Explore New Zealand’s newest wine region with three cellar doors all within a few minutes of each other, if you prefer someone else to do the driving while you do the tasting, Waitaki Wine Tours is the solution for you. The bespoke and personalised tours give a much deeper insight into the wine region than visitors can assess by themselves. 

With the braided Waitaki River running past Kurow, there are beautiful wetlands to explore, and a Braided River Jetboat trip will get you up close to the bird life and stories of what makes the braided river so unique and special. Unlike other jetboat tours, Braided River Tours can be made as high adrenaline or as peacefully idyllic as you would like. 

To see over the region, take the Kurow Hill walk
and finish off with a trip to the Kurow Museum which give a fascinating glimpse into the area’s past. 

Kurow is also the birthplace of legendary All Black Ritchie McCaw


Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

New Zealand’s longest and most spectacular cycle trail – this is a trail not to be missed. The name says it all; start at Aoraki Mt Cook in the heart of the stunning Southern Alps or the equally beautiful Lake Tekapo Village and wind your way round mountains, deep-blue lakes and canals, then rolling farmland before meeting the Pacific Ocean on the edge of Oamaru Harbour.

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Aviemore Dam

The Aviemore Hydro-Dam was constructed during the 1960s and became fully operational in 1968. The Aviemore’s generators are the largest in New Zealand, generating enough electricity each year for about 120,000 New Zealand homes. The pipes that carry water into the power station, called “penstocks,” are the largest in New

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Braided River Jet Boating

Jetboating with a difference.
These tailormade braided river experiences will have your heart pumping with each turn or will have gazing out at wildlife that is unique to the braided river system. Each trip is tailor-made to your preferences. Choose from an adventure to the Waitaki Hydro-Dam, out toward the Pacific Ocean, or hours sight-seeing and maybe a bit of fishing.

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Grants Rd Loop

Biking route Time : 1-2 hoursDistance : approximately 29km From Kurow, head east along the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail (A2O), exiting down the Oteake River flood route (11km in) which brings you out nearly opposite Grants Rd. Exit through the gate, cross SH83, head up Grants Rd to the top

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Hakataramea Loop

Biking route Time : approximately 2hDistance : 30km From Kurow, cross the Waitaki River via SH82 and turn left onto Hakataramea Valley Rd. Carry on following the Hakataramea River until Wrights Crossing. After crossing the river here, turn right onto McHenrys Rd to head back down the valley onto SH82

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Heli-Jet Combo

Feel the river up close, then see if from above – this is one special experience!
Snake through the turns on the braided Waitaki river, then fly over the river with views stretching from the mountains out to the Pacific Ocean.

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Kurow Museum

See first hand how our forefathers coped with life. With photographs and exhibits the museum tells a story that is unique to the Waitaki Valley. The Waitaki has been a region of great developments in agriculture, hydroelectricity and social reforms – learn about these and more at the Kurow Museum

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Kurow town loop

Biking route Time : 45 minutes Distance : approximately 7km Starting at the Kurow shops, head along the A2O to the first creek, Kurow Creek. Instead of crossing, head up the first A2O flood route (3km in), crossing SH83 into Settlement Rd. Follow Settlement Rd past the refuse centre and

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Kurow Wetlands

The Kurow Wetlands were constructed and maintained by local volunteers to preserve and protect the stunning natural environment and wildlife in the braided river environment.

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Lake Waitaki

Lake Waitaki is the smallest, oldest and farthest downstream of the three man-made lakes of the Waitaki hydroelectric scheme. Close to Kurow, Lake Waitaki is below Aviemore and Benmore on the Waitaki River. It a great spot, popular for water-sports and fishing.

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Ostler Vineyards

A boutique producer of cool climate wines including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling, Ostler Vineyards wine is “38 million years in the making,” due to the limestone based soils in which the grapes are grown. Head to their cellar door, Vintners Drop, in the old post office in Kurow for a taste

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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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