Unique geology can be found throughout the district. Other popular geo-attractions include the Clay Cliffs and Elephant Rocks – which featured in the film Narnia, the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. These formations are all a part of the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark(opens in new window), a UNESCO Global Geopark.
The geopark blankets the district and as you journey through the Waitaki, you'll find incredible variation of contrasting landscapes which change with the seasons – from the snowy peaks of the rugged South Island high country down river valleys, alongside lakes and hydro dams through a patchwork of rolling emerald hills to the beautiful beaches of an unspoilt coastline.
The windswept beaches are home to an abundance of wildlife, including yellow-eyed penguins, little blue penguins, other marine birds and a significant colony of New Zealand fur seals.
Observe the world's smallest penguin with a visit to the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony. You'll be able to watch them arriving home from their day at sea and returning to their nests.