Oamaru and the Waitaki have a rich history and heritage from Victorian streetscapes and Maori history to Steampunk and gorgeous galleries.
The Waitaki is steeped in Maori and early European settler history. Victorian streetscapes, ancient Maori rock art, museum collections, Steampunk HQ and gorgeous galleries filled with local art.
The Waitaki is home to beautiful buildings full of History. If you want to learn more about the architecture, head out to our Architecture page.
Each November, Oamaru brings its Victorian heritage to life with a five-day celebration filled with top hats, hoop skirts and penny farthings. As winter descends, Oamaru is once more transformed from its Victorian past, but this time the multi-day celebration is all things steampunk – you don’t have to dress up, but these celebrations give you the perfect excuse.