Oamaru, servicing the rural heartland, was one of the first towns in New Zealand to be established. Its picturesque harbour is surrounded by original Victorian buildings associated with the commercial actively of the early settler’s period and are now a tourist attraction. There are many fine examples of Victorian architecture and buildings of yesteryear in the town. The main building material of those bygone days, Oamaru stone, is hewed out of the ground at Weston, a five minute drive inland from Oamaru and this product is still used today.
Kurow is a small farming town (population 500 approx.) which services the Upper Waitaki and Hakataramea Valley farming communities. Viticulture is a new addition to the farming diversity of the area. The Waitaki River is world renowned for its quality fishing for trout and salmon for both fly and lure fisherman.
This vibrant, popular holiday village, originally the construction town for Benmore and Aviemore dams, has three hydro lakes - Lake Waitaki, Lake Aviemore and Lake Benmore at its doorstep. The village has a community centre which houses a café/bar/shop, library and sports centre. Tennis courts, golf club and a bowling club complete the land based sporting facilities. An abundance of water allows a full range of water activities on all three lakes, from yachting to sail boarding, fishing to water skiing and jet skiing to jet boating. The bays and picnic spots around the lakes are in bountiful supply.
Oamarama (Place of Lights) is at the heart of the Waitaki Valley and is the gate way to Mt Cook and the McKenzie basin to the North, Wanaka, Queenstown and Central Otago to the South. Famous worldwide for its gliding, Omarama Airport caters for those wanting to pursue the sport. The town has a range of shops, hotels and motels. A world famous attraction is the clay cliffs on the western banks of the Ahuriri River, a world renowned fly fishing river.
Moeraki, a fishing and holiday village 30 minutes south of Oamaru is very famous for the Moeraki Boulders which are found on the beach. The Village has a camping ground, tavern, restaurant, motels and breath taking views.