The Waitaki is made up many small towns that each have their own charm and character. Exploring these towns is like exploring the lives
of the people who live there.
The first people to live in the area hundreds of years ago were Maori who used the Waitaki river as a highway to move up and down the valley, more recently people came from Europe to settle the area and found there were naturally no trees but an abundance of a creamy white limestone that could be easily carved into the ornate buildings that reflected their heritage.
Come discover the stories of the people who were shaped by the land they built from – all across the Waitaki you will see the remnants
of our ancient and our more recent past
and feel the energy of the communities which live here now, which embodies our hope for the future, just like those who have gone before us.
Come discover our ordinary, we’ve be told that
it’s actually pretty extraordinary!
Just 35 minutes from Oamaru, Duntroon and the surrounding area is home to a unique and interesting mixture of natural,
historical and cultural attractions that are unlike anything else.
Moeraki is a tranquil fishing village which was once used as a whaling station by early Europeans
and is now home to a world-renowned restaurant, Fleur’s Place.
Oamaru is the largest town in the Waitaki District; most famous for its penguin colony and limestone architecture of the Victorian Precinct – but that’s just the beginning of what the town has to offer.
Omarama is the intersection between Queenstown and Wanaka to the South, Twizel and Aoraki Mt Cook to the North
and the Waitaki to the East, Omarama is a perfect base for exploring the area.