Oamaru to Dunedin by road
If you are travelling to Dunedin by road, instead of taking the main highway, Take the scenic coast road to KAKANUI, and rejoin the main road at Waianakarua river.
Just outside of Oamaru are market gardens and beautiful seaside views. Further on, take the side road to the MOERAKI BOULDERS, stop and have a look here. Next stop, is SHAG POINT, there a quite a few Seals that you can see close up. KARITANE, originally a Kai Tahu settlement dating back to ancient times. A whaling station was established in 1837. There is a lookout on the hill overlooking the pretty bay. Finally, DUNEDIN.
A good scenic drive recommended by the Tourist Info centre for us to do, and well worth it.
St. Augustine's Church @ Waimate
St Augustine's Church  we came across on our tour around the town of Waimate.
What a lovely church it was!
It is painted wood, I have read built from Matai & Totara trees that came from the Waimate forest.
St Augustine's lantern tower is different! The Bell tower, built in 1903, has a square spire and ornate gables over louvered windows of the belfry. Head inside to see the lovely stained glass windows, some which were designed and manufactured in England.
Location....John Street, Waimate
THE HISTORIC HARBOUR & TYNE DISTRICT
If you have the time, go for a walk around the "Original Commercial area of Oamaru."
This area is known as....
New Zealand's most complete Victorian Streetscape.
with buildings dating from the 1870's to 1890's as they were in the past. Most of them are built out of the local limestone.
This area is being restored, and although when we walked through on a wet day, there was not much open, it still was interesting admiring the workmanship of these buildings. Shops in this area are....Harbourside Gifts and Souvenirs, Photo shop, weaver, a carving studio and the Woolstore Galleries among others!
Perhaps on a weekend more may be open!
A vintage Steam Train gives rides from the precinct down to the nearby Penguin Colony on weekends and holidays for FREE!
Sun, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Architecture & Historical
"OAMARU - The Town"
The town has the largest collection of protected Heritage buildings in New Zealand.
They were designed by the best Architects of the time, and built out of the
local limestone, known world wide at the "Oamaru Stone"
A new generation of enthusiasts have preserved and refurbished them in Vistorian style.
"OAMARU - The Harbour"
The Harbour has an old carved wooden wharf, and an assortment of Crafts people.
Also, hundreds of Blue Penquins waddle ashore every night, just after
dark. The Oamaru Blue Penquin colony is a natural nesting area for the
world's smallest Penquin.
Another Penquin colony is a 30min walk away at Bushy beach, the
Penquins here are the rare Yellow-eyed Penquins. It nests and breeds
"OAMARU - The district"
The Moeraki Boulders are nearby and also Lake Benmore.
As you can see by my photos, we were there on a wet and dismal day.
We walked and drove around, liked the town, would like to see it on a sunnier day.
In November, it hosts a week long HERITAGE FESTIVAL, something to
remember for future visits. Penny Farthing races might be quite a spectacle to watch!
The website gives details of some of the restored buildings............
Also included on this page is information on the town of Waimate & Moeraki Boulders
Oamaru is known for its Victorian heritage. Its collection of Victorian buildings is recognised as unique in the world, remaining intact, preserved, lived in and loved, while so many elsewhere have been destroyed through lack of appreciation.
"The Moeraki Boulders"
The world famous Moeraki Boulders - just 40km south of Oamaru off SH1.
Oamaru was just a town that we drove through after visiting the Boulders. We were heading towards Lake Tekapo... Perhaps some day I'll be back...
"Blue Penguin Colony"
Oamaru is also famous for it's Blue Penguin Colony (only minutes away from the centre of town). You can view the penguins here daily throughout the year.
If you're interested in the viewing, check this out...