Oamaru is the largest town in the Waitaki District; most famous for its penguin colony and limestone architecture of the Victorian Precinct – but that’s just the beginning of what the town has to offer.
Be captivated by little blue penguins, fur seals and rare seabirds that call Oamaru home. With craft beer and whisky, incredible restaurants, café’s and artisan shopping close by, Oamaru Harbour is great for everyone with stunning views out to the Pacific Ocean, an incredible steampunk-themed playground
and bike park for the kids.
Stroll through New Zealand’s best preserved Victorian commercial streetscape in the Victorian Precinct, Oamaru. The original buildings made from locally quarried limestone are a testament to Oamaru’s boom era, when it was an important port town, sending the world’s first frozen meat exports around the world. Venture into Oamaru a little further and you’ll find wonderful shopping and handmade cheeses and the beautiful public gardens.
Allow plenty of time to visit Oamaru where dressing in Victorian era attire not unusual, where Steampunks roam and a penny-farthing remains a perfectly acceptable mode of transport. The art of traditional crafts is alive and well and friendly locals are a core ingredient of what makes Oamaru great.
New Zealand’s longest and most spectacular cycle trail – this is a trail not to be missed. The name says it all; start at Aoraki Mt Cook in the heart of the stunning Southern Alps or the equally beautiful Lake Tekapo Village and wind your way round mountains, deep-blue lakes and canals, then rolling farmland before meeting the Pacific Ocean on the edge of Oamaru Harbour.
A spectacular walk taking you up to the aptly named Lookout Point, here you can look over the harbour and out to the Pacific Ocean. This walk is steep going up and can be slippery after rain, alternatively, drive to Lookout Point and take a walk on the track around the Cape and visit a former gun emplacement.
Kakanui’s Sunflowers FIeld Kakanui is famous for its stunning sunflowers field. The sunflowers are usually blooming in February – and it’s definitely worth the view! This field has played host to many a photographer and film crew over the years.. These sunflowers are grown by Topflite to produce some of
Portside Restaurant Portside Restaurant offers a fantastic view of Oamaru and of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Sit outside on the deck or inside in this spacious restaurant and enjoy a menu offering something for everyone. The menu is jammed packed with local cuisine from fresh mussels to North Otago lamb.
Riverstone Kitchen New Zealand’s Restaurant of the Year in 2010. Riverstone Kitchen is a more casual café by day before morphing into a relaxed yet focused evening restaurant. The short, uncluttered menu focuses on local ingredients, with much of the produce from the family’s gardens. Previous Next Physical address
Scotts Brewery Production craft brewery, gourmet pizza kitchen, beer tastings, takeaway tap beers, brew bar & sunny deck with stunning ocean views – open 7 days. We have an ever-changing range of locally made Scotts craft beer & guest tap beer. A refined wine list, featuring the best of New
Take a tour of our small dairy farm and taste milk like it should be. Start your tour with a gumboot fitting, and then a walk through our native plantings. The farm owner will talk about this ethical dairy and answer any questions you may have about The Natural Dairy, or about the wider dairy industry.