North Otago

The region offers an array of activities and things to do and see.

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is a 301km trail from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean. This is New Zealand, in all its colour and beauty – from the highest mountain, past great lakes and rivers, down to the ocean. Suitable for all ages, the 8-section trail is an easy to intermediate grade, offering a pleasing mix of on and off-road trails. Allow 4-6 days for the entire ride, or simply try out a day excursion. Whichever option you choose, the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail is sure to be a memorable experience.

Ohau Snow Fields

Powder snow, sunshine and uncrowded slopes are the combination that sets Ohau Snow Fields apart from the others. Ohau, as part of the Ohau Range in the Main Divide, is endowed with reliable snowfall and fine weather. A double chair is the main lift servicing the snowfield. There is also a platter and a fixed grip lift. The main trails and learner’s slopes are groomed regularly.

The “Boulevard” offers learners and intermediates an easy and fun skiing or snowboarding experience from the top of the chairlift down to the base facilities. The chairlift also provides access to a wide variety of slopes suitably challenging for experts and exciting for intermediates.

Culture, Heritage & History

Oamaru and the Waitaki have a rich history and heritage, evident throughout the district in many ways. From Victorian streetscapes and Maori history to Steampunk and gorgeous galleries; discover our world of culture to which you will want to return.

Water based activities

Lakes, rivers, and beautiful coastline add a splash of water to your adventure this trip. There are plenty of experiences to be had on, in and around the water; from fishing and surfing to paddle-boarding and boating! Dive in and have a read below…

Scenic Flights, Glider Flights, experience Waitaki from above

Take to the skies and experience Waitaki from above. An adventure from the air, you will be in awe of the stunning landscapes and natural beauty we’re proud to call home.

Family Fun

Bring the family and have an unforgettable holiday in the Waitaki. Grab your bikes for the ultimate cycling adventure, explore Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct and dress up for a photo, or visit unique wildlife including two types of penguin. There are countless options to keep the troops entertained.

Natural Wonders

Marvel at natures creations as you journey along the coast and up the valley. Waitaki has a great variety of parks, gardens and reserves and is home to some rare and unique wildlife. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the beautiful outdoors with your family and friends.

Shopping Opportunities in Oamaru & the Waitaki

Explore some wonderfully unique stores dotted throughout the district and concentrated in Oamaru and the Victorian Precinct. Here you will find some great New Zealand products and memorable souvenirs.

The information on this page has been sourced from Tourism Waitaki, visit their website to view more activities and to support the local district & surrounding areas.