Kurow and the Surrounding Waitaki Valley

Outdoor Activities

Horse treks and fly fishing are two of the ways to enjoy the magnificent outdoors that Kurow and the Waitaki Valley has to offer. Being peacefully situated between the great Waitaki River and the St. Mary’s Mountain Range, Kurow is the perfect place for hill climbing, boating, fishing, hunting, golf or cycling.

There are so many rivers, streams and lakes in the central South Island it is impossible to mention them all. Some of the popular rivers include: Tekapo, Ahuriri, Waitaki, Tasman, Dobson, Grays and the Hakataramea. It has been said that there are enough streams and rivers in the wider Valley to fish new waters for 6 years or more!

All waters hold both wild Rainbow and wild Brown Trout, making the Waitaki Valley an ideal location for a variety of fly fishing water, from fast flowing mountain streams to gentle chalk stream waters.

During the fishing season Kurow usually enjoys dry days with temperatures in the mid 20-30°c. Where you can experience fantastic hatches with large Rainbow and Brown Trout rising to the hatch.
In February and March you will also have the opportunity to catch Searun Chinook Salmon in the Waitaki River.

Mt Mary is 300m from our home. It is also known as the Kurow Hill walkway – a very interesting ‘huffy puffy’ climb but well worth the effort for the magnificent views. You can rest a while on the many arm chairs provided on the way up….. yes arm chairs to rest! It It will take the average person approximately 30 minutes to get to the top…. and the views will not disappoint!

Wine Country

Welcome to the Waitaki Valley Wine region…. New Zealand’s newest wine region.

The Waitaki Valley straddles the boundary between the North Otago and Canterbury provinces. The area was first planted in 2001 and the vineyards are mostly small, intensively managed and produce a range of distinctive cool climate wines.
Most of the vineyards are within 20km of Kurow, some 65km from the East Coast.

Just a short stroll down Kurow’s main street we have the wonderful The Vintner’s Drop, home of the fabulous Ostler Wines. Why not take a day off and visit the rest of the Cellar Doors in the area.

History Made in Kurow

A visit to the Kurow Museum is also a must to learn about the history of our great little town!….

….In the 1920s Kurow was the base for the building of the nearby Waitaki Dam and forming Lake Waitaki in the first of a series of hydroelectric projects on the Waitaki River.

….The first social security scheme for New Zealand workers was designed in the town, arising from Presbyterian Minister of Kurow Arnold Nordmeyer’s experience of working with families of workers on the Waitaki hydro-electric project.

….Examples of pre-European Māori cave paintings are close to the small settlement of Duntroon.

Take time out of your busy every day life to rest your body mind and soul. Add Kurow to your itinerary.

"We were very happy to be welcomed by our gracious hosts Lyn and Kieran on a very wet and cold afternoon with a dry place for the bikes, gorgeous rooms to shower and freshen up, tea and home baking. With the most excellent catering and charming surroundings we found "Riverside" a warm and comfortable haven from Cyclone Cook! We hope to come back one day."

Julie C

Contact Details

Your Host: Lyn Walsh – 58 Bledisloe Street, Kurow – Phone ‭+64 27 535 0323‬ – Email

Riverside Bed and Breakfast offers guests a great experience which will exceed their expectations every time. Located right in Kurow, it’s only a 2 minute stroll to the beautiful Waitaki River. There is a swimming hole located nearby, perfect for cooling off after a day in the bike saddle.