128 High Street
Waimate 7924

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Waimate is a town in Canterbury, New Zealand and the seat of Waimate District. It is situated just inland from the eastern coast of the South Island and is just south of Timaru.

These days Waimate is a centre for livestock farming, berry growing and forestry. It also has a microclimate that produces excellent pinot noir; visit one of the local boutique wineries for a taste.

This district is memorable for its population of wild wallabies, which were originally brought over from Australia in the 1870s. The wallabies occupy the Hunters Hills and can be seen up close in animal parks around the town.

Waimate’s past as a food-gathering hub for Maori, and later as a frontier milling town on the edge of the forest is easy to connect with by following self-guided walks and visiting the district’s historic sites.

The further you go, the more you’ll know! Moa, rock art, saw milling, churches, and great characters are all part of our story.

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