absolute adventure awaits


Let your adventure begin in the Waitaki District.

Whether it’s on two legs or two wheels, in the air, on the water or with your feet firmly on the ground, the Waitaki Valley is full of outright adventure. Peddle, paddle, ski, stroll, glide, or just drive and discover real New Zealand along the path less-travelled. With so many great adventures to be had, there’s no time to delay!

Come visit, come play.

Waitaki Overland

With striking mountains meeting rolling farmland and beautiful coastline, choose your own adventure and explore the wonders of the Waitaki.

The region offers many great adventures and activities over land, with stunning seasonal changes only adding to the experience.

  • Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

    The Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail showcases New Zealand's stunning natural landscapes - from our highest mountains, past great lakes and rivers, and down to the ocean. Suitable for all ages, the 9 section bike trail is an easy to intermediate grade, linking the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean.

  • Ski & Snowboard

    Hit the slopes and go skiing or snowboarding at Ohau Snow Fields or Awakino.

  • Mountain Biking

    There are plenty of other mountain biking trails in addition to the A2O. Herbert Forest has some great tracks, or have a ride along the Cape Wanbrow trails.

  • Other cycling

    We have a number of suggested cycling routes scattered around our district. These are unformed, unmarked and in some cases require riding on the state highways but are great ways to see and experience rural Waitaki. 
  • Walking & Hiking

    We have a variety walks and hikes catering for all levels of fitness and interest.

Waitaki On the Water

With 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...

  • Fishing
    There are excellent fishing options district-wide. The Ahuriri River is renowned for trout fishing; home to both brown and rainbow trout or put on your sea legs and jump on a fishing charter at Moeraki - an excellent opportunity for not just fishing, but sightseeing and wildlife viewing too!

  • Surfing
    Coastal North Otago has some great breaks - if you can brave the cold water. Just throw on your wetsuit and you're good to go! Kakanui is a popular spot, and surfers have been known to get out past near the Shag Point turn off.

  • Swimming
    The Waitaki Lakes are a haven for water-sports and you'll find plenty of lovely swimming spots. Alternatively, the Waitaki Aquatic Centre is a great indoor swimming option for the whole family.

  • Diving
    The beauty of New Zealand is that your never far from the sea - a sea rich in marine life. Those tough enough to get in cold waters will reap the rewards! Seafood aplenty, locals often dive around Shag Point and Moeraki.

  • Waitaki Lakes: Benmore, Aviemore, Waitaki
    These lakes are very popular over summer with holiday makers. Check out the local campgrounds and get on water for a bit fun! Popular with anglers, boaties, water skiers, wake boarders, kayakers, jet skiers and swimmers.

Waitaki From the Air

Take to the skies and experience Waitaki from above.

An adventure from the air, you'll be in awe of the stunning landscapes and natural beauty we're proud to call home.

  • Scenic Flights
    Explore Waitaki from a different perspective. With such a varied landscape, scenic fights are a great way of showing you what the region has to offer.

  • Glider Flights & Training
    Omarama produces some of the world's best flying among absolutely beautiful and dramatic mountain scenery. Whatever your level of experience or interest, there are options for everyone! Enjoy an exhilarating, introductory glider flight or take a longer course and become a glider pilot yourself.