"Architecture & Historical" Top 5 Page for this destination Oamaru by balhannah
Oamaru Travel Guide: 50 reviews and 98 photos
The town has the largest collection of protected Heritage buildings in New Zealand.
They were designed by the best Architects of the time, and built out of the
local limestone, known world wide at the "Oamaru Stone"
A new generation of enthusiasts have preserved and refurbished them in Vistorian style.
The Harbour has an old carved wooden wharf, and an assortment of Crafts people.
Also, hundreds of Blue Penquins waddle ashore every night, just after
dark. The Oamaru Blue Penquin colony is a natural nesting area for the
world's smallest Penquin.
Another Penquin colony is a 30min walk away at Bushy beach, the
Penquins here are the rare Yellow-eyed Penquins. It nests and breeds
The Moeraki Boulders are nearby and also Lake Benmore.
As you can see by my photos, we were there on a wet and dismal day.
We walked and drove around, liked the town, would like to see it on a sunnier day.
In November, it hosts a week long HERITAGE FESTIVAL, something to
remember for future visits. Penny Farthing races might be quite a spectacle to watch!
The website gives details of some of the restored buildings............
Also included on this page is information on the town of Waimate & Moeraki Boulders
- Pros:Nice Historical town, plenty to see
- Cons:Bad weather
- In a nutshell:Lots of beautiful buildings
After walking and viewing the Moeraki Boulders, we headed on towards Dunedin, stopping off at Shag Point, which is only... more travel advice
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