The Harbour Street Jazz Festival is just around the corner!

If you like your tunes smooth and groovy you’re in for a treat. Enjoy over thirty-five performances across three nights of jazz, blues, and soul during the Oamaru Licencing Trust Harbour Street Jazz and Blues Festival. This means you have three days to get under the skin of the Waitaki District!

From the 19th to the 21st of March, you are invited to explore historic Ōamaru against a soundtrack of tickled ivories, saxophones, and soul-stirring crooners. Home to the most well-preserved Victorian streetscape in New Zealand, Ōamaru is a seaside haven where the café culture thrives and the past is celebrated.


The first Geopark in New Zealand

Discover the Waitaki, a region offering natural geological marvels, historic treasures, iconic photo opportunities and outright adventure!

Overflowing with natural beauty from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, rich in culture and heritage and brimming with activities for all types of explorers.

Come explore our region – its stunning landscapes, its stories, its people and see what we mean….


Nature lovers will feel right at home in the Waitaki

If you want to feel like seeing glacier-fed lakes and stunning coastline with rare seabirds and native marine life is ordinary – get your fill of the Waitaki.


Your adventure, your way

Adventure is personal; but no matter what your adventure preference is, it’s about doing something brave, something you’ll never forget … In the Waitaki, we have our own special kind of adventure that you’ll find nowhere else. 


Fill your days exploring our world-changing and unforgettable past

Oamaru and the Waitaki have a rich history and heritage from Victorian streetscapes and Maori history to Steampunk and gorgeous galleries.


Don’t let our culinary delights pass you by!

The Waitaki 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! 


Explore paths less-travelled

Whether you have a spare hour or a spare few days in the area, discover the great selection of routes to choose from and combine as you journey through the Waitaki. 


Your holiday in the Waitaki District awaits.

The spirit of the Waitaki District inspires unmatched possibility. Exploration, relaxation, and reconnection. Come and experience our southern wonderland for yourself. (Re)discover our beautiful region, right here in your own backyard.