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Waitaki District



The Waitaki District is located in the Otago region, known for its stunning landscapes, rich heritage, and outdoor activities. The district’s diverse geography includes the Waitaki River, the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark, and the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, offering various attractions and activities.

The Waitaki Whitestone Geopark is a major draw, offering opportunities to see the region’s unique limestone formations and learn about its geological history. The geopark provides stunning views and opportunities for walking, bird-watching, and photography.

The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is another highlight, offering opportunities to see the world’s smallest penguins up close. The colony provides evening viewings of the penguins returning from the sea, making it a must-visit for nature lovers.

The district is rich in heritage, with numerous historic buildings and sites to explore. The Oamaru Victorian Precinct is a highlight, featuring beautifully restored limestone buildings, boutique shops, and cafes. The precinct hosts the Victorian Heritage Celebrations each year, offering a chance to step back in time and experience life in the Victorian era.

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the nearby Waitaki River, which offers world-class fishing, kayaking, and picnicking opportunities. The river’s scenic beauty and tranquil atmosphere make it a popular spot for locals and visitors.

The Waitaki District is also home to several parks and reserves, including the Oamaru Public Gardens, which offers walking trails, sports facilities, and picnic areas. The Moeraki Boulders is another must-visit, offering a chance to see the unique spherical boulders and enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery.

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