Lake Aviemore Motor Hotel
State Highway 83, Oamaru, South Island, 8950, New Zealand
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A Town's Story Comes Alive!
Check ou the live show in Oamaru's stunning old Victorian quarter. It brings alive the buildings by telling the true story of The Great Storm of 1868. Just 3 actors take on multiple characters to tell the story in an old grain store of a young town; a storm, a shipwreck on the beach, and a love torn apart. It is an amazing setting which draws you in and has you believing you’re in a chemist’s shop one minute and on board a sailing ship the next. Aimed at bringing the buildings alive, the Storm does just that!
The famous Moeraki Boulders lie scattered along a beach 40km south of Oamaru. They are embedded in the beach and mostly covered at high tide, the almost perfectly spherical Moeraki Boulders are known to Maori as Te Kaihinaki ("food baskets").
According to Maori legend, the boulders are gourds washed ashore from the wreck of a great voyaging canoe Araiteuru, whose occupants were seeking pounamu (greenstone), when it was wrecked upon landfall in New Zealand some 1000 years ago. Despite their appearance, the boulders were not washed up from the sea, but rather lay deep in the mudstone cliffs behind the beach until the sea eroded the cliffs and out fell the smooth boulders.
Scientists explain the boulders as septarian concretions formed about 65 million years ago. Crystallization of calcium and carbonates around charged particles in muddy undersea sediments gradually formed the boulders. The process took as long as 4 million years. The soft mudstone containing the boulders was raised from the seabed around 15 million years ago, and the sea is gradually washing away the mudstone to expose the erosion-resistant boulders.
The viewing platform, just a few minutes walk through regenerating native forest, offers good views of the boulders. If you're lucky, Hector's dolphins will be playing in the waves.
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After walking and viewing the Moeraki Boulders, we headed on towards Dunedin, stopping off at Shag Point, which is only another 11kms down the road. This point has lookouts and good views of the Ocean and we saw many Seals that were basking on the rocks
The Yellow eyed penguin and NZ fur seal is found here, we only saw the fur Seals, as dawn and dusk is when penguins are most likely to be seen, none were around in the middle of the day.
The viewing area is only meters from the car park, so its easy for people with walking difficulties.
Shag Point’s most recent history is it was the first place in New Zealand where coal was used for commercial purposes. Mine shafts ran kilometres out under the seabed until mining ceased in 1974.
And yes, SHAG'S are seen here too!
Another beautiful building to feast your eyes on, is the Criterion Hotel, which was built in 1877.
Operating as a licensed hotel until prohibition came to Oamaru in 1905, it was still used as a private hotel until 1943 when it was bought and used for storage of light engineering foundry equipment.
Since 1989, exterior and interior has been restored, and once again is a fully licensed Pub, which serves meals, [Pork Pies if you wish to try one!]and offers bed & breakfast accommodation in victorian themed rooms. Inside, it is like stepping back in time, into that Victorian Era! It is said to be one of New Zealand's most photographed hotels, I can