The Waitaki District has some of the best cuisine in the country.
With award winning restaurants, talented local experts and the freshest produce straight from the garden and sea, you can indulge a little - or a lot! Give those tired taste-buds a wee treat and sample some of our culinary delights.Come visit, come enjoy.
Indulge in the Waitaki
- Fleurs Place
When British television chef and restaurateur Rick Stein was told he could choose to go anywhere in the world to write a travel article for English newspaper the Daily Mail, he chose Fleurs Place in Moeraki, New Zealand. Situated in the small seaside fishing village of Moeraki, Fleur’s specialty is fresh fish straight off the boats
- Riverstone Kitchen
Riverstone was awarded the Cuisine New Zealand 'Restaurant of the Year' in 2010 and it is easy to see why. With a focus on fresh quality produce, Riverstone is a divine dining experience which the whole family can enjoy
With its stunning location nestled on Oamaru’s historic harbour, Portside enjoys a fantastic vista stretching from town, past the local fishing fleet out across the Pacific Ocean. Relax on the deck for lunch, enjoy a platter and some drinks or have dinner with friends and family
- Whitestone Cheese
Whitestone offer delicious artisan cheeses made in Oamaru. Delicious fresh coffee, cheese platters, coffee, wine, beer and light refreshments can be enjoyed at the factory store. Take a guided factory tour with cheese and wine matching available.
- Waitaki Wine Tours
Visit award winning boutique vineyards, historic landmarks and scenic spots nestled in the Waitaki Valley located in North Otago departing from Oamaru.
Try the Waitaki's Local Experts
- Scott's Brewing Co.
Located on the edge of Oamaru's Victorian Precinct and beside Oamaru Harbour, Scott's produces New Zealand's only gluten-free beer. With a great selection of other craft beers made from the purest, local ingredients, enjoy a cold one out on the deck or on the lawn with a gourmet pizza to follow
- The New Zealand Whisky Company
A few years back, the NZ Whisky Company bought at auction, the last 80,000 litres of cask strength whisky from what was the southern-most distillery in the world. Head to the cellar door to sample their full range of specialty whiskies including the Oamaruvian and the Dunedin DoubleWood (among many others)
- Pasquale Kurow Winery
Kurow Winery produces a range of award winning wines produced in one of the cleanest and most beautiful areas of New Zealand. With a cellar door, wine tastings and platter lunches available, Kurow Winery is a must visit in the Valley
- Whitestone Cheese
The Cuisine Champions of Cheese Awards presented Whitestone Cheese with the most awards of any brand entered in 2011. Take a self guided tour of the factory before sampling a platter of award winning cheese
- Ostler Vineyards
A boutique producer of cool climate wines including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Riesling, Ostler Vineyards wine is "38 million years in the making," due to the limestone based soils in which the grapes are grown. Head to their cellar door, Vintners Drop, in the old post office in Kurow for a taste
- River T Estate
The newest cellar door in the Waitaki District, River T are a small boutique vineyard which have a mixture of grape varieties. Pop in for a lovely wine tasting, to buy direct or grab yourself a coffee for the road!
- The Galley
This iron-clad, rustic eatery right on the waters edge at Oamaru's Harbour, serves great favourites including burgers and fish 'n' chips. Enjoy your coffee from the deck overlooking the beautiful Friendly Bay
- Steam Cafe
On the edge of the Victorian Precicnt, Steam is the place to go for Oamaru's best home-roasted coffees, freshly made juices and home-baked cakes. A great place for a quick lunch, you can also buy ground coffee or a bag of beans for home.
- Tees Street
Formerly a Victorian Drapers shop, come taste delicious food & beverages made with love. Pop in for a cooked breakfast, light lunch, counter food, coffee or other drinks and see why this is one of Oamaru's best cafes!
- ShortBlack Cafe
This popular cafe offers organic fair trade coffee beans to accompany some delicious foods. Try the famous 'mayhem milkshakes' (select days only)
- The Roost Cafe
Situated in the heart of Oamaru, Roost Cafe is a great dining option offering patrons a lovely ambiance and character. Roost is the ideal spot for a relaxing cuppa, a tasty meal or a quick bite and coffee to go!
- The Wrinkly Rams
A great roadside cafe/restaurant/shopping complex even with sheep-shearing shows! The Wrinkly Rams in Omarama is well known for delicious food and great service. With an extensive range of cabinet and counter food, and a breakfast/lunch menu to boot, here you will be spoiled for choice!
- Harbour Street Collective Cafe
Right in the centre of Oamaru's Victorian Precinct on Harbour Street, this cafe offers a yummy range of cabinet and menu food also stocking local Midori sushi! Add a nice coffee and cake or order from the menu. The Collective is fully-licensed and has live music nights, burger and beer deals and more!
- Casa Mia
Located in the historic Woolstore building in Oamaru's Victorian Precinct, Casa Mia offers a fantastic brunch and lunch menu to order from coupled with some heart cabinet foods and sweet treats including muffins and slices. Tack on a great coffee and you'll be all set to seize the day!
With a nice central location, Taste is a great place for a morning/afternoon tea coffee and cake or to sit down and enjoy some lunch. Choose from a range of delicious cabinet foods or order from the tasty menu...pun not intended.
- Badger & Mackerel
A lovely boutique cafe on the main highway serving an amazing variety of hot and cold foods including frittatas, quiches, pies and soups as well as wraps, salads and sandwiches. Top it off with a great coffee and a tasty cake, slice or other sweet treat! Menu also available to order from.