Untouched beaches, very little traffic, breathtaking scenery, beautiful architecture, nature at its best - there are many reasons why Oamaru and the Waitaki district is one of New Zealand's best kept secrets.
Oamaru is the districts capital and houses some of New Zealand's best 19th century architecture.
You can explore shops, galleries, restaurants, a wine bar and auto museum in the towns Victorian Precinct. There is also the opportunity to learn how to ride a penny farthing!
Around the harbour is the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony where you can see the little birds come ashore at night or do a day tour through the colony.
Oamaru is the home to Whitestone Cheese, New Zealand's most awarded cheese brand in 2011, spoil yourself with a platter and do a self guided tour of the factory.
Experience some of the country's top cuisine at award winning restaurants - Riverstone Kitchen won the Cuisine New Zealand Restaurant of the Year in 2010 and there are some other fabulous dining options that include the freshest produce straight from the limestone rich soil.
Galleries, museums, gardens, an opera house, aquatic centre, four golf courses, walks and cycletrails are found throughout the town and beyond, you will need a week to discover the best Oamaru has to offer!