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Waimate Shed Sign Heading Towards Town
Waimate Shed Sign Heading Towards Town
Old Post Office. Waimate District Council
Old Post Office. Waimate District Council
Kurrow Bridges, Waihao River Near Waimate
Kurrow Bridges, Waihao River Near Waimate
Aerial View of Waimate Town From White Horse
Aerial View of Waimate Town From White Horse
Waimate Fields. Photo Waimate District Council
Waimate Fields. Photo Waimate District Council
St Ptricks Church, Waimate. Andrew Cooper
St Ptricks Church, Waimate. Andrew Cooper
Lake Benmore Dam in Otematata Near Waimate
Lake Benmore Dam in Otematata Near Waimate
Outside View of Waimate Historical Museum
Outside View of Waimate Historical Museum

Waimate Information

Waimate is a small town located on the Waitaki and Pareora Rivers with a rural population of about 9,000 people, 4,000 of which reside in the main township. The district of Waimate is a very productive agricultural area with major industries of forestry, farming and milk processing being the significant contributors to the local economy.

Tourism is ever increasing in Waimate with its major drawcard being the many bush, walking and mountain bike trails that are a big hit with tourists who come to stay for a great environmental getaway. Nature lovers will also enjoy the local Bennett’s Wallabies that were introduced in the area by Captain Thomas when he came to Waimate in 1870. Tame wallabies can best be seen at the Enkledoovery Korna located on Bathgates Road in Waimate.

For history a great place to visit is the Waimate Historical Museum located in the former Waimate Courthouse. The museum gives great insight to the young pioneers Saul Shrives and Michael Studholme that in 1854 were the first settlers to arrive in the area with their families. The museum is home to several heritage buildings complete with artefacts and exhibits and is open all week except Mondays.

The town features many events with the annual Strawberry Fare being a big hit celebrating its nearby rich strawberry fields. During the months of November to May freshly packed punnets of strawberries are sold at local roadside stalls.

The best place to get a nice panoramic view of Waimate is Whitehorse Lookout on Mt John. The lookout is named after a 60 foot Clydesdale statue that was erected in 1968 and is only 6 kilometres from the town centre.

For a another great daytrip nearby Waimate, Lake Benmore hydroelectric dam is popular for sightseeing. The dam is also a favourite place for recreational fishing and jetboating.

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Parade and Celebrations at The Annual Waimate Strawberry Fare
Parade and Celebrations at The Annual Waimate Strawberry Fare
Town Clock in Waimate. Photo Courtesy of Waimate District Council
Town Clock in Waimate. Photo Courtesy of Waimate District Council