Oamaru Holidays & Travel Guide

Located on the southeast coast of New Zealand's South Island, Oamaru is the largest town in the North Otago region and is situated 112km or one and a half hour's drive north of Dunedin. Surrounded by stunning natural beauty, Oamaru holidays are known for their 19th century architecture and penguin population. With a huge range of experiences, activities and attractions, Oamaru is the ideal place to have a break while exploring some of New Zealand's loveliest landscapes.

This Oamaru travel guide is designed to help you make the most of your time in this charming coastal town. Although there are many reasons to stay a while in Oamaru, perhaps the most famous reason is the colony of little blue and yellow-eyed penguins that waddle ashore each night at sunset at Oamaru Harbour. There's also the town's goldmining history, heritage buildings, Victorian precinct, excellent shopping and the fascinating museum and steampunk playground.


Oamaru Accommodation

Ranging from 3 stars to 5 stars and featuring everything in between, Oamaru accommodation offers something to suit all travellers and budgets. With options to suit couples, families and friends, Oamaru accommodation offers everything from comfortable motels and modern hotels to boutique accommodation, spacious self-catering apartments, harbourside resorts, charming bed and breakfasts and luxury lodges. Conveniently close to the city's main shopping and dining districts, Oamaru accommodation also enjoys easy access to a variety of the city and surrounds' most popular activities and attractions.

Oamaru Attractions

The stunning harbour town of Oamaru offers a fantastic variety of attractions ranging from boutiques and galleries to museums and heritage buildings, 19th century architecture and one of the oldest public gardens in New Zealand. There's also plenty of walking tracks, cycling trails and golf courses, with the opportunity to experience nature at its best. The proud gold mining heritage of Oamaru is evident in its well-preserved whitestone townscape, built from elegant local limestone. The Harbour-Tyne Street precinct is one of the best examples of this and offers some fantastic shopping too. The local cheese factory also offers some delicious local cheese and fragrant locally made soaps. Of course one of the most popular Oamaru attractions are the penguin colonies. Come sunset, Oamaru Harbour is transformed into a nesting ground for little blue and yellow-eyed penguins who waddle ashore each night.

Oamaru Facts

Oamaru is pronounced Awe-ah-mah-roo and is from the Maori word meaning 'the place of Maru'. Maru was a deity which related to the sea. The famous penguin colonies of Oamaru Harbour are particularly interesting to see during their breeding season which runs from late June to early September.

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