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.

Kurow has two churches on the outskirts of the township. The Anglican includes old and vacated mission buildings that deserve more than a cursory look.

The two hotels have entered into the spirit of beer brand facades. These are imaginative and the Tui Hotel could not be missed from outer space.

Kurow has a museum that has used as a point of difference and is a museum that has specialised in 'industrial breakthroughs' and the War Memorial is housed in the Memorial Hall.

Be sure to take a good look at the ‘Hay” family on the western outskirts of the town.


Fireplace Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans   Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic   Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course