AAA Thames Court Motel

252 Thames Street, Oamaru, New Zealand
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St. Augustine's churchSt. Augustine's church

Saint Patrick's BasilicaSaint Patrick's Basilica

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Beautiful ocean, by the "penguinbeach"Beautiful ocean, by the "penguinbeach"

Travel Tips for Oamaru

Blue Penguins

by rozehill

The Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony provides you with the perfect opportunity to watch blue penguins as they return from a busy day at sea. You will see them arrive on the beach, climb the steep rocks and make their way inland to their burrow. All this, 5 minutes from the town centre by car. Oamaru is the easiest place in N Z for people to see good numbers of blue penguins close and view them. The local penguin population is approximately 3,000 birds. They nest throughout the harbour area and coastline. Since natural nesting is a burrow or any hole, blue penguins use nest boxes provided by the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, which is well lit for easy viewing. These wee birds are so cute and loved being watched but they bite fiercely!!!!
The blue penguins (EUDYPTULA MINOR) which come ashore at dusk are the world's smallest Penguin at approximately 30cm tall with an average life span of 8 years. The plumage is indigo blue above and satin white below. The bill is dark and the eyes pale grey, the feet are webbed. These penguins become sexually active at 2 years and usually always mate for life though 'divorce' is not uncommon.
From the town centre there are sign post all the way to the Blue Penguin Colony so no one could possibly become lost, (not even me who has no sense of direction!) It is 5 minutes by car out of the south end of the town.


by balhannah

Waimate is located approx halfway between Timaru and Oamaru. You can turn off route 1 onto route 82 that takes you to Waimate, then come back onto route 1 again, it is not far.....Look for the signpost near Willowbridge. It can be an alternative route between the two Towns.
Paterson's Cottage........This cob cottage is believed to have been built about 1880 from Penticotico clay and tussock. James Paterson and his family lived here, hence the name 'paterson's cottage.' After his departure in 1893 casual workers continued to camp here. Since then, the building has been restored, there is a sign out the front telling you all the details of the building.

Stop and have a look!

State Highway 82, Hakataramea.


by balhannah

This magnificent Catholic church is constructed of Oamaru stone and was built in various stages, the first in 1893 and the last in 1918. The Basilica follows the pattern of the large, roofed buildings used by the Romans for public purposes. The foundation stone was laid on Trinity Sunday, 1893, by Bishop Moran, and the Basilica was opened on 18th November 1894. The interior with its coffered Renaissance ceiling and great dome over the sanctuary is well worth going inside and having a look at.

Gathering up...

by kenmerk

Blue (or Fairy) Penguins are more common than the yellow eyed ones. Also, they come back from the daily fishing expeditions later, 9 or 10 o'clock at night.

Oamaru has built a big grand stand and now sells tickets to watch these little guys come back in on shore...

It is pretty interesting as they will land on the beach and then wait for a bunch of their friends to join them....


by bsfreeloader

Oamaru is one of New Zealand’s more attractive towns, with its signature Victorian influenced limestone buildings evidencing the town’s prosperous past. Unfortunately, the town seems to be dying. Not only does it seem to have an aging population, it seems much of the business that once brought the town its wealth have dried up or moved elsewhere. Additionally, the area appears to be largely shunned by the tour operators who instead have focused their energies in Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula. This is both a shame and a disservice because Oamaru’s penguin colonies are as good or better than those further south, and its historic district is unlike any other street scene in New Zealand.


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