Things To Do in Kurow and the Waitaki Valley

There is plenty to do in Kurow and the Waitaki Valley. From horse treks, hill climbs, boating and fishing to river walks and skiing at Awakino Skifield - there's something for everyone. The best thing about Kurow is the peace and quiet. For information about things to do in Kurow and the Waitaki Valley check out these links. Sports, clubs and exercise classes are listed under Sports & Clubs and Learning tabs.

DOC Kurow Walking Tracks

Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail

Stoneridge Horse Treks - Kurow

Kirkliston Range - Hakataramea

Awakino Skifield - Kurow

Oteake Conservation Park

Ahuriri Conservation Park

Visit Oamaru & Waitaki Waitaki Valley


Kurow Island

Kurow Island is an island formed by braided river geomorphic processes and is located in the Waitaki River between the two historic bridges between Kurow and Hakataramea. Braided rivers are reasonably rare internationally and the Island, which covers an area of 20 hectares, is easily accessible. The Island has beautiful backwaters, wetlands, gentle braids and roads which make it a lovely easy bike ride for families with children.

The Kurow Island was a historic landfill of the Waitaki District Council and the area, covered in gorse, broom and noxious weeds, had become a fire hazard. Kurow Town Enhancement Group volunteers and the community, with funding from Meridian Energy Community Fund, Waitaki District Council and the Department of Conservation have closed the landfill and restored the Island to its original state working to a Management Plan.

In addition to creating an ecological area that benefits people, wildlife and the environment, the Island provides a recreational area including fishing, jet boating, picnic areas, cycling and walkways. The project was recipient of a silver medal in the Environment Canterbury Environmental Awards and won the Canterbury Region Weed Busters Award for restoration of a public land.

Regular events: See our Sports & Clubs page for events happening every week.

Paterson's Historic Cob Cottage

Paterson’s Cottage, built about 1872 by then owner, H J Le Cren, is situated on the Waimate-Hakataramea Highway, just 20 kms from Kurow. It is registered by the New Zealand Historic Places’ Trust (NZHPT) as a Category 1 historic place, reflecting its special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance. Waimate District Council has it registered as Category A, meaning it warrants permanent preservation because of its exceptional significance to the district.

This historic building is an excellent example of an early cob building with the walls and chimney built of clay, (from the cliff at the mouth of the nearby Penticotico Stream), and chopped up tussock. The foundations are local river stone. The former roofing would have been shingles. The original cottage was built with two rooms. The main room, with an open fireplace on the west wall, had a loft which ran the whole length of the building. This was reached by ladder and would have been used as sleeping quarters. Behind the main room, was a lean-to which ran the length of the building and was used as a kitchen. There was a stable about 30m from the cottage.

In 2005, the McIlraith family decided to form Paterson’s Cottage Charitable Trust (PCCT) to take responsibility for the restoration, preservation and future maintenance of the historic cob house.

Awakino Skifield Access Road

Via a call to Daniel Devine on 4360 775