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Discover the neatest places to eat, drink, shop and more in Ōamaru Waitaki.

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Your guide to the best things to see, eat, & do

Ode to Long Lunches

People having a long lunch at Tussock Hill Vineyard, Christchurch.
Auckland

Is there anything more satisfying than a lingering long lunch?

Cure Weekend Brunching with 6 of the Best Cafés in Ōamaru

Birdseye view of brunch from Tees Street.
Ōamaru & Waitaki

If you catch yourself in Ōamaru in some form of the morning, here’s the spots to hit up for your brunch needs.

Where to get Down with Donuts

A tray of doughnuts from Baked.
Auckland

Doughnuts or donuts--who really cares? We've rounded up the best doughy deliciousness you can find in NZ.

Mahinga Kai in Moeraki

Fleur in her restaurant.
Ōamaru & Waitaki
After a few years of amateur foraging, I was giddy to meet Fleur Sullivan of Fleurs Place, a Moeraki restaurant I’d imagined many times in my head.

Slow but Spontaneous: Exponential Brewing

Lee-Ann Scotti and Michael O’Brien looking to camera.
Ōamaru & Waitaki
Lee-Ann Scotti and Michael O’Brien form two equal halves of Craftwork's brewing team that’s a partnership in every sense of the phrase.

Three Kids, Three Restaurants and a Whole Lot of Heart

Yanina and Pablo Tacchini in their restaurant.
Ōamaru & Waitaki
While they’re originally from Argentina, Yanina and Pablo Tacchini are some of Oamaru’s biggest fans and most genuine ambassadors.

Get Around Good Grub, Here's the Best Things to Eat in the Waitaki Region

Waiter at Cucina holding a cauliflower dish.
Ōamaru & Waitaki

These dishes come from some of the area’s most loved dining establishments and all represent the region in a uniquely different way.

Get your Pocket Guide for Ōamaru & Waitaki

Front and back cover of the Oamaru pocket guide.
The Waitaki region has it all - the ocean, mountains, bike paths, walking tracks, great food, and award-winning wine.

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Craftwork Brewery

Drinks and cheese board on a table at Craftwork Brewery in Ōamaru.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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Ōamaru’s Heritage Precinct is an ode to tradition. In this way it only makes sense that it’s home to Craftwork - an award winning, small scale, Belgian brewery run by brewing couple, Lee-Ann Scotti and Michael O’Brien.

River-T Estate Wines

3 wine bottles on top of a wine barrel River-T Estate in Kurow.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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River-T Estate vineyard and tasting room has the ‘largest selection of Waitaki wine in the world’. Sit inside or amongst the rows, sip a glass and get stuck into any of their locally sourced platters.

The Fort Enfield

Local patron raising a drink at The Fort Enfield in Waitaki.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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A classic Kiwi pub reimagined — Speights and craft pours plus simple and delicious kai — pub fare as it should be. Drive or bike the 12km from Ōamaru and reward yourself with the best steak and chips around.

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Fleurs Place

Framed pictures on the wall at Fleurs Place in Moeraki.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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A foodie destination in its own right, Fleurs is a place to ‘rest by day’. It’s an exploration of ingredients normally overlooked, a celebration of kaimoana and a restaurant where every meal is magical.

Cucina

Birdseye view of people sharing plates of food at Cucina in Ōamaru.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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Argentinian, Italian and Spanish flavours meet Kiwi hospitality at Cucina. Owners Yanina and Pablo, moved their family to Ōamaru in 2008, and celebrate the cuisine they grew up with through Waitaki's best ingredients.

Riverstone Kitchen

Bevan Smith in the gardens at Riverstone Kitchen in Waitaki.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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Riverstone Kitchen has been working with Waitaki producers and growing their own ingredients since day one. Their simple, seasonal approach has earned a huge following and heaps of awards, so wander the veggie gardens, enjoy a meal and stay awhile.