Waitaki Braids Lodge

Phone: +64 27 433 3913
Email: k.white@xtra.co.nz
Website: www.waitakibraids.com

Our Rooms

All of our seven, peaceful rooms offer a private ensuite and conservatory, with individual access to our outdoor area – a great place to relax on a hot summers evening, or to watch the brilliant night skies.

Each room is equipped with luxury beds and linen, free wifi, hairdryers and extra heating for those cosy winter nights.

Our rooms can accommodate 1-3 people with double, twin and triple room options.

All rooms are serviced daily.

Free Wifi
Guest laundry
Communal lounge and dining area
Croquet lawn and pétanque terrain
Off street, secure parking & bike lock up
24 hour complementary tea and coffee making facility

Please note: Waitaki Braids is non-smoking both in the lodge and on the grounds


Guests will be greeted on arrival with a delicious baked treat or platter.
In-house chef and barista service available, see our dining options here – (view dinner menu and pricing on arrival)
Guest dinner, breakfast ($15) and packed lunch options ($17) – (please select these options when you book your stay online)

Please note: If you wish to book in for dinner, breakfast or a packed lunch then please tick the appropriate fields when booking online or alternatively you can contact Kate here.


The Waitaki Valley and Oamaru area are home to orchards, berry farms, a charcuterie, cheese makers, bakeries and numerous other cottage-produce providers. The valley is also home to a special wine region and our wine and beer list includes a number of varieties. Local produce is at the heart of our menu and it is our wish we make your dining experience a memorable one.
Evening dining is a set menu that includes our chefs special – please enquire as to our daily menu on arrival.
7am - 10am
Breakfast for residents and takeaway coffee
10am - 2pm
Not a guest? We're open to the public for coffee, cakes, snacks, daily specials & soups in the colder months!
2pm - 8pm
Set menu dinner option for residents and casual groups of 8 or more

Bookings are essential
Note: Guests can select dinner as an option when booking your accomodation online.
Make sure you let us know of any dietary requirements

Our History

Built in 1888 from local limestone the first known resident was J Orr & Co who ran the Kurow Store which was a hub of trading in the village of Kurow. The Orr family lived in the 3 bedroom rear of the building complete with parlour and formal dinning rooms.
The next occupier for a short time was a member of the Bloxham family who were local tailors. Following them S Cooper opened a Hardware and Building supplies store and some locals can remember the vast array of goods that were sold.
Dalgety and Co the stock and station agents followed with their shop in what is now our dining area/cafe and their staff accommodated behind. One staff member remembers waking in the night hearing a burglar trying to enter the safe in the shop through his bedroom wall. He duly loaded his shot gun and headed out to confront the intruder only to be met by a large rodent trying to take the loot. The safe still remains in the building but without its cargo!

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