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  Gracious Victorian buildings
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  • Gracious Victorian buildings - South Island
      Gracious Victorian buildings
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  • Watch out for penguins - South Island
      Watch out for penguins
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The gracious whitestone buildings of Oamaru come as quite a surprise - that such a little town should have so many fine buildings seems a bit of a puzzle until you find out how wealthy this town was in Victorian times - and it owed it all to frozen lamb!
It was here that the frozen meat trade that was to be so important to the New Zealand econmoy began. The wealth that came from that, and the wonderful whitestone that was available locally combined with civic pride in a spate of building that has left Oamaru with a unique townscape.
Totara Estate is where it all began - pay a visit to this historic homestead. Other attractions in the area are the extraordinary Moeraki Boulders, the Heritage Precinct around the Harbour, and, of course Oamaru's famous Little Penguin Colony, where every night these great little fellows put on a terrific penguin parade for visitors.
Before you leave check out the delicious cheeses made here by the Whitestone Cheese Company

Website: http://www.oamaru.org/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 12, 2005
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