Kurow is a small town on state highway 82 that is passed through when traveling to Oamaru from the high country. This is a relaxing drive passed some beautiful scenery until hitting the southern Canterbury plains.
Kurow is a great stop-off for a drink and rest.
The name of the town is an Anglicized form of the name of the nearby mountain Te Kohurau.
In the 1920s the Kurow was the base for the building of the nearby Waitaki Dam and forming Lake Waitaki in the first of a series of hydroelectric projects on the Waitaki River. These two manmade lakes give off intensive blue water.