Welcome to Waitaki District
The broad, braided Waitaki River provides a clear dividing line between Otago and Canterbury to the region's north. The Waitaki Valley is a direct but less-travelled route from the Southern Alps to the sea, featuring freaky limestone formations, Māori rock paintings and ancient fossils. The area is also one of NZ’s newest winemaking regions, and a major component of the new Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, which links Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park to the coast. The district's main town, Oamaru, is a place of penguins, steampunk and glorious heritage architecture.