Visit Oamaru with Mighway

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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

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.

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.

Oamaru Harbour Tourist Park

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!

Steampunk Playground

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.

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

Catlins Inn

Call in for a glass of wine or a cold beer, and have a great southern meal.

The Catlins Inn offers a friendly sports bar with a TAB machine, gaming machines, pool table, dart board plus easy listening background music for your entertainment. There is also a convenience bottle store with a great selection of takeaway liquor products and the modern "Ryley's" Cafe, which offers excellent country bistro fare at affordable prices.

The inn offers three modern studio accommodation units, which are serviced daily. There is also a campervan park at the rear of the hotel with powered sites on enquiry.

If you're planning a small function and/or meeting for up to 45 people, there is a medium sized lounge that can accommodate your group comfortably, just a little distance from the main bar.

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Brighton Beach

A beautiful beach spot just south of Dunedin, with plenty to do for the whole family.

20km SW of Dunedin, Brighton is a small seaside town, along the Southern Scenic Route within the city limits of Dunedin. The area is popular for day trips from Dunedin. Surf-lifesaving patrols are on duty here during busy times.

The motorcamp in Brighton also hires out boats for you take a leisurely paddle up the stream.

South Seas Gallery is very popular in Brighton, where visitors can stroll the gardens and view works from such artists as Lindsay Crooks, Janet Weir and Ollie Crooks.

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