The Waitaki Valley is an unspoilt, untouched paradise with some of the best scenery in New Zealand. A drive through the Valley will inspire you to get in touch with nature, either through camping, boating or picnicking by the beautiful braided river or one of the three lakes or through exploring the fossil trail and other limestone wonders. The developing wine industry in the Valley provides the opportunity to experience cold climate varietals while enjoying a platter made of local produce. Popular activities include soaking in the hot tubs, gliding over the McKenzie basin, skiing or boarding in the mountains or meandering through nature walks.
Ohau is real New Zealand, a place that includes many holiday homes and is the gateway to the Ohau lake, walking and bike tracks and the Ohau ski field. The ski field provides a wonderful community atmosphere where locals and visitors get to know each other on the hill. The Ohau lodge has spectacular views of the lake and mountains and is a great place to stay and get to know people from New Zealand and all over the world. If you want to get away from it all and relax amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand then Ohau is the place to visit.
Omarama – the place of light – is the town to stay in on the way from Christchurch to Queenstown. It has a strong reputation as the gliding capital of the world where you can soar over the beautiful Waitaki Valley and McKenzie basin. You must spend some time soaking in the Omarama Hot Tubs or watch a live sheep shearing show at Wrinkly Rams. The river and lakes provide the ideal location for fishing, boating, picnicking or other recreational pursuits. Just north of Omarama you can drive to the Clay Cliffs and see stunning rock formations. Omarama is the ideal location to take a few days to relax and unwind and explore the wonderful Waitaki Valley.
Otematata is positioned right between the hydro dam lakes and is a popular for water sports holidays, walking, cycling, swimming, boating and fishing. The township also has a nine hole golf course, various accommodation options and facilities.
Duntroon is home to incredible geological formations that bring visitors from all over the world. The Elephant Rocks site is the perfect location to see incredible limestone formations. Through a local tour company you can even abseil or rock climb off the rocks for a truly memorable experience. Starting at the Vanished World centre in Duntroon you can wind your way through the Valley and visit some key fossil sites that have been preserved by local landowners.
Duntroon has also preserved some of the more unique aspects of its past in a restored gaol and blacksmiths forge.
Kurow is centrally located in the middle of the Waitaki Valley and provides the base for many activities including watersports, camping, cycling and fishing. Do a wine tour to Kurow Winery for a platter and wine tasting or stop in at regional wine tasting room, Vintners Drop in the old Post Office in Kurow. The Kurow Museum is a must visit and provides great local history and knowledge of the area. You can explore Maori Rock Art or unique geological landforms like Elephant Rocks and Earthquakes. To truely experience real New Zealand you must stay at Kurow.
@sergio_sanchezd asique bebiéndote una birra en el Waitaki eehh!!!!cabronazooooo!!!yo quieroo!!Jajjjaj
12 hours 10 minutes ago
Rugby: McGlashan too strong for Waitaki Boys' http://t.co/LbN3Y3miSA
22 hours 38 minutes ago
Otago Boys High 35 - 7 King's High School John McGlash College 21 - 14 Waitaki Boys High School St Kevin's College beat Kavanagh by D
1 day 50 seconds ago
JMC beat Waitaki? hahahaha WTF?
1 day 2 hours ago
Cracking day for rugby in Dunedin. Shame McGlashan beat Waitaki, though. http://t.co/FIugptzQS2
1 day 3 hours ago
All talked out after the Waitaki Girls High School Careers Expo- was great to catch up with some of my old teachers too :)
2 days 4 hours ago
Heading to the Waitaki Girls High School Careers Expo after lunch with @ukulelefi - hopefully we can make some great connections :)
2 days 7 hours ago
Fiona @ukulelefi & Julia @JuliadeRuiter are off to Waitaki Girls High School this afternoon to showcase what they do at the Career Expo
Annie’s Victorian Tea Rooms a hidden gem in Oamaru; “living history experience” with scones – Jakarta Globe http://t.co/B074Zzhb4H
3 days 10 hours ago
RT @RoadSafety_CO: Danseys Pass closed on the Waitaki side due to a slip.Visitors can still drive into the Danseys Pass Coach Inn from Ranfurly side.
3 days 23 hours ago
Danseys Pass closed on the Waitaki side due to a slip.Visitors can still drive into the Danseys Pass Coach Inn from Ranfurly side.
4 days 2 hours ago
Waitaki: Jardine Rd, Papakaio. Closed, flooding, heavy rain http://t.co/DkaECdrC7F via @AA_Traffic
4 days 3 hours ago
Waitaki: Island Cliff-Duntroon Rd, Tokarahi. Closed, flooding, heavy rain http://t.co/Ky6HpPjQe8 via @AA_Traffic
Phew - last waitaki ferment is bubbling away . I think i'll retire for some buckwheat tea like @vino_freakism
RT @oteholidaypark: @Rebecca___Ryan Thanks 4 following us. Will b launching fishing and sightseeing charters on Waitaki Lakes soon! http://t.co/9wZx15jRGN
4 days 8 hours ago
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