Eat & Drink

Don’t let our culinary delights pass you by…

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! 

Our land, water, producers, and creative foodies all come together to serve you the cheesiest, creamiest, drizzliest, fizziest, fluffiest, juiciest, most lavish food &. beverage choices and dining memories. 


Give those tired taste-buds a wee treat and sample some of our culinary delights.

Our picks

Oamaru

Craftwork Brewery and Tasting Room

We are a Belgian-inspired brewery, making Farmhouse, Abbey, and Barrel-aged sour beer, and in the heart of the Victorian Precinct, lies our little tasting room. We serve beers on tap and by the bottle, and often have available ‘special’ beers that aren’t always available at our stockists. The perfect match for

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Oamaru

Cucina

Having won the gold medal in the 2019’s Beef and Lamb excellence awards, as well as other awards, dining at Cucina is a must while in Oamaru. Embark on a Geo Degustation and savour the tastes of the region with their dishes made with fresh local produce.

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Moeraki

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. Situated in the small seaside fishing village of Moeraki, Fleur’s specialty is fresh fish straight off

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Omarama

High Country Salmon

High Country Salmon is a boutique, 100% New Zealand family owned salmon farm, situated 3km south of Twizel, and 25km from Omarama.  We grow glacial mountain salmon (chinook or king salmon) in the hydro canal system – this constant flow of clean water means that our salmon are fitter than

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Oamaru

Oamaru Farmers’ Market

Located at the end of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, right next to Friendly Bay and the Historic Precinct, you will find the vibrant Oamaru Farmers Market. The market is the perfect Sunday hangout spot all year round, somewhere to grab a bite and a coffee, and your place

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Kurow

Q Wine

Waitaki Valley Q Wine produces a premium Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir Rose. Q Wine vineyard is located near the charming village of Kurow. Blessed with limestone rich soils and long dry summers results in stunning wines that are interesting, different, and in blunt terms, damn good. Auckland

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Kurow

River-T Wines Cellar Door

River-T Estate is a small boutique vineyard with a mix of grape varieties, on the banks of the Waitaki River. River-T Estate cellar door has the largest stock of Waitaki wines in the world.

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Oamaru

Riverstone Kitchen

New Zealand’s Restaurant of the Year in 2010. Riverstone Kitchen is a more casual café by day before morphing into a relaxed yet focused evening restaurant. The short, uncluttered menu focuses on local ingredients, with much of the produce from the family’s gardens. In 2006, Bevan Smith returned to New

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