Welcome to New Zealand’s Waitaki District!

Located in the centre of New Zealand’s beautiful South Island, and stretching from the Pacific Coast deep into the Southern Alps, the Waitaki District is one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing travel destinations for both international and domestic visitors. Offering a wealth of unique experiences, from the historic and quirky town of Oamaru (considered by Lonely Planet to be “New Zealand’s coolest town”) to the wine-growing area of Kurow, and to the world-famous coastal village of Moeraki with its iconic boulders and the historic town of Palmerston, the Waitaki District is a region that rewards a multiple-night visit.

The Waitaki Tourism Association is an independent organisation that unites all the myriad attractions and traveller-related services in the Waitaki District, and offers a one-stop resource for you to learn about the range of accommodations, restaurants, activities and other worthwhile destinations that our district has to offer. Come inside and plan your visit with us!

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Explore Waitaki with your Smartphone

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The Waitaki Tourism Association has produced a smartphone app to help you find your way around and make the most of your time in the Waitaki District. The app is free and offers a bevy of useful information on visiting our beautiful district, including turn-by-turn directions to the area’s attractions, lists of B&Bs, motels and other accommodations, cafés and restaurants, and other businesses that make any visit to Waitaki something truly special.

To download the app, follow the iTunes link for the iOS version, or follow the Google Store link for the Android version. Enjoy your visit!

Waitaki Cultural Activities Resource

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The Waitaki District Council, the local government organisation for our district, has launched a new website that aims to provide a one-stop resource for the myriad cultural activities that Waitaki has going on throughout the year. The site not only offers information about the events, but also has a veritable treasure trove of historic photographs from around the region, making it a real pleasure to peruse the site’s pages. Continue reading

Visiting Penguins in Waitaki

jg-20120320-9250Lots of people who come to New Zealand from overseas are surprised to find out that we have penguins here. Apparently, some people think that you have to go as far away as Antarctica to see these charming birds in the wild, but nothing could be further from the case! The Waitaki District is very fortunate to be among the best places to see two types of penguins, each with a unique distinction. Continue reading