THE WAITAKI B&B
Boutique Bed & Breakfast
Oamaru, Waitaki district, Otago, Te Waipounamu, Aotearoa New Zealand
In January 2019 The Waitaki B&B was awarded an 'Exceptional' designation by Booking.com (with an amazing 98% satisfaction score from guests).
This gorgeous B&B is located in the unique and charming heritage settlement of Oamaru, in the Waitaki District of North Otago, Te Waipounamu (South Island), Aotearoa (New Zealand).
The Waitaki B&B offers a restful location, just a few minutes cycle or drive from the finishing line of the renowned A2O (Alps 2 Ocean) cycle trail (the longest (316km) continuous cycle trail in New Zealand)). Start each day with your sumptuous Continental or Full English Cooked breakfast, accompanied by a choice of 30 teas, hot chocolate, plunger coffee or freshly-made espressos, lattes or long blacks.
Gluten-free breakfasts are available. Please pre-order at the time of booking.
The Waitaki B&B is especially convenient not only for romantic couples or adventurous hikers and cyclists, but for nature lovers and those exploring the wonderful lakes, rivers and coastline of the Waitaki district (the Waitaki).
Your hostess is Tri (pronounced 'tree'). Tri's skills as a host have been described in highly glowing terms in an extended feature article in the Summer Edition of New Zealand's 'Blaze Magazine' in 2017. Unsurprisingly, Tri achieves amongst the highest guest review ratings for accommodation in the Waitaki district (Agoda, Booking.com, Expedia, Google Business).
Additionally, with advance notice Tri can also provide you with a private Thai cooking lesson if you are one of those who love Asian foods and who are interested in learning how to cook traditional Thai cuisine - leaving you with unforgettable memories - the perfectly unique birthday gift!
Luxurious Super-King Sealy Posturepaedic beds assure a restful sleep after spending the day visiting cultural sites, cycling, gliding the skies, soaking in mountain stream-fed hot tubs, trout or salmon fishing, exploring the wonders of the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark (an aspiring Global Geopark), or resting on a lounger in the beautiful garden, with a glass of wine in your right hand, and one of the many books we have that recount the fascinating history of the Waitaki district in your left.
Rooms: So that guests get the attention they deserve, our policy is to make only one room available each evening - with private bathroom. However, for family groups or friends travelling together, an exception can be made, and an additional three rooms can be made available by special arrangement (please email or phone with your inquiry). One of these rooms has two Queen beds. The other two rooms each have a Super King bed. This means that groups of up to 5 guests can stay together. Perfect if you have a group enjoying the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail, the Oamaru Victorian Fete, the Oamaru Jazz and Blues Festival, the Oamaru Steampunk Festival, or the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark. For groups, a shared bathroom is available to you.
You will enjoy your own spacious guest lounge with comfortable seating, bean bag, mega-sized floor cushions, fridge, microwave, 3D TV, Playstation PS3, and tea, hot chocolate and coffee (including decaf)-making facilities.
Bedrooms are located on the first floor (one set of stairs). There is no lift or elevator. Your bathroom is not en-suite, but is located on the same floor that you enjoy. Comfortable robes are provided.
Sumptuous down & feather pillows are standard. However, if you wish you also have the choice of either Sleepyhead ventilated memory polyurethane foam contoured pillows, or Alastair's Dream Science Memory Foam Sleep System gusset pillows (65x40x13cm) (with bamboo blended covers), or ultra-thin 300g non-feather pillows. Just let us know your preference in advance of your stay.
For those (rare) rainy evenings - we provide a range of 80 or so classic movies in DVD, Blu-Ray, 3D Blu-Ray formats, and in a range of languages.
There is so much to do in the Waitaki (from the Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail, the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark, mountain biking, picnicking, hiking, gliding at Omarama, whiling away an afternoon at Steampunk HQ, visiting a penguin colony, appreciating the unique heritage architecture of the Oamaru Historic Precinct, to exploring our restaurants, cafes, stores, museums, art galleries as well as our lakes, trout and salmon-filled rivers, and stunning coastline). Or maybe go 'Southern Vienna' with a visit to the truly magnificent Oamaru Opera House?
In fact - there is so much to enjoy in the Waitaki that we suggest a stay of 3 nights - that is, if you have the luxury of time.
However long your stay though - you are sure of a warm welcome at The Waitaki B&B.
Languages spoken: English. Thai.
Continental or Full English Cooked breakfasts, accompanied by coffee fresh from the espresso machine. Lovingly prepared and simply unforgettable.
Free Ultra-Fast Wifi
Free high speed broadband is available throughout the property, along with a wireless printer.
