Guide48 Hours Ōamaru & Waitaki

The Waitaki region has got it all - the ocean, mountains, bike paths, walking tracks, great food and award-winning wine.

With so much to do, see, and try it’s crucial to plan ahead and make the most of your time here. While you won't be able to fit every local Waitaki gem into just a couple of days, we reckon some time is better than no time at all and this guide will take you through the best bits.

The hot tubs at Omarama with mountains in the background.

Your guide to the best things to do in Ōamaru & Waitaki

You’ll jump into the region in Ōamaru where you’ll find plenty of history, folklore, Victorian Architecture, and local food and drink. From there you’ll head south to Moeraki for a restful afternoon and then through to Duntroon to explore Waitaki's geologic landscape. You’ll end the day with some glamping, begin day two with a trip to Kurow for a wine tasting and a walk and finally wrap up with a soak in an outdoor cedar tub at Hot Tubs Omarama.

Day One - Morning




Day Two - Morning

Explore: Kurow township, walkway


Get your legs moving with a wander around Kurow town and then climb up above it all to get a sense of the larger landscape it’s situated within. At the end of Grey Street you’ll find the start of Kurow Hill walkway. While it is a bit steep this walk has great bang for buck in terms of effort to views. In one to two hours, depending on your pace, you’ll get a birds eye view of Kurow town, the braided Waitaki River, the Hakataramea Valley and beyond. Other than from an airplane, this quick hike gives what might be the best perspective of the powerful waterway that makes this region so unique. The wispy, brilliant blue braids of the Waitaki River are completely stunning. The path does go through a working farm so be sure to close the gates.

The exterior of the Ostler Wines building.


Words by: Olivia Sisson
Photos by: Nancy Zhou

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