Nature & Wildlife

Naturelovers will feel right at home the Waitaki District.
 Unique wildlife, striking mountain scenes, glacier-fed lakes, rolling farmland and beautiful coastline…take your pick -we’ve got it all! Marvel at the wondrous geological landforms, witness the vibrant autumn colours that light up the Waitaki Valley or visit our local wildlife including the world’s smallest penguin.Come experience pure nature so good you’ll want to see more.


A beautiful gorge set in a working farm with remnants of an ancient seafloor that at one time stretch much further inland than the present-day coastline at Oamaru.

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Earthquakes refers to an area of sheer limestone cliffs and rocks near Duntroon. The name came about when it was thought the large house-size rocks were dislodged by earthquakes. However, in reality, the boulders were split away due to the land slumping many years ago.

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Elephant Rocks

Wander through the towering limestone rocks at Elephant Rocks. A geological wonder of the Waitaki, this unique landscape has featured in films such as Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

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Glide Omarama

Come experience some of the world’s best wave flying as well as astonishing ridge, thermal and convergence soaring amidst the spectacular and dramatic mountains of the Southern Alps.

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Hot Tubs Omarama

Imagine soaking outdoors in a beautiful wooden tub with 1600 litres of hot water. You can find Hot Tubs Omarama on the main highway between Christchurch and Queenstown.

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