The Waitaki Valley is an unspoilt, untouched paradise with some of the best scenery in New Zealand. A drive through the Valley will inspire you to get in touch with nature, either through camping, boating or picnicking by the beautiful braided river or one of the three lakes or through exploring the fossil trail and other limestone wonders. The developing wine industry in the Valley provides the opportunity to experience cold climate varietals while enjoying a platter made of local produce. Popular activities include soaking in the hot tubs, gliding over the McKenzie basin, skiing or boarding in the mountains or meandering through nature walks.
Ohau is real New Zealand, a place that includes many holiday homes and is the gateway to the Ohau lake, walking and bike tracks and the Ohau ski field. The ski field provides a wonderful community atmosphere where locals and visitors get to know each other on the hill. The Ohau lodge has spectacular views of the lake and mountains and is a great place to stay and get to know people from New Zealand and all over the world. If you want to get away from it all and relax amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand then Ohau is the place to visit.
Omarama – the place of light – is the town to stay in on the way from Christchurch to Queenstown. It has a strong reputation as the gliding capital of the world where you can soar over the beautiful Waitaki Valley and McKenzie basin. You must spend some time soaking in the Omarama Hot Tubs or watch a live sheep shearing show at Wrinkly Rams. The river and lakes provide the ideal location for fishing, boating, picnicking or other recreational pursuits. Just north of Omarama you can drive to the Clay Cliffs and see stunning rock formations. Omarama is the ideal location to take a few days to relax and unwind and explore the wonderful Waitaki Valley.
Otematata is positioned right between the hydro dam lakes and is a popular for water sports holidays, walking, cycling, swimming, boating and fishing. The township also has a nine hole golf course, various accommodation options and facilities.
Duntroon is home to incredible geological formations that bring visitors from all over the world. The Elephant Rocks site is the perfect location to see incredible limestone formations. Through a local tour company you can even abseil or rock climb off the rocks for a truly memorable experience. Starting at the Vanished World centre in Duntroon you can wind your way through the Valley and visit some key fossil sites that have been preserved by local landowners.
Duntroon has also preserved some of the more unique aspects of its past in a restored gaol and blacksmiths forge.
Kurow is centrally located in the middle of the Waitaki Valley and provides the base for many activities including watersports, camping, cycling and fishing. Do a wine tour to Kurow Winery for a platter and wine tasting or stop in at regional wine tasting room, Vintners Drop in the old Post Office in Kurow. The Kurow Museum is a must visit and provides great local history and knowledge of the area. You can explore Maori Rock Art or unique geological landforms like Elephant Rocks and Earthquakes. To truely experience real New Zealand you must stay at Kurow.
New citizens welcomed: Nineteen people swore allegiance to the Queen and were formally welcomed to the Waitaki... http://t.co/grbbvwOjXj
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Temperature +12.6 Deg C at Mon, Sep 01 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 54%, 1024 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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RT @WDLibraries: This week is Tongan Language Week & we have awesome performances lined up! Check out times etc here: http://t.co/sVe9TtuAL…
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This week is Tongan Language Week & we have awesome performances lined up! Check out times etc here: http://t.co/sVe9TtuALA #OamaruLibrary
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The last day of winter today and what a stunner in the Waitaki Valley! Just had to stop and do a few pics on the... http://t.co/8EtZHovZiH
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RT @KurowVillage: The #Bacchanals are playing at the Scottish Hall in Oamaru Monday night 7pm. Judging by the Kurow reviews it is a must se…
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Temperature +15.9 Deg C at Sun, Aug 31 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 37%, 1028 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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RT @DonnaSColeman: The #Bacchanals have been to Kurow! They're BRILLIANT. "Once we built a tower" #Waitaki
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The #Bacchanals are playing at the Scottish Hall in Oamaru Monday night 7pm. Judging by the Kurow reviews it is a must see. Tales of Waitaki
We played in Kurow and visited the Waitaki Dam!! Thanks Bob 😃 http://t.co/JqQaw5ylYV
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The #Bacchanals have been to Kurow! They're BRILLIANT. "Once we built a tower" #Waitaki
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Keeping it simple at the Waitaki Hydro Electric Plant #OWBATtour http://t.co/uYpHYZ3F8Q
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雨の土曜はForrestのWaitaki Pinot Noir。最近フォレストよりリリースされたこのワインはノースオタゴのワイタキ地区からのワイン。やっと廉価なピノノワールが発売。雨の午後とパーフェクトマッチング。#ニュージーランド http://t.co/3vKDBGaH9e
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bit of wind and wetly weekend, thinking of matching? rainy saturday afternoon and Forrest Waitaki Pinot Noir.#nzwine http://t.co/2VX0VDsM0i
Temperature +13.8 Deg C at Sat, Aug 30 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 46%, 1036 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Big Red Bus in Rangitata, soon coming to Waitaki, spreading the red!
