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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. If you want to get off the beaten track and into our rural heartland, step right in. 








Waimate's Silo Art



Day trips

Waimate District’s mix of rugged rural countryside and rich history provides you plenty of choices for day trips while you base yourself in town or country.


 Wild influence

Waimate's wallabies



Connect with us

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


Getting here







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, sawmilling, churches, and great characters are all part of our story.


Freedom to ride

Waimate MTB Tracks



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. 


Let's get walking

Waimate's tracks and trails