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Waitaki District



The Waitaki District is located in North Otago, which is situated in the South Island. Dramatic natural beauty, varied wildlife, tranquil fishing villages, lush rolling green farmland, hydro lakes, and canals, there is so much in this amazing district for travellers to visit and experience Waitaki. The majority of Maori Rock Art is found in this district, where centuries-old images and scenes depicted of Maori myths and legends are preserved, some portraying Sky Father and Earth Mother, the creation of Maori. The Moeraki Boulders are ancient natural sea landscapes, where visitors have photographed, climbed and admired their uniqueness.

The Yellow-Eyed Penguin (Hoiho, Maori for Noise Shouter) are the rarest penguins in the world and located in the district. Stroll through Oamaru’s unique streetscape, which is largely Victorian with historic white-stone architecture. Take a ride on the Oamaru Steam Train, through the historic precinct and Clay Cliffs – a backdrop to the local high country landscape, and onto the Red Shed. The Red Shed houses various craft people, and at times an inquisitive little blue penguin may make an appearance. The famous Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is located along the shoreline of town; view these delightful little birds as they come ashore or experience a Behind the Scenes Tour and be enthralled in the knowledge of these delightful creatures.

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