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Explore Waimate District

Visit the beautiful Waimate District in the central South Island of New Zealand, and explore hills, rivers, lakes and small country towns. Get off the beaten track and explore our rural heartland. 








Waimate's Silo Art




Waimate’s past as a food-gathering hub for Maori, and later as a frontier milling town on the edge of the forest is easy to connect with by following self-guided walks and visiting the district’s historic sites.

The further you go, the more you’ll know! Moa, rock art, saw milling, churches, and great characters are all part of our story.


 Wild influence

Waimate's wallabies



Plan your trip

A lot of the best things to do in the Waimate District cost nothing, or very little. There are heaps of family friendly activities.

  • You can run, bike or hike on the many shared use tracks. 

  • Check out the silo art, and other street murals.

  • Picnic in our parks.

  • Go fishing at Hook Beach. 


Getting here






Our stories

Get up close and personal with the people, places and things that make Waimate District such a unique and welcoming part of the world. Find out what the locals love about living here, get the inside info on the best places to take your kids fossil hunting, and discover some of the great products made, farmed and grown here. 


Freedom to ride

Waimate MTB Tracks



Connect with us

Explore Waimate District is on Facebook and Instagram, we can feature your photos if you tag us #explorewaimatedistrict.


Let's get walking

Waimate's tracks and trails