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Victoria Park

Victoria Park is a multi functional park located on Queen Street, Waimate. It is a five minute walk from the centre of town. The park has many sporting facilities.

In the centre of the park there is a 400m cycling velodrome, where the Caledonian Society organizes an annual two day sporting event where local, national and  international cycle riders compete. Within the velodrome, is the track and field area used by the local Athletic club during the spring and summer months. Local schools have their interschool sport here every year.

The netball season is from April until September. There are courts catering for local and visiting netball teams, school grades and adult competitions. There is also a pavilion which is available for hire for events taking place.

Outdoor Bowls opens in October and runs to April. Local and visiting team tournaments take place over the bowling season.

Camping grounds are situated at Victoria Park, Naylor Street, Waimate. There they have 38 power sites, 50 plus non-power sites, kitchen, laundry, toilet and shower facilities. 10 Cabins in Tennant Street, .67 ha.

Knottingly Park

Knottingley Park is 2 km from the centre of town, located on Waihao Back Road, Waimate on 33.59 ha area. Here they also have many sporting facilities to accommodate the sports clubs of the district.

Cricket is played here from November to March and there are senior and junior grade teams as well as mens and womens. There is a pavilion on this site available for hire.

Soccer is played at Knottingley Park from April to September for senior and junior grade teams.

The Horse Society and Pony Club organise local and regional competitions, which take place several times in the year. The competition consists of cross country, show jumping, dressage and pony club events for junior riders.

Dog Obedience shows take place in November and April, and entries come from all around New Zealand. Locals and visitors use the main open areas to exercise their dogs most days of the week. 

There is also camping facilities available at Knottingley Park which include 16 power sites, 100 plus non-power sites, toilet, shower, laundry and kitchen facilities.

Sports grounds are generally maintained (predominantly) by sporting codes, which occupy them in accordance with leases negotiated with Council.

Manchester Park

Manchester Park is located on Wall Street, Waimate, five minutes from the centre of town.

This park is the local rugby grounds with 4 rugby fields which are used from March to September for the South Canterbury Rugby competition. Waimate Rugby enter a number of teams for senior and junior grades.

Touch rugby is also played at Manchester Park from November to March with a local competition in which 20 teams take part.

Sports grounds are generally maintained (predominantly) by sporting codes, which occupy them in accordance with leases negotiated with Council.

Waimate Stadium

The Waimate Stadium is owned by Waimate District Council but managed by an independent stadium committee who receive administrative support and funding from Council. The stadium has many facilities in which it is used for all sporting types.

Waimate Basketball use the stadium for their winter competition which is over a period of 5 months. A tournament is held on an annual basis which has teams from all over the South Island entering. The Miniball also use this for their competition.

The Waimate Shears is an annual shearing competition which takes place over two days in October. This event brings shearers from all over the country and also get the odd one from overseas.

The stadium accommodates the Waimate winter social sports club for their all year round activities. This is a good chance for older people to get together and enjoy a common interest.

The Indoor bowls club also use this facility for their meetings which take place over the winter months.

Waimate Badminton enjoy this facility to practise their skills during the months of April to September.

The local High school has sports exchanges with other schools around Canterbury & Otago regions and use the stadium to hold the appropriate sporting event as well as training sessions.

The stadium not only accommodates for local sporting clubs but also gets used as hall to accommodate big numbers. This includes the hunt club ball which is held every two years, as a wedding facility and also for cabarets.

Waitaki Lakes

Waitaki Lakes Reserves is located 90km from Waimate. There are 4 camping areas that are in the Waimate District which are Briars Gully, Te Aka, Waitangi and Fisherman’s Bend.

These are provided with basic water, toilets and rubbish collection.  the Waitaki Lakes Reserves, which are open from mid September until the start of May.

Waitaki Lakes  - Off-peak , rubbish removal and cleaning weekly. Peak camping season, rubbish removal daily, cleaning twice daily.    There has also been the introduction of recycling glass.  Please rinse all glass (no broken bottles please) and place in the facilities provided.

A season ticket can be purchased for camping at Waimate District Council, Waimate Information Centre, Whitehorse Motors and Kurow Auto Services. General Enquiries contact: Waimate District Council 03 689 0000 or camp facility problems contact: 027 439 2759

Swimming Pool

The Norman Kirk Memorial Swimming Pool is a memorial to the late Prime Minister Norman Kirk, who was born in Waimate. It was opened in November 1978 and is located at the South end of Queen Street, Waimate. It is a six-lane pool, 33.8 metres long set in a 0.12ha enclosure. Open-air and coal heated to an average temperature between 24 and 29 Degrees Celsius. The pool is open from Labour weekend until mid March. Number of visits range from 10,000 to 12,000 annually.

The Pool is well supported by the Swimming Club who teaches children to swim and organises competition swimming. There are a number of Swimming Carnival competition days, with swimming clubs outside of Waimate. A number of groups of social clubs and organisations hire the pool from time to time.

Friends of the Pool are a group of people who make use of the pool most days of the season, and donate equipment for the pool.

More information regarding the fees and opening hours is available on the Waimate site.


Waimate District Camping Facilities