Get inspired to explore
The Waitaki is a place of scenic contrast and haunting natural beauty. Experience this stunning region combining wild, windswept coastline with emerald plains and towering mountains.
Exploring the Waitaki is fascinating and can fit into any itinerary,
whether you have a few hours or a few days, alone, with young kids or taking some time as a couple.
… So, what are you waiting for?
CULTURE & HERITAGE
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.
EAT & DRINK
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!
NATURE & WILDLIFE
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.
WAITAKI WHITESTONE ASPIRING GLOBAL GEOPARK
Discover the first Geopark in New Zealand
The Waitaki Whitestone aspiring Global Geopark covers the whole 7,200 square kilometres of the Waitaki District which was Formed under an ancient sea and built on the remains of prehistoric creatures from a vanished world.
WALKING & BIKING
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.