TOP 5 EXPERIENCES
The Waitaki region combines wild, windswept coastline with emerald plains and towering mountains. 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.
5. SOAK UP THE VIEW IN OMARAMA
Experience total relaxation at the Omarama Hot Tubs. Set against the stunning Waitaki and Mackenzie Country scenery you can immerse yourself in pure mountain water as you enjoy views across the lake to the mountains during the day or sit under a star filled sky at night.
4. VISIT THE CAPITAL OF STEAMPUNK
To view the world as it might have been a trip to Steampunk HQ in Oamaru is a must. This steampunk attraction houses an eclectic collection of industrial steampunk sculptures, a metagalatic pipe organ and offers Pedal Punk cycle hire – a steampunk themed cycle that you can enjoy as you make your way around the town.
3. MEET OAMARU’S SMALLEST INHABITANTS
No trip to Oamaru is complete without a visit to the blue penguin colony. These little penguins live around the harbor and for a unique experience you can take up a seat in the viewing stands to witness these little creatures returning from sea to their nests at night.
2. DISCOVER THE CLAY CLIFFS
Just a 20-minute 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.
1. VISIT ANCIENT COASTAL STONES
Situated on Koekohe Beach the Moeraki Boulders are mysterious spherical stones formed millions of years ago weighing up to several tons and measuring up to several feet. A popular spot for photographers the stones appear their most striking in the early morning and late afternoon light, only an hour from Oamaru the stones are a must visit on any South Island Road Trip.