Kurow, part of the Waitaki District, is a sport-lover's paradise. This area is known for its watersports and excellent fishing opportunities, and there are endless activities in Kurow to take part in. The nearby lakes and rivers are safe and beautiful, and the surrounding mountains rise up to 2000m. The town is 70km inland from Oamaru – southwest of Christchurch.

Kurow is a service centre for the area's hydroelectric schemes, including the nearby Benmore, Waitaki and Aviemore dams, and there is excellent fishing, swimming and boating on the lakes. Visitors can tour the control room and generators at Benmore, which has superb views from the top of the dam. Waitaki, the area's oldest station, has a viewing platform beyond the dam, while Lake Aviemore offers good fishing. South-east of Kurow the town of Duntroon makes a pleasant excursion, offering fishing and jetboating on the Waitaki River, an authentic blacksmith's, and a fossil trail.

The building of important bridges across the Waitaki in the late 1800s led to the development of the town of Kurow and many of its historical buildings can be traced back to these early days. Another important stage of development came with the construction of the Waitaki dam in the 1920s and 1930s.