Coastal North Otago
Herbert, Maheno & Waianakarua
Herbert is a quaint village set on sheltered hills and named after British Secretary of War, Sidney Herbert. Close to Herbert, Waianakarua (the 5 A's) is home to the oldest stone bridge still used on a New Zealand highway. A historic mill house provides dining and accommodation facilities while the nearby Waianakarua River provides swimming and picnic spots.
Just ten minutes south of Oamaru, Maheno is known for its collection of charming churches and Clarks Mill - a historic flour mill with a labyrinth of early machinery still intact inside. From Maheno, visitors can take a winding inland route through farmland to Livingstone, Danseys Pass, Duntroon or the Waitaki Valley. Alternatively, visitors can sneak out to the seaside town of Kakanui, or journey on south via SH1.