Waimate is synonymous with beautiful landscapes, Edwardian architecture and wild wallabies.
The rural centre of Waimate sits between Timaru and Oamaru. For centuries the area was a seasonal hunting camp for Maori; when European settlers arrived, Waimate became a saw-milling town. The majority of the town's original Edwardian buildings are still standing, given it a charmingly historic atmosphere.
These days Waimate is a centre for livestock Farmingg, berry growing and forestry. It also has a microclimate that produces excellent Pinot Noir; visit one of the local boutique wineries for a taste.
This district is memorable for its population of wild wallabies, which were originally brought over from Australia in the 1870's. The wallabies occupy the Hunters Hills, and can be seen up close in animal parks around the town.
If you approach Waimate from the north, you'll notice a white horse shape near the top of the hills. Created from slabs of concrete, the image is more than 25 metres high. The White Horse was made as a tribute to the Clydesdale horses that were used to break the land into pasture.
Functional facts: Approx. population 7200, information centre, wide range of shops and services.
Quiet location, 50m to Victoria Park, town centre and public heated swimming pool. 4 fully self-contained ground floor motel units, with fully equipped kitchens, microwave, fridge, hair dryers, TV, DVD’s. Serviced daily. Fully equipped laundry, play area, off-street parking. All channels F... (more)
" We offer huge hospitality and an opportunity to wake up to the sound of the bell birds. The Animal Park has animals to pet and feed "Kelceys Bush Farmyard Holiday Park is a safe environment for your children where they can participate in bush walks, feeding farm animals, BBQs and camping... (more)
Situated 30 minutes drive from Timaru and Oamaru and walking distance from Waimate town. Includes 9 fully self-contained modern units (sleep up to 6), plus 3 brand new studio units. Sky TV and Wifi is now available. Waimate has many attractions including gardens, parks and museums with muc... (more)
Peaceful tree-lined park, 1.5km to town centre. 100 tent and 16 power sites. Kitchen facilities with cooktops; communal toilets and showers, washing machine, barbecue, playground and cricket pitch. Pets/horses welcome, horse riding and jumping area available. Dump station. Tariff: from 1st... (more)
Searching for quiet accommodation in Waimate? Look no further. Lochiel Motel and Guest House is situated in a quiet central location one block west of main street - just a 5 min walk to town centre and other Waimate attractions. Lochiel Motel and Guest House is pet friendly and offers you ... (more)
BED & BREAKFAST, LUXURY. Historic country lodge with charm and character. Unique location, close to native bush and overlooking local Edwardian town. Fabulous views from bedrooms, each with ensuite, super king-size and queen-size. Wake up to a bellbird and tui serenade, a spectacular sunri... (more)
3 acre park-like setting: 30+ tent and 38 power sites; 10 cabins: 6x2-berth and 4x4-berth; 2 ensuite cabins with microwave (linen & bedding not supplied). Camp kitchen, fridge, cooktops, microwave and oven, Laser Zip water heaters, dining room, laundry, toilet and shower facilities. 500m t... (more)