Complimentary Glass of Port,
& Convenient Left Luggage
Before retiring, enjoy a complimentary glass of port from a crystal decanter.
Doing the A2O? Use our left luggage service.
Just finished the A2O ? Then leave your luggage behind and relax as you tour the Waitaki.
Hidden behind private hedges, expansive grounds surround you with beauty. Stroll the grounds or relax in one of our 8 sun loungers and sip a fine newly-purchased Waitaki Valley North Otago wine or two ....
Fine Linens. Cosy Robes
Luxury linens and comfortable cosy robes ensure that you feel pampered (as you should on holiday!)
Enquire about personalised walking tours in Oamaru. Explore the history, the architecture, and the stories (there are many) of this fascinating part of Aotearoa.
Little Blue Penguin Colony
Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Little Blue Penguin Colony - New Zealand's premiere fairy penguin ecology and viewing area. We can arrange bookings for you. Ask about other amazing wildlife opportunities.
Thai Cooking Lessons
Gourmet traditional Thai cooking lessons are available if required. Great fun.
Book an Insight
Each of our rooms is enriched by fascinating books detailing local history (and there is so much of it!). Soak up the history of Victorian Oamaru, and really connect with the magnificent architecture and history of Oamaru as you wander the pretty streets of the historic precinct. Priceless.
THINGS TO DO
Alps 2 Ocean & MTB Tracks
The iconic Waitaki A2O cycle trail - the longest in New Zealand - meanders 316km from the foot of the lofty alps of Mt Aoraki to the ocean at Oamaru. Try our MTB tracks, too!
Cultural (and Culinary) Sites
Waitaki's array of museums and art galleries, the Heritage Precinct, & the Oamaru Opera House all await your exploration and enjoyment. Sample superb restaurants and cafes.
Penguin Colony and Steam Train
Visit the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, and (on Sundays and public holidays) take a 15 minute steam locomotive trip alongside Oamaru's Victorian Harbour.
Lakes, Rivers & Ocean
A photographer's delight - stunning lakes, pristine rivers, and a glistening blue ocean bordered with golden sand beaches await you (not to mention the famous 60 million years old Moeraki Boulders).
& Specialty Shops
Oamaru's famous Steampunk HQ will fascinate and entertain, while Oamaru's unique heritage architecture, and specialty shops, will leave you with a lasting smile ....
Gliding and Wine Tours
An impressive fleet of modern gliders are poised to become airborne and take your breath away, as are tours of some lovely Waitaki wineries. Relax at the beautifully landscaped Hot Tubs Omarama spa complex.
Established in 1976 the Lower Waitaki Golf Club (an 18 hole, 72 par course) is situated on the lower Waitaki River plain approximately 12 km north of Oamaru. The course is mainly flat, and is fully irrigated with generous fairways. It is easily walked by the average golfer. There are three separate tee options.
Heliventure Scenic Flights
and Heli Biking
Heliventures provides a range of scenic flights around Te Waipounamu (the South Island) which capture New Zealand's most spectacular landscapes. From the stunning Mt Aoraki, and Waitaki Valley restaurant/vineyard visits, to the unique East Coast Moeraki Boulders, Heliventures has a package to suit you.
Oamaru Public Gardens
The Oamaru Public Gardens are among the oldest in the country, opened officially in October 1876. These beautiful gardens distinctly reflect the unique style and heritage of Oamaru and the Waitaki through Oamaru stone and other features. Take a picnic lunch!
Oamaru Stone Carving
Visit limestone sculptor Ian Andersen in the Heritage Quarter. Ian works with Oamaru Limestone, which is 35 - 40 million years old and formed of sand-sized bryozoan fragments with vast numbers of micro and larger fossils i.e. penguins, whalebones and shark's teeth. It is the purest limestone in the world. You deserve to have some. In fact, so do your children, and your grandchildren. Nothing says 'I love you' more than the world's purest fossil assemblage.
Guided Salmon and Trout Fishing
Hire an expert fishing guide to take you river or lake fishing for brown or rainbow trout, or salmon. Each season the Waitaki River yields some very big salmon, some of which are over 40lb (18kg). While 'catch and release' is encouraged, naturally you will want to bring one prized (cleaned) fish home to The Waitaki B&B, where your hostess Tri will cook it for your dinner. We recommend the 'steamed with lemon grass' approach .... Yum.
Adventurers and Bookworms Unite
If you love fossicking around eclectic specialist book stores - go no further. 'Adventure Books' in the Heritage Quarter specialises in topics such as Antarctic and Polar books, adventure, mountaineering, travel/exploration, nautical texts and natural history. Proprietor Bill Nye will no doubt invite you to one of his fascinating expert guest lecture evenings in the elegant adventure-come-homely store. Who knows who you might meet?