The Waitaki region is a place of scenic contrast and haunting natural beauty. Experience mysterious boulders, windswept beaches and Maori rock art.

The middle of the region's coastline is home to the small town of Moeraki and its huge spherical boulders. Scattered along the beach, the Moeraki boulders are more than 65 million years old and are easily accessed from the beach. Look out for the Hector's dolphins that are often seen playing in the waves beyond.

Oamaru is a town with historic whitestone architecture. From here, you can hop on your bike and follow the Alps to Ocean Cycleway in reverse all the way to Aoraki Mount Cook.

Inland, snow-capped peaks and beautiful lakes contrast with the bare brown hills that rise up from the valley floor. Earthquakes is an impressive formation of limestone cliffs that are full of ancient fossils. Nearby you’ll find Maori rock drawings made from red ochre, charcoal and animal fat.

The Waitaki River surges through the landscape, punctuated by three hydro-electric dams - Waitaki, Aviemore and Benmore. The Waitaki Dam was built with picks and shovels in the 1930s and Benmore is one of the largest earth dams in the southern hemisphere. In summer, its bright blue colour contrasts with the burnt-orange landscape that surrounds it.

There are many pleasant walks in the Otematata area - most will take around an hour. Longer hikes include the Benmore Peninsula and Deep Stream Tracks.

Tucked away in remote and rugged high-country flanked by the Southern Alps and a glacier-fed lake is the village of Ohau. This tranquil and picturesque alpine hideaway is perfect if you enjoy walking, tramping, cycling and skiing.

Some of The Many Attractions

Cycle from Alps 2 Ocean

Explore stunning landscapes on the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail, stretching from Aoraki Mt Cook to Oamaru the trail can be completed as one trip over 4-8 days, or there are shorter sections that can be enjoyed on a day ride. The trail offers spectacular views and experiences including the unique Elephant Rocks, Lake Tekapo, the Clay Cliffs, Blue Penguins in their natural habitat, Limestone Cliffs, Maori Rock Art, High Country Stations and more - with so much to see don't forget to show off your adventure #alps2ocean

Glide in Waitaki

For a scenic flight with a difference visit Waitaki, the gliding capital of New Zealand. Explore the Mackenzie basin as you soar through dramatic South Island scenery.

Discover the Clay Cliffs

Just 20 minutes drive from Omarama are the Clay Cliffs. Originally formed more than one million years ago by the flow of ancient glaciers these unusual pinnacles form a maze of ravines to explore.

Prizes generously donated by tourism operators from this area that you could win!

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