Kurow is a town in the Waitaki Valley in the South Island of New Zealand, it is located 55 kilometres inland from Oamaru and situated at the junction of the Waitaki and Hakataramea Rivers.

Kurow is unforgettable for its twin bridges. The Waitaki River which runs from the town to sea is one of New Zealand's top jet boating rivers and also has good canoeing along many of its streams. Fisherman will love Kurow as trout fishing in this area is legendary in both the rivers and the lakes.

The landscape around Kurow is mesmerising as the mountains around Kurow rise to 2000 metres; the tallest mountain is Te Kohurau. The hydroelectric dams on the Waitaki River are also an attraction. You can cross over the Aviemore dam to access a scenic drive up to the Benmore dam.

Kurow History

The name of the town is an Anglicised form of the name of the nearby mountain Te Kohurau. In the 1920s the 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.

Main Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region

Other Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region