About Waitaki


The Waitaki District stretches from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, across Otago and Canterbury - capturing the best of both regions.

Boasting spectacular landscapes, braided rivers, geological marvels, sparkling lakes, rural villages, golden beaches and the tiniest of penguins - we celebrate small-town friendliness, natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Boutique beer and wine, award-winning restaurants, artisanal crafts, camping, boating, fishing, surfing, skiing, hiking, and a world-class cycle trail - you name it, there’s something for everyone all in one place.

We support business, welcome visitors, honour our heritage and the traditional kaitiaki of the land. Newcomers come here for the lifestyle, bringing skills and experiences that add to our culture, which entwine with that of local iwi, and families that have roots here through generations. We have a unique identity; one of quiet resilience, we are big hearted, we hold each other up. Wherever you’re from, you’ll find your home here.