Waitaki & Oamaru area

Waitaki & Oamaru

Moeraki Boulders

 Visit the Waitaki region and the historic town of Oamaru, New Zealand,
only three hours south of Christchurch and 90 minutes north of Dunedin.
A great area to spend a holiday or just a few days exploring the area.


The Waitaki region in the South Island of New Zealand, stretches from Palmerston in the south along the Pacific coast with spectacular views of the ocean, past the famous Moeraki Boulders and the delightful Moeraki village with its famous seafood restaurant; on to the Waitaki River in the north and inland past the towns of Duntroon, Kurow, Lake Waitaki, Lake Aviemore, Lake Benmore and Omarama, all the way along Lake Ohau.

Oamaru is the main town with its beautiful historic Victorian Oamaru Stone (lime stone) precinct.
In Oamaru you will also find the well known Little Blue Penguin colonies.

Take a drive inland along the Waitaki Valley and enjoy the scenery, visit the Elephant Rocks near Duntroon and
see these incredible limestone formations.  Pass the lakes of Waitaki, Aviemore and Benmore with their stunning aquamarine colours,
where camping, picnicking or boating is very popular.

Omarama – well know for its gliding, attracts gliders from all over the world, searching for the columns of warm rising air (thermals),
that allows them to soar above the mountain ridges. Close to Omarama you can visit  the Clay Cliffs and see some stunning rock formations.

Lake Ohau with its holiday houses is a great place to be in summer and to enjoy the skiing in winter.

Oamaru Old TownClay Cliffs Omarama

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