indulge a little - or a lot

Food Lovers

The Waitaki District has some of the best cuisine in the country.

With award winning restaurants, talented local experts and the freshest produce straight from the garden and sea, you can indulge a little - or a lot! Give those tired taste-buds a wee treat and sample some of our culinary delights.

Come visit, come enjoy.


Indulge in the Waitaki

  • Fleurs Place

    When British television chef and restaurateur Rick Stein was told he could choose to go anywhere in the world to write a travel article for English newspaper the Daily Mail, he chose Fleurs Place in Moeraki, New Zealand. Situated in the small seaside fishing village of Moeraki, Fleur’s specialty is fresh fish straight off the boats

  • Riverstone Kitchen
    Riverstone was awarded the Cuisine New Zealand 'Restaurant of the Year' in 2010 and it is easy to see why. With a focus on fresh quality produce, Riverstone is a divine dining experience which the whole family can enjoy

  • Portside

    With its stunning location nestled on Oamaru’s historic harbour, Portside enjoys a fantastic vista stretching from town, past the local fishing fleet out across the Pacific Ocean. Relax on the deck for lunch, enjoy a platter and some drinks or have dinner with friends and family

  • Whitestone Cheese

    Whitestone offer delicious artisan cheeses made in Oamaru. The Cuisine Champions of Cheese Awards presented Whitestone Cheese with the most awards of any brand entered in 2011. Take a self guided tour of the factory before sampling a platter of award winning cheese.

  • Star and Garter
    One of New Zealand's oldest restaurant/cafe's, serving continuously for 100 years! The menu is full of traditional Kiwi meals, from fish and chips to lamb’s fry, soups, salads and a whole lot more!

Try the Waitaki's Local Experts

  • Scott's Brewing Co.

    Located on the edge of Oamaru's Victorian Precinct and beside Oamaru Harbour, Scott's produces New Zealand's only gluten-free beer. With a great selection of other craft beers made from the purest, local ingredients, enjoy a cold one out on the deck or on the lawn with a gourmet pizza to follow

  • The New Zealand Whisky Company

    A few years back, the NZ Whisky Company bought at auction, the last 80,000 litres of cask strength whisky from what was the southern-most distillery in the world. Head to the cellar door to sample their full range of specialty whiskies including the Oamaruvian and the Dunedin DoubleWood (among many others)

  • Pasquale Kurow Winery

    Kurow Winery produces a range of award winning wines produced in one of the cleanest and most beautiful areas of New Zealand. With a cellar door, wine tastings and platter lunches available, Kurow Winery is a must visit in the Valley

  • Whitestone Cheese

    The Cuisine Champions of Cheese Awards presented Whitestone Cheese with the most awards of any brand entered in 2011. Take a self guided tour of the factory before sampling a platter of award winning cheese

  • Ostler Vineyards

    A boutique producer of cool climate wines including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling, Ostler Vineyards wine is "38 million years in the making," due to the limestone based soils in which the grapes are grown. Head to their cellar door, Vintners Drop, in the old post office in Kurow for a taste

Waitaki's Cafés

  • The Galley
    This iron-clad, rustic eatery right on the waters edge at Oamaru's Harbour, serves great favourites including burgers and fish 'n' chips. Enjoy your coffee from the deck overlooking the beautiful Friendly Bay  

  • Steam Cafe
    On the edge of the Victorian Precicnt, Steam is the place to go for Oamaru's best home-roasted coffees, freshly made juices and home-baked cakes. A great place for a quick lunch, you can also buy ground coffee or a bag of beans for home.

  • Tees Street
    Formerly a Victorian Drapers shop, come taste delicious food & beverages made with love. Pop in for a cooked breakfast, light lunch, counter food, coffee or other drinks and see why this is one of Oamaru's best cafes!

  • ShortBlack Cafe
    This popular cafe offers organic fair trade coffee beans to accompany some delicious foods. Try the famous 'mayhem milkshakes' (Thurs, Fri and Sat only)

  • The Roost Cafe
    Situated in the heart of OamaruRoost Cafe is a great dining option offering patrons a lovely ambience and character. Roost is the ideal spot for a relaxing cuppa, a tasty meal or a quick bite and coffee to go!

  • Bean on Thames
    A boutique café located in the heart of Oamaru, Bean on Thames has a mouth-watering selection of counter and cabinet food. Pair that with a great coffee, this is a great option for either a sit down-meal or food on the run

  • The Woolstore Cafe
    Part of the Woolstore Complex, pop into the cafe to refuel before exploring the rest of the complex and Oamaru's Victorian Precinct. The Woolstore offers some tasty treats for everyone and makes a great coffee too

  • The Wrinkly Rams
    A great roadside cafe/restaurant/shopping complex even with sheep-shearing shows! The Wrinkly Rams in Omarama is well known for delicious food and great service. With an extensive range of cabinet and counter food, and a breakfast/lunch menu to boot, here you will be spoiled for choice!

  • The Station Cafe
    Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; with cabinet food, takeaways and plenty of space to dine in. Enjoy your meal on the deck outside or order your food to go at what was the former Railway Station in Palmerston. The Station Cafe offers a great variety of tasty treats, with snacks, light meals, takeaways and more!