About Waitaki

​​​​​​​​​​The Waitaki District lies in the heart of North Ota​go. From the Waitaki River in the north,​ to Ohau in the west and Flag Swamp in the south, the district has a diverse range of scenery and attractions.

Traditionally a rural, and farming​ district, Waitaki's tourism market is growing rapidly. There are many attractions and activities, including  beautiful lakes ideal for all sorts of water activities, ski fields, tramping, fishing and hunting, and ​beaches with great surf and brilliant white sand!.

​Oamaru is Waitaki's main town. In 2014 Lonely Planet named Oamaru NZs Coolest Town and it is!  Home to around 12,000 people, Oamaru offers some pretty special things – the historic Victorian precinct (including Victorian Heritage Week), little blue penguins and Steampunk HQ.Cyclists in the alp2ocen track on a sunny day.

Further afield we have award-winning restaurants, wineries, craft breweries and special archaeological sites.

The scenery is exquisite and second-to-none coastlines with white, sandy beaches, spectacular mountains, shimmering lake and extensive farmlands.

​Local community information

We have a diverse range of groups and organisations in the Waitaki area that deliver social ​services. You can search the Citizens​​ Advice Bureau Community Directory​ to find them. 

If you'd like a copy of the Community Directory call the Citizens Advice Bureau on 0800 367 222 or call in to see them on Thames Street, Oamaru. The directory is $3 per copy.

​Waitaki District community profile

There's a website that provides useful infor​mation about our community profile.  You can find out a lot about our community through this website. 

Here's some examples:

  • Our population is 20,826 which is 0.5% of NZs total population

  • 44% of us drive a private car, truck or van to work​​

  • 49% of the Waitaki population is married

Infometrics provide this information. ​You can access it by going to community infometric website​.

​Waitaki District statistics

Statistics New Zealand has a large amount of information on their website about Waitaki, based on the 2013 Census. ​​​

For example 91% of people in Waitaki belong to the European ethnic group, compared with 74% for New Zealand as a whole.​ For more information please visit Statistics New Zealand website.​​

Page reviewed: 31 May 2017 3:49pm