The Waitaki district stretches all the way from the coastline at Kakanui almost to the foot of Mt Cook, Aoraki. It is the only district in the South Island that straddles two regions, lying within both the Otago and Canterbury Regions. 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 booming. There are so many attractions and activities including beautiful lakes, ski fields, tramping and camping biking the Alps to Ocean cycle trial, fishing and hunting, surf beaches and rivers. The scenery is spectacular and uncrowded and sites of geological significance abound.
House prices remain lower than the national average, even in Oamaru - Waitaki's main town. With a population of around 14,000 people and known for being home to eccentrics of all stripes, it is most famous for its Victorian architecture, little blue penguins and Steampunk HQ - but there are also award-winning restaurants, craft breweries and a growing variety of local food producers.