About Oamaru

The Waitaki District is renowned for its magical scenery, open spaces and diverse landscapes. From natural wonders such as the Moeraki boulders to spectacular hydro dams the area offers something for everyone.

Oamaru's colonial past is found in its historic precinct. Originally built to service the port and agricultural sector, the buildings along Harbour and Tyne Streets now house gift shops, restaurants, a Victorian pub, a bakery, furniture maker, whiskey distillery, art gallery, traditional crafts, museums and markets. The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony features a viewing stand and a purpose built visitor centre. The colony is the easiest place in New Zealand to view good numbers of penguins and is only less than five minutes drive from the town centre.

The Waitaki district's unique geological features are highlighted at the Vanished World Centre and Trail. Located in Duntroon, the centre gives an overview of the Waitaki's geology with a focus on vanished life forms whose fossil records continue to be found in the area.

Situated 8 kms south of Oamaru, historic Totara Estate is the birthplace of New Zealand's frozen meat industry. Today its four stone buildings contain interactive displays, a theatrette and a unique memorabilia collection.

Located at Weston on the outskirts of Oamaru, Parkside Quarries is open for public viewing. Stone has been quarried there since 1906 by the grandfather of the present owners.

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