Five fun things to do in the Waitaki District

From wood-fired hot tubs to New Zealand's longest cycle trail, all set amongst some of the country's most remarkable geology,...


The incredible Clay Cliffs at Ōmarama. © Jo Percival

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Moeraki Village Holiday Park Visit website

Moeraki Village Holiday Park is situated above the boat harbour in the picturesque village of Moeraki, North Otago. Our motels are modern with great sea . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Moeraki Boulders: those mysterious spheres

On a sandy beach, just south of Ōamaru, is a collection of perfectly round boulders – some smooth-skinned, others fractured along veins of quartz, some eroded away to piles of rubble. Read the story . . . 

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252 AAA Thames Court Motel Visit website

Enjoy our modern and spacious units. Carol and John welcome you to Oamaru. Close to town centre and penguin colony. 10 quiet and comfortable, spacious . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Campervanning: the spontaneous way to travel

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the spots you most want to see. Read the story . . . 

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Oamaru TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Shayne, Tracy and staff welcome you to the Oamaru TOP 10 Holiday Park member of New Zealand's Premier Holiday Parks. A sheltered Park set on . . . More . . . 

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Moeraki Boulders: clamber over them for the ultimate selfie

Make the most of the photo op with these huge, marble-like boulders strewn along windswept Koekohe Beach. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage Court Motor Lodge Visit website

Choice of 27 rooms, budget to luxury spacious units in a quiet location set back from the road with full off-street parking. . . . More . . . 

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Events and festivals

Ōamaru’s Victorian Precinct: the capital of all things steampunk

Slightly eccentric, Ōamaru is one of those not-as-it-first-seems places. The surprises are all good ones, though! Read the story . . . 

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ASURE Ambassador Motor Lodge Visit website

Christine & Bret welcome you to the Ambassador Motor Lodge where we strive to offer our guests the best in comfort and hospitality, welcoming everyone . . . More . . . 

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Food and drink

Fleur’s Place: as fresh as it comes

World famous in New Zealand, Fleur Sullivan's seafood restaurant is a must-do for anyone visiting Waitaki. Read the story . . . 

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Ascot Oamaru Motel Visit website

Come and stay with us in beautiful Oamaru. Visit New Zealand's Victorian town, with little blue and yellow-eyed penguins. Close to Centennial Park Sports Grounds, . . . More . . . 

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Oamaru Motor Lodge Visit website

Oamaru's superior accommodation complex where "great value is only the begining”Experience the difference! Oamaru Motor Lodge is easily found on Thames Highway on your way . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Moeraki Boulders Walk

Take a walk to the Moeraki Boulders – geological marvels, exposed by erosion of sedimentary rocks laid down from 13 to 65 million years ago. Read the story . . . 

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Omarama TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Welcome to the Omarama TOP 10 Holiday Park, one of New Zealand's Premier Holiday Parks, set in the high country of New Zealand's South Island . . . More . . . 

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Waitaki: a river of time

A goblin’s labyrinth of creamy rock, fossils, Victorian architecture and Steampunk. There is nowhere else in New Zealand quite like Waitaki. Read the story . . . 

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