Explore Oamaru

Oamaru is a gorgeous harbour town where visitors can experience the best of both worlds. Explore the nature and see unique wildlife or explore our culture & heritage.

Oamaru is the heart of Whitestone Waitaki. The town's renowned Whitestone Victorian architecture, little blue penguins and rich history are only surpassed by the warm southern welcome you will receive in the beautiful town of Oamaru. With one of the country’s oldest public gardens, two penguin colonies, numerous golf courses and many walking and cycling trails, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the best of Oamaru.


Visit the Oamaru Public Gardens for an enjoyable outing with your family or friends. Don't miss highlights including the Wonderland Garden, the children's playground and the Fernery. These gardens are registered as a 'Garden of Significance' and Oamaru's unique heritage is reflected stylistically throughout.

Oamaru Public Gardens are open 7 days a week, entry is free!

Victorian Precinct2

Oamaru also has a very rich history and proud heritage, showcased throughout the Victorian Precinct and evident in the locals themselves. Explore this heritage as you visit museums, shops and galleries within some of New Zealand’s best 19th century architecture. This interesting heritage is showcased annually during Oamaru's Victorian Heritage Celebrations in November. With days of events and plenty in the programme for all ages and interests, these celebrations are not to be missed!

Join us for the 2016 Victorian Heritage Celebrations from the 16th-20th November!

Slow roast Pork Riverstone

This town also knows its food. Make sure you treat yourself to a cheese platter at the local cheese factory or watch the sun set while you enjoy a bite to eat from the deck of one of our seaside dining options. You can also experience some of the country’s top cuisine at award-winning local restaurants, including Cuisines 'Best Regional Restaurant' runner up for 2014 and the 'Restaurant of the Year' from 2010.

Oamaru also has a fantastic cafe scene! Try some great coffee and quality food at one of our tasty, well-reputed cafes.