You must visit Oamaru and the Waitaki district to renew your soul, recharge your batteries and rediscover your past.

Fiona McGregor, Local

Come see the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony because it is the only place you are guaranteed to see Blue Penguins day or night, wild, in their native habitat, anywhere in the country.

Jason Gaskill, Local

The Waitaki Valley offers the traveller a journey of stunning beauty, where the landscape changes every 15 minutes. See a unique natural amphitheatre of the Elephant Rocks formed over millions of years.

Mike Gray, Local

I love the ambiance of the precinct, whether it is during the day when you can walk down the cobbled street and imagine the bustle of the street in times gone by or in the evening - with the old style lamplights and the almost eerie atmosphere of the beautiful Victorian architecture.

Carolyn Van Zyl, Local

Nothing beats teeing off from the 5th tee overlooking the coast to the Pacific Ocean, a round of wait free world class golfing for 25 dollars!

Simon Berry, Local

Wonderful food, country setting, children’s play area and my husband loves the place because it has 3 sheds full of wonderful and unusual gifts to look at and buy. I just make sure I’m holding the wallet!

Ingrid Ramsey, Local

Kurow Winery a must visit if you are travelling in the Waitaki Valley; treat your taste buds to award winning wines and indulge in local fare, including famous Whitestone Cheese with a Kurow Platter!

Megan Howell, Local

Enjoy fresh seafood straight off the boats at Fleur’s Place. This rustic restaurant is situated right on the water front at Moeraki and is a magical place to enjoy lunch or dinner.

Courtney Familton, Local

I “LOVE” visiting the Oamaru Gardens; a sprawling, romantic hideaway in the heart of Oamaru. Wondering from one secret garden room to another there’s so much to enjoy and admire; from beautifully manicured seasonal flower beds, to bird aviaries, ponds and sprawling natural streams.

Jan Kennedy, Local

This place blows me away! The first time I enjoyed these hot tubs it was the most beautiful winters day – snow capped mountains, sunshine and the warmth and comfort of being immersed in soft, warm water.

Tania Pacey, Local

This unique boutique gallery houses various collections of national significance with the exhibited works changing every month.

David Williams, Local

Opening in 2012, the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail is going to take in some of the most diverse and incredible scenery and give visitors an opportunity to experience first-hand the beauty of our wonderful district.

Annabel Berry, Local

There are a huge amount of reasons why you MUST VISIT Oamaru and the Waitaki District. Surrounded by stunning natural beauty and with some of New Zealand’s best 19th century architecture, the district offers visitors a welcoming and friendly environment with a huge range of experiences to participate in and ENJOY. Because that is what it is all about – having a break, enjoying our wonderful landscapes, activities and attractions and having fun with family and friends. We look forward to welcoming you to our district.

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