Douglas County formally established a sister community partnership with the Waitaki District, New Zealand in October 2010. Sister community programs are recognized as a catalyst for economic vitality, fostering communication across borders, creating a mutual exchange of ideas, education, culture and sport, and promoting tourism and trade.
Many natural commonalities exist between Douglas County, Nevada and the Waitaki District, New Zealand including proud rural lifestyles, outdoor recreation, agriculture, soaring, climate, tourism, fishing and friendly people. Active partnerships already exist between gliding enthusiasts in Douglas County and the Waitaki District, as both communities are widely recognized as world destinations for soaring.
Douglas County and Waitaki District officials are working together to promote soaring, business and educational opportunities in both communities.