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Sweet Stays & Eclectic Accommodation in the Waitaki

Reasons never cease for visiting Waitaki, the sweet spot of New Zealand. From its charming Victorian heritage to the sheer scenic beauty of the Waitaki Whitestone Aspiring Global Geopark, the District is a feast for the eyes. The beautiful hotels, lodges, and bed and breakfasts on offer are the cherry

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Stay at the whimsical Casa Nova House

Kings and Queens looking to rest their weary heads in spellbinding Ōamaru will find Casa Nova House has been re-imagined for them. This boutique bed and breakfast is officially open. A tapas style restaurant downstairs is set to send tastebuds into a sizzle at a later date.

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Stay at Poshtel

Who hasn’t pondered the possibilities of slipping by unnoticed and staying after hours at a museum or gallery? To slumber under history, art, and memorabilia is a one-of-a-kind experience. Here, in historic Ōamaru, you don’t have to sneak past security to enjoy this surreal kind of shut eye. Spend the

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Autumn golden tones in the Waitaki

Here in the Waitaki District, where the staggering landscapes stretch from Flag Swamp almost to the foot of Aoraki Mount Cook, there are plenty of opportunities for red leaf hunters to see the changing colours of Autumn. Be quick to view the impressive autumn foliage, it’ll be winter before you

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Top 10 Ways to Treat Yourself in the Waitaki

Hello overworked humans. Stop wringing your hands into a worry! When you’re going through the motions it can be easy to forget to take a much needed moment for yourself. Sometimes a vacation is not just about physically getting away from it all, but stepping back, and taking a mental

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Celebrate World Penguin Day in the Waitaki

Every year on April 25th the world raises a glass to the penguin, the adorable seabird whose existence is on the edge. We wouldn’t know waddle do without them. Luckily, here in the Waitaki District we have lots of opportunities to learn about and admire our tuxedoed friends. So, put

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The Goldfields Cavalcade adventure

The horses trekked across the Otago goldfields and the cyclists pedalled. The high country ahead was a long stretch, rugged, and beautiful. Early in March, the Goldfields Cavalcade transported horse riders, walkers, runners, and 51 cyclists back to the days of damper and mutton for lunch, saloons, and gold pans

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Harbour Street Jazz and Blues Festival 2021

Otago Anniversary weekend in Oamaru saw the small seaside town overflow with soaring pipes, harmonica, and guitar. The Oamaru Licencing Trust Harbour Street Jazz and Blues Festival showcased the best jazz talent from Oamaru and beyond. Jazz was lavished across cafes, hotels, restaurants and swung about in breweries, galleries, and

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Celebrating iconic women of Ōamaru

3.82 billion exist. Today’s the day to mark their achievements. It’s International Women’s Day. We’re celebrating by focusing on three unstoppable women who have called Ōamaru home. These women who had struggles (mental health, disabilities, and yes, the patriarchy) but nevertheless they persisted to make a profound difference to their

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Celebrate NZ Children’s Day in the Waitaki

Once upon a time there was a small girl and a small boy who visited the same playground in their village every Te Rā O Ngā Tamariki – Children’s Day. Come March 7th, the two would slide and swing and seesaw. But this year, something was different. They knew every

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Celebrate Wildlife Day in the Waitaki

When you chat with outdoorsy people, animal lovers, adventurers, swapping stories of hikes and creatures in the wild, you might discover there’s beauty in your backyard you just took for granted. In honour of World Wildlife Day, now is the perfect time to explore the far reaches of the Waitaki

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What’s 5 Stars and Free? The Oamaru Public Gardens

There’s a utopia hidden away in Ōamaru that has often been overlooked, but no more! The Oamaru Public Gardens have received a 5 star ‘Garden of National Significance’ rating. Following an on-site assessment, the gardens were evaluated on landscaping and planting design, horticultural maintenance, visitor experience and wow factor. Praising

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Riding the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail for a good cause

“If you’re really fit it’s a good challenge to do.” Wayne Munn said of his recent tour de force in determination. He wasn’t talking about mere squats or push-ups. Wayne and his friend Ben Washington rode the entirety of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail in one day, raising money

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Let the Waitaki take your breath away this Valentines

While you may think Valentine’s Day is too commercialised and too cheesy (yes and yes), it’s also always cute to tell your loved ones you love them. And a little thought put into the day doesn’t hurt. No one wants to be on the receiving end of a last-minute ‘these

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Here Comes the Sunflowers

It’s time to put the petal to the metal! Head out to Topflite’s sunflowers while the fields are still in full bloom—harvesting will begin in March. The vivid flowers are planted in a different location every year to avoid build up of diseases in the soil, and this time they

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Top 10 Instagrammable spots in the Waitaki

Part of the joy of travelling is sticking your lovely self in front of iconic locales and snapping a shot. “I was actually here!” You can say and show your Mum, your friends, and your 90 year old self all the places you traipsed. There will never come a time

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Celebrate Cheese Lovers Day With Whitestone Cheese

Cheese. Proof of a higher power or just a gooey accident that tastes like home? Either way, cheese has been sparking happiness in humans since…well, no one knows. The origins of cheese predate recorded history. A commonly held theory places the invention 8,000 years ago at the hands of an

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How to have an eco-friendly adventure in the Waitaki

If you’re an eco-warrior with wanderlust, you’ll know planning greener adventures can take more time and effort—but it’s worth it. From the activities to the accommodation, it’s important for green thinking travellers to reduce the impact their holidays have on the planet. So, how on earth do you travel while

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The Waitaki Museum has reopened!

Just like the spark from a flint that turns into flame, each artefact at the reopened and newly refurbished Waitaki Museum is a precious touch point for the culturally significant stories the Waitaki District has to offer.   Acting Director Chloe Searle is very keen to see visitors back in

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Mariner Suites now open in Oamaru

The Waitaki District’s newest accommodation Mariner Suites is nestled in the perfect spot, with the striking Oamaru coastline on offer, and the stunning Victorian precinct a mere knucklebone’s throw away. The hotel’s doors opened on December 1st and straight away saw support from locals, with two Ōamaruvians enjoying a luxurious

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The 5 wonders of the Waitaki

Air NZ recently took to our crystal clear skies to find the 8th wonder of the world within Aotearoa. The Moeraki Boulders got a shout out so we thought we’d divulge a little more information on the many wonders of the Waitaki, just as Antipater of Sidon did in the

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Live from the Ōamaru Blue Penguin Colony

While the human kingdom froze their travel plans during lockdown, NZ’s iconic wildlife never stopped going with the flow. In fact, the Ōamaru Blue Penguin Colony has been given opportunities to spread its wings (well, flippers) further than ever before.   A live stream of the colony, as the world’s

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Celebrating 71 years of sweetness at the Rainbow Confectionery

Imagine a moment of therapy. Did your mind conjure up a New Yorker style cartoon of a patient lying on a couch and bespectacled therapist looking at the clock? Thought so.   And yet, closer to home, Rainbow Confectionery—a far cry from the psychoanalytic stereotype—has played an integral role in

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