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.


Oamaru Public Gardens

The Oamaru Public Gardens are among the oldest in the country, opened officially in October 1876. The beautiful gardens and distinctly reflect the unique style and heritage of Oamaru and the Waitaki through Oamaru stone and other features

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Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

See the world’s smallest penguins, in their natural environment. Penguins began nesting in a rock quarry at the edge of Oamaru Harbour in the early 1990s. Today, it’s Oamaru’s largest tourist attraction.

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Steampunk HQ

Steampunk HQ is a unique museum of art, sound & light showing an altered universe set within an 1880’s Grain Elevator building in Oamaru. Featuring The Portal, a retro-futuristic mirror and lighting installation with original glowing light sculptures.

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Whitestone City

Located in the heart of Victorian Oamaru and fit-out in the style of a colonial town, where activities, displays, merchants, and an array of people in costume provide a glimpse of what Oamaru would have been like in the town’s early days.

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