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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!

Places to Visit near Oamaru

Steampunk HQ

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.

Forrester Gallery

The Forrester Art Gallery is housed in a spectacular neo-classical building originally constructed in 1884 for the Bank of New South Wales. The site was acquired by the former Oamaru Borough Council and opened as a gallery in 1983 with the help of a substantial legacy from John M. Forrester (1865 -1965).

The Forrester, which is funded and administered by the Waitaki District Council, offers the Waitaki and wider region a varied and exciting exhibition programme, houses a growing collection of artworks significant to the region, and stands as an icon of Oamaru's unique whitestone historic district.

Oamaru Public Gardens

Officially opened in October 1876, the Oamaru Public Gardens are among the oldest in the country. The well-tended gardens and distinctive features reflect the unique style and heritage of Oamaru and Whitestone Waitaki.

The gardens are registered as a ‘Garden of Significance’ and have welcomed, entertained and inspired people for more than a century. They are well worth a visit for people of all ages. ​The gardens have something for everyone.

Janet Frame House

The property as it stands today is the story of the re-framing of this modest dwelling. At each step the work has been carefully carried out to ensure that no permanent damage was done to the original fabric.

The key rooms are very much as they looked during the Frame residency. The dining room (with its original lino) and the bedrooms have not changed since those days.

The kitchen has been rebuilt according to the recollections of Janet and her younger sister, June Gordon.

The house is not a restoration, it has become what is now called a re-framing, a combination of known facts and recollections. In many ways, the house is as the first lines in To the Is-Land

‘… with its mixture of fact and truths and memories of truths…’

We are open 2 -4 pm daily between 1 November and 30 April.

Recipes On The Road: Oamaru

Our second episode from our On the Road Recipes series explores the Victorian setting of Oamaru, working with Riverstone Kitchen, Head Chef Bevan Smith, and Waitaki Tourism!


Campgrounds and Parks near Oamaru

Beaumont Hotel

A rare and iconic country pub found in the heart of Otago.

With local history, good food and service, this pub is a must stop for anyone traveling past on State Highway 8 or biking the Clutha Gold Trail.

The Beaumont Hotel offers accommodation within the hotel and newly made cabins, camping ground, restaurant serving delicious meals daily, a wide variety of beer, wine, ciders and non-alcoholic beverages in the bar, children's playground, bikes to hire and much more!

Come and sample a real treat of true southern hospitality.

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Mt Aspiring Holiday Park

Mt. Aspiring Holiday Park is peacefully nestled in the hills just outside of Lake Wanaka township

Settle in for a relaxing holiday or stopover with beautiful views, plenty of space and fresh mountain air. Lake Wanaka offers a variety of outdoor activities in the hot and dry Otago summers as well as superb skiing in winter. The jewel at the heart of the region is Mount Aspiring National Park.

We are located 3km from Wanaka town centre, on the road to Treble Cone and the Matukituki Valley - the closest Holiday Park to Roy's Peak.

We offer a free booking service at the office for all your activities and restaurants.

We look forward to hearing from you. Hosts: Jo & Hamish Hogg

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