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Oamaru Travel Guide: 50 reviews and 98 photos

OAMARU - The Town

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.

OAMARU - The Harbour

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

successfully here.

OAMARU - The district

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 and Cons
  • Pros:Nice Historical town, plenty to see
  • Cons:Bad weather
  • In a nutshell:Lots of beautiful buildings
  • Last visit to Oamaru: Apr 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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