Oamaru, Waitaki

Oamaru, Waitaki District, North Otago - must visit town in New Zealand

Surrounded by stunning natural beauty and with some of New Zealand's best 19th century architecture, Oamaru has a welcoming and friendly environment with a huge range of experiences to participate in and enjoy.

Oamaru is the district's capital and has some of the most impressive architecture in New Zealand.

Explore the businesses in the Victorian Precinct or take a visit to Totara Estate and Clarks Mill for a piece of history. Around the harbour you can visit the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony and see them come ashore at dusk.

Oamaru is famous for its gardens, has four golf courses, an aquatic centre, library, museum and a range of galleries including the Forrester Gallery.

Taste award winning cheese at Whitestone Cheese and catch world class shows in the Oamaru Opera House.

There is a range of accommodation and Oamaru houses some of the best restaurants including the Cuisine New Zealand Restaurant of the Year for 2010 - Riverstone Kitchen.

There are heaps of reasons to go there and relax and enjoy some incredible hospitality and activities.