Look for the huge white horse high on the hills behind Waimate. Created from slabs of concrete, the image is more than 25 metres high.
The rural centre of Waimate sits between Timaru and Oamaru. For centuries the area was a seasonal hunting camp for Maori. When European settlers arrived, Waimate became a saw-milling town. These days it is a farming centre; berry growing and bulb propagation are other local pursuits. The majority of the town’s original Edwardian buildings are still standing. If you approach Waimate from the north, you’ll notice a white horse shape near the top of the hills behind the town. The White Horse was made as a tribute to the Clydesdale horses that were used to break the land into pasture. Waimate is also memorable for its population of wild wallabies.
Functional facts: Approx. population 7200, information centre, wide range of shops and services.
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