Nestled on the South Island’s east coast is the main town of North Otago, Oamaru. Oamaru is an attractive town with wide, tree-lined streets, immaculate gardens, galleries, beaches, colonies of rare penguins, and the most excellent conserved collection of historic buildings both public and commercial in New Zealand. The buildings were created in the 1880s from Oamaru stone, a local cream-coloured limestone which is easily cut, carved and moulded. They give a intriguing picture of a wealthy period when grain stores and warehouses were designed to be as magnificent as the public and commercial buildings which surrounded them.
Oamara is a friendly place, which has many things to see and do, from the exciting Historic Precinct featuring New Zealand’s most complete Victorian Streetscape to the world famous ecological tourism attraction the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony. The blue penguin is the smallest of all penguins and can be found near populated areas like Oamaru. They can be found feeding on fish close to the shore.
Oamara has many places to dine serving an enticing selection of local and international cuisine. There are many places to stay in Oamara from a wide selection of excellent Hotel accommodation to self catering for all levels of expectation and tariff rates.