Waimate District

Waimate District is a territorial authority located in the Canterbury Region of the South Island of New Zealand. The main town is Waimate, while there are many smaller rural communities dispersed throughout the area. Its boundary to the south is the Waitaki River, to the west Lake Benmore and to the north-east the Pareora River.

Waimate District
CountryNew Zealand
RegionCanterbury Region
DistrictWaimate District Council
Lower Waihao
  MayorCraig Rowley
  Total3,582.19 km2 (1,383.09 sq mi)
 (June 2018)
  Density2.2/km2 (5.8/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+12 (NZST)
  Summer (DST)UTC+13 (NZDT)
7924, 7972, 7971, 7977, 7978, 7979, 7980, 7984, 7988, 7999, 9498
Area code(s)03
WebsiteWaimate District Council
Explore Waimate

The district is administered by the Waimate District Council and regionally by the Canterbury Regional Council. John Coles, who was first elected as a councillor in 1994, was mayor from 2004 to his retirement at the 2013 local elections.[1]

The district is the only part of New Zealand where Bennett's wallabies are prolific, after their introduction from Australia in the 19th century. The animals are a mixed blessing locally, attracting tourists but being a farm pest, and culling measures have been taken in their slowly expanding territory.[2]

Populated places

Waimate District consists of the following towns, localities, settlements and communities:

  • Notes: bold - main town; bold & italics - minor town; normal text - locality; italics - minor locality; DC - former populated place of defunct Deep Creek Ward; WH - former populated place of defunct Waihao Ward


  1. Williams, Al (25 April 2013). "Coles calls it quits as Waimate mayor". The Timaru Herald. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  2. McNeilly, H. "Wallabies invade Richie McCaw country", stuff.co.nz, 30 October 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2016.

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