With plenty of cultural and natural highlights to engage the senses and tempt your knack of adventure, Oamaru is an ideal place to plan your next winter holiday. Oamaru features a funky Victorian vibe that’s at once intriguing and engaging. Explore the steampunk museum or take a walking tour of Oamaru’s historic sites to learn more about this wholly charming town. Not too far away is the Kurow wine-growing region so you can taste your way through the area on an unforgettable romantic getaway. Finally, the nearby coast features amazing sights that you’ll have to see to believe. The climate is temperate, with warm summers and mild winters that make outdoor exploration ideal anytime of the year. The area is somewhat rainy year-round, but there are frequent sunny days that invite you to the open air and coast for exploration. Getting around Oamaru is half the fun. Book a camper with Mighway, and let the journey unfold!
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Steampunk HQ, in the small southern coastal town of Oamaru, is New Zealand's premiere Steampunk experience. Feature retro-futuristic sci fi art, movies, sculpture, immersive light and sound experiences, it is fascinating for the whole family.
Steampunk is a quirky and fun genre of science fiction that features steam-powered technology. It is often set in an alternate, futuristic version of 19th century Victorian England. The Steampunk future is driven by unusual steam powered devices – the ‘world gone mad’ as Victorian people may have imagined it. Examples are machines like those in the writing of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, and in TV shows such as Dr. Who.
Showcasing the works of local artists, movies, light and sound displays and an amazing life size Steampunk engine, Steampunk HQ has many hidden curiosities and intriguing artifacts; there is always something new to discover. Oamaru is an ideal setting for Steampunk art and activities, given the wonderfully preserved and thriving Victorian buildings.
Penguins began nesting in a rock quarry at the edge of Oamaru Harbour in the early 1990s. Today, it's Oamaru’s largest tourist attraction, with Blue Penguins nesting close to town under the cliffs along the Historic Harbour foreshore.
Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy a one-day experience with lots of interaction, education and information on the colony's research and monitoring programmes. With day entry, visitors can also enter the day viewing room and explore the penguins breeding area where you may see the penguins up close in their burrows. Penguin numbers vary from day to day so just ask a staff member how many they can guarantee you will see.
Evening viewing is when you will get to see the penguins arrive home from their days fishing. With general and premium viewing stands, watch the penguins swim ashore and enter the colony right in front of you!
Opening times vary during the year depending upon the season and the activities of the blue penguins in their natural environment.
October - March: 10am until close of evening viewing which depends on when the sun sets and when the penguins come ashore (between 8.00pm - 11.00pm. April - September: 10.00am until close of evening viewing which depends on when the sun sets and when the penguins come ashore (between 5.00pm - 8.00pm).
Art and sculpture are central in the equipment of this playground, located in the heart of Oamaru's historic waterfront and at the entrance to the Victorian Precinct. A giant Penny Farthing makes up the frame for the swingset, and a Steampunk elephant is the home to a very cool playhut.
Be dressed in costume for a portrait photograph as a lasting memento of your visit to Oamaru, a living Victorian town full of unique heritage whitestone buildings. You can choose from a range of gorgeous Victorian costumes for gentlemen, ladies, children and itinerant characters. They can cater for all shapes and sizes, and pets of reasonable size are welcome!
A full digital system enables you to view and choose your photos straight away; they are printed while you wait. Appointments are not necessary but are advisable.
Bookings are essential for large groups.
It's not often that you'll find a camping ground so central to a towns major attractions and central business district! Located opposite Oamaru's stunning harbour, we're located just 400mt from the world reknowned Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony and 200mt from the Victorian Precinct with a fine array of Bars and Restaurants nearby also. The newly constructed Steampunk Playground is right next door and will keep the kids (and big kids!) content for hours. Created by us over the last two years we are a new park, and we're constantly looking to provide more to our valued customers. We have a mix of powered and unpowered sites available suitable to tents, caravans and campervans. The "Penguins Nest" coffee and Icecream shop is onsite. We'd love to see you soon!Visit Oamaru Harbour Tourist Park
You can wander into town to get something for lunch and explore the unique mix of historic and contemporary attractions Oamaru has to offer.
We offer a range of quality affordable accommodation to suit every budget and our clean modern facilities are designed with the comfort of our guests in mind. The latest addition is the awesome 18-hole mini golf course and families love our playground space.
Find Oamaru TOP 10 beside the gardens on Chelmer Street. The bridge access from the park to the gardens makes for a pleasant walk. The Public Gardens are among the oldest and most beautiful in New Zealand.
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