Oamaru, the largest town of the Waitaki District has a rich history and proud heritage and is most famous for its penguin colony and limestone architecture of the Victorian Precinct – but that’s just the beginning of what the Town & district has to offer.
Oamaru is within a 3½ drive from Queenstown and
Christchurch and a 1½ drive from Dunedin.
There’s a range of accommodation styles to suit all tastes & budgets from B&B’s and holiday homes through to self contained motels & hotels and luxury lodges, Oamaru will have a place for you. Some of our favourite places to stay include:
Highfield Mews Motel
Bella Vista Motel Oamaru
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SEE + DO
Oamaru will surprise you with its ecclectic range of things to see and do.
Time your visit for the weekend to visit the heritage market in the Victorian precinct.
Oamaru is the home of Steam Punk in New Zealand. Make time to visit the museum dedicated to this fashion statement.
A must do is to include a visit to the Little Blue Penguin Colony on Waterfront Rd, sit in the purpose made stand and wait for the action.
After visitingthe pengins settle in at one oof the great restaurants in town but remember, give way to any penguins on the street.
Stroll thru the town centre at night and soak up the atmosphere of the specially lit Victorian achitecture.
Walk along the beach at Moeraki and wonder at the size and perfection of the famous boulders which are not far out of town.
Ask us to book lunch for you on the dock in Moeraki at Fleur's Restaurant, one of the perfect reasons to visit not just Oamaru but New Zealand, according to celebrety chef, Rick Stein.