visit local vineyards
scenic walking tracks

Activities in Waimate

Waimate is located in the South Island of New Zealand. You can find Te Kiteroa Lodge a half hour drive from Timaru and Oamaru - perfectly situated for a stop-over half way between the beautiful cities of Christchurch, Queenstown and Dunedin.

Stay a couple of nights at Te Kiteroa Lodge and experience all that our surrounding region has to offer

  • Waitaki Valley and the Alps 2 Ocean Cycleway - Park your bike up for a night or two and soak tired muscles in our Hot Tub, we are located 60km from Kurow a perfect detour while enjoying the Cycleway or a break in the journey to catch your flight home from Christchurch or Dunedin Airports
  • Eat, Drink and be merry - Food & Wine touring has never looked so good with fabulous local producers, growers, wine makers, craft beer brewers and organic produce all within a 30 minute drive!
  • Family Friendly outdoor activities are what this region is best know for
  • Getting up close with Wallabies at Enkledoovery Korna
  • Visiting the Oamaru Little Blue Penguins
  • Experiencing the Oamaru Heritage Precinct
  • Indulge your imagination and visit the Steampunk capitol of New Zealand
  • Golfing on the range of excellent local courses
  • Walking tracks, Biking and Mountainbiking trails all right on the doorstep of the Lodge
  • Native Birdlife galore
  • Lake Wainono and Waiho River wetlands and coastal walkways
  • World class Salmon, Trout fishing and Hunting
  • Horse Trekking
  • Waimate is a historians dream - from its Edwardian heritage, to historical tours, museums, cemetery, sawmilling past, Quinn's Arcade, and much much more!


Address: 227 Point Bush Road,
RD9 Waimate, New Zealand

03 689 1088, 021 576 868


03 689 1088



bike trails in Waimate

Enjoying The Outdoors

Right on the doorstep at Te Kiteroa Lodge there are a number of scenic walking tracks and biking trails to explore. The closest track to the Lodge being the Whitehorse Walkway that is steep in parts but follows the old logging track through native bush where local native bird calls can be heard including Tui, Bellbirds, Kereru native wood pigeons and our ever present curious Fantails. The local Hunters Hills are home to the Bennett wallaby (introduced by early settlers) and now very much a Waimate icon despite being also an unwanted pest! A newly developed series of mountain bike tracks criss cross the hills behind Te Kiteroa Lodge for those who enjoy life at a faster pace!

get to know local history

Surrounding and Local History

The Waimate District is a vast farming area located in South Canterbury, with wonderful scenic landscape from coastal plains to inland alps. Rich in early settlers' history including Maori heritage (rock art) and early European settlers (bushmen) drawn to Waimate to mill the local totara and matai timber.

Hardy English and Scottish sheep farmers and families made Waimate their home in the mid-1800s.

Waimate (slow-moving water) was once a swamp area where moa had roamed, and fevers were punishing to the early settlers. Now this area is one of the most fertile and productive farming areas in the country. Recognition of the magnificent shire horses that helped plough the land is in the form of a monument placed on Mount Ellen overlooking Waimate. At a height of 400ft above sea level and with panoramic views, the White Horse monument, accessible by road and walkway, looks out over the town. Waimate is famous for strawberries and other berry fruits, honey, free-range eggs and pork plus other locally grown produce.

Native bush can still be found clothing the hills along with exotic forests; even a vineyard and olive grove now grace the slopes of the Hunters Hills. With a population of 3,000-plus, Waimate is a friendly town that welcomes visitors. Residents are very proud of the many fine examples of Edwardian architecture in town, including Australasia's first shopping mall (Quinn's Arcade). It's just one of the many surprises that await the visitor interested to explore Waimate.

upcoming events of Waimate

Calendar of Annual Events in Waimate

  • March Hare Rally (first weekend in March)
  • Whitehorse Big Easy Walk/Bike/Run (Early April)
  • McKeown Petroleum Waimate 50 (Labour weekend-October)
  • Waimate Shears (Mid October)
  • Strawberry Fare (second Saturday in December)
  • Waimate Rodeo (held in December)
things to see and do while you are in Waimate

Interest Areas

  • Waimate Museum
  • Wallaby Park
  • Kelceys Bush
  • White Horse Monument
  • Vintage cars
  • BushTown Waimate
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