Waimate is a town that requires a diversion off state highway one some 30 kms north of Oamaru. Most travelers would not normally take the exit but a visit to Waimate is recommended.

Waimate is ‘Wallaby Town’ and this i9s the signature adopted following the introduction of the Wallaby. Waimate is well-known locally for its population of Bennett's wallabies. These marsupials were introduced from Australia and now live in the wild in the countryside surrounding the town. Wallabies are also farmed locally and sometimes exported to zoos

Waimate is a town that has all of the essential services and as was the case with Oamaru is ‘garden town” and Like much of rural New Zealand, Waimate suffered from an economic downturn in the 1980s, with the closure of the dairy factory and a number of sawmills.

However, a newly developed large scale sawmill and the development of a large milk powder factory, coupled with the wealth of dairy farms and a residential building boom, have seen a renewed confidence in Waimate and  this shows.

The majority of churches in Waimate is 100 years old or is nearing that anniversary.

There are a number of hotels in Waimate.

The War Memorials are spread through the township, with large public gardens that honour the fallen at WW1.

There is a Museum that opens on Sundays or on request.


Be sure to take the diversion and enjoy this small 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