Waimate - nestled at the foot of the rolling Hunters Hills, comes close to being a perfect example of a New Zealand rural town.
This is a town that reflects the confidence the early European settlers felt in the fertile lands they began to develop in the 1850s. Its wide spacious streets, valued collection of Edwardian buildings, including several churches of historic importance, and beautiful parks and gardens create a relaxed friendly environment for both residents and visitors.
The town itself is the heart of a district that offers everything from tranquil bush walks to the thrill of fishing for quinnat salmon in the world renowned Waitaki River.
The Waimate district also holds the rare destinction of being one of the few places in New Zealand where wallabies have taken up residence. The wallabies have flourished here and are the largest found in New Zealand. You can see them in wildlife parks in the district, or if hunting is your sport there is ample opportunity for this too.
The district can provide a peaceful atmosphere for a holiday and plenty to do once you have unwound. It is also a convenient gateway to the Waitaki Lakes with their multitude of opportunities for water based recreation, and to the spectacular Mackenzie basin, and provides one of the shortest routes to Queenstown.
Waimate has a fast-growing reputation as a town that knows how to put on a party. Among the many events staged each year are the Busking Festival in February, where world class entertainers descend on the town, and Strawberry Fare the December celebration of the delicious locally grown strawberry.
Friendly locals, a picturesque rural setting and world class recreational opportunities on the doorstep make the Waimate district an ideal place to experience quintessential New Zeland.
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Useful tourism links:
Central South Island Tourism
Mount Cook MacKenzie Tourism
Christhchurch & Canterbury Tourism
Today & Tonight Christchurch Visitor Guide
Tourism New Zealand