Here’s a few useful links to help with planning your trip to Aotearoa New Zealand.
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By Tourism Waitaki
Don't miss the little blue penguins of Oamaru and the spectacular town of Kurow, which sits at the junction of two rivers.
Visit Oamaru for the country’s oldest public gardens, renowned Victorian architecture, two penguin colonies and Steampunk HQ.
Water sports and wine-tasting are two equally fun ways to enjoy the spectacular environment around Kurow, which sits at the junction of two rivers.
Nestled in a broad basin between mountain ranges, Ōmarama is well known to glider pilots. Come here to soar in the skies and fish in the fast rivers.
Explore historic Maheno, known for its charming St Andrews Church, the Totara Estate farm and Clarks Mill, a Heritage New Zealand site.
Chill out in Kakanui, buy fresh fruit and vegetables from market gardens and swim or surf at Campbell's Bay, a 2km beach with sheltered bays and great surf breaks.
Duntroon has a great mix of natural and cultural wonders including Elephant Rocks and the Vanished World Centre, just waiting to be explored.
A holiday favourite, campers flock to Otematata in summer to make the most of the lakeside location but the landscapes are spectacular all year.
Nestled among towering mountains and sparkling Lake Ohau, this holiday hideaway is the perfect place for skiing, hiking and cycling.
Explore the small town of Hampden offering a beach side camping ground, a popular cafe, a tavern and a renowned fish shop serving fresh blue cod.
Palmerston is a hub for travellers, offering a perfect stopover with magical coastal walks, mountain views and abundant wildlife.
Explore the charming village of Moeraki famous for its mysteriously spherical beach boulders, abundance of seafood and special wildlife.