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.
Be sure to take the diversion and enjoy this small town