fun for all the family

Family Fun

Make memories with the entire family in the Waitaki District.

Bring the family and have an unforgettable holiday in the Waitaki. Grab your bikes for the ultimate cycling adventure, explore Oamaru's Victorian Precinct and dress up for a period photo, or visit unique wildlife including two types of penguin. There's countless options to keep the the troops entertained this trip. 

Come visit, come play.

Activities for the Family

Adventure, natural attractions and wildlife galore - Oamaru and the Waitaki District will keep the entire family entertained.
  • Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
    Visit the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony for a day tour or view the penguins coming ashore at dusk. A truly memorable experience for both children and parents

  • Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail
    The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail showcases New Zealand's stunning natural landscapes - from our highest mountains, past great lakes and rivers, and down to the ocean. Suitable for all ages, the 9 section bike trail is an easy to intermediate grade, linking the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean

  • Oamaru Victorian Precinct
    Explore the Victorian Precinct where you and your family can get dressed up in Victorian clothing, ride a penny farthing, play on the Steampunk playground and get lost in time. You'll also find plenty of shopping, traditional crafts, a bakery, ice cream shop and a whole lot more!

  • Waitaki Aquatic Centre
    Take the kids to our local aquatic centre. Here you'll find something for everyone; a childrens pool, a diving board, a 25m eight lane pool and a hot spa pool

  • Geological Landscapes
    View some of New Zealand’s most interesting land formations including:

    - Clay Cliffs

    Elephant Rocks

    Moeraki Boulders

Waitaki Family Events

Come experience the best of our local events; from the weekly markets to annual showpieces.
  • Farmers Market
    Get fresh with the locals at Oamaru's weekly farmers market. Meet the local farmers and producers and take your pick of the best seasonal produce our region has to offer. Here you'll find a great selection of fruit, veges, meat, fish, baking, plants, preserves, eggs and more. There's also plenty of crafts, coffee and more!

  • Fire and Steam
    This is an excellent family event held in Oamaru's Victorian Precinct, bringing the old limestone buildings of Harbour Street to life. This event celebrates fire and steam with spectacular lighting, sound and special effects. This great family-friendly event has plenty for the kids, including free face-painting and a disco. There is plenty of live music, street entertainment and food stalls - something for everyone!

  • Victorian Heritage Celebrations
    The 2016 celebrations are from the 16th-20th November. This years theme is A Year to Reflect on the Intriguing World of Medicine in the Victorian Era. There are plenty of family-friendly events in this years program. Have a look at our events page for more information!

Waitaki Parks, Reserves and Playgrounds

Parks perfect for family picnics and reserves great for outdoor family fun.
  • Oamaru Public Gardens
    One of the oldest public gardens, the Oamaru Public Gardens are well worth a visit and are enjoyed by all ages. Oamaru's gardens reflect the unique character and proud heritage of the town. Take the kids along to the children's playground where you'll find plenty of play equipment and even a paddling pool

  • Steampunk Playground

Visit this crazy and quirky playground on the edge of Oamaru Harbour and the Victorian Precinct. There's a giant penny farthing swing, a human hamster wheel and much more!

  • Trotters Gorge
    This is a gorgeous family standard campsite in a bush-setting. Popular with day trippers as well as campers, there are tracks for walking and a few small swimming holes. Dogs are allowed too - but please keep them on a leash