RT @SaigonSyl: Holy shit balls the Waitaki Valley is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen
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Holy shit balls the Waitaki Valley is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen
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Pleased to welcome people to the launch of the Community Safety Strategy at WGHS. Waitaki is a wonderful community caring for our kids.
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Temperature +15.1 Deg C at Fri, Aug 29 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 39%, 1039 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Advanced voting opens up on 3 September. Check this out to find out when and where your nearest voting booth is. http://t.co/qF7qTFK1MR
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WAITAKI GOOD SORTS
Our Good Sort for August is Susan Bamber-Dawson.
Susan was nominated by a work colleague, for... http://t.co/n3wq2JolIe
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#Trafficwatch #moving Waitaki way at ABC http://t.co/RBIwXfKx3C via @Nairobiboundbus
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#Trafficwatch #moving Waitaki way at ABC @Ma3Route http://t.co/b0lzBMTsaZ
@zedsdead23 Like SKC. Beat Waitaki THREE times this year. Great write up on my nephew in the Sky Sport blog this week.
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According to the ODT, there are five electorates in the South: Waitaki, Clutha/southland, Invercargill, Dunedin North and South....
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RT @WaitakiDC: A free event tomorrow evening. Safer Waitaki promise an excellent speaker. If you are parents of teenagers this... http://t…
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Te Kohurau Cafe & Restaurant Kurow website's latest business listing #food #waitaki http://t.co/nq5mA4Yxvg
RT @WDLibraries: Happy Birthday to #gigatownOamaru's Janet Frame, born 90 years ago today: 28th August 1924. Check out her works here: http…
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Temperature +15.5 Deg C at Thu, Aug 28 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 35%, 1038 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
RT @WDLibraries: Check out the great line up of performances for Tongan Language Week next week at #OamaruLibrary! http://t.co/sVe9TtuALA
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Great to see this news from out of Timaru this morning #tbhs #rugby #pride http://t.co/eekTHQnQJT
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A free event tomorrow evening. Safer Waitaki promise an excellent speaker. If you are parents of teenagers this... http://t.co/Fa7tNjUvJY
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RT @debrina101: @WDLibraries calls to mind a couple of lakes in the Waitaki District that might need a floating library/librarian!
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Check out the great line up of performances for Tongan Language Week next week at #OamaruLibrary! http://t.co/sVe9TtuALA
@WDLibraries calls to mind a couple of lakes in the Waitaki District that might need a floating library/librarian!
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Temperature +15.2 Deg C at Wed, Aug 27 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 40%, 1037 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Oamaru News - Cape Wanbrow now open to the public http://t.co/uHkwmtW4wi
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Oamaru News - Amnesty to encourage people to register dogs http://t.co/wHZ50pMmmD
Amnesty to encourage people to register dogs: Waitaki District Council is offering an amnesty to all dog owner... http://t.co/IAAOujYKDD
Cape Wanbrow now open to the public: http://t.co/pxy0g3PYK5 #OamaruMail
Amnesty to encourage people to register dogs: http://t.co/q5zgJKSEkh #OamaruMail
Temperature +11.5 Deg C at Tue, Aug 26 2014, 03:00 PM, Humidity 50%, 1035 hpa http://t.co/K1krtMvjhS #otematata #waitaki
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Just arrived at the Kurow Info Centre- wonderful bridge demolition poems by Year 7 and 8 students from Waitaki Valley School. A must read
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RT @news24hnzl: Strategy promotes safety and well-being in community: A Waitaki Community Safety Strategy which is to focus on... http://t.…
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Strategy promotes safety and well-being in community: A Waitaki Community Safety Strategy which is to focus on... http://t.co/V12RWoIF9D
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What year were u doing that at Waitaki boys @markmywords2012
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RT @WaitakiDC: Today (25/8/14) is the last day for first quarter rates payments before a penalty is applied. If you are paying... http://t.…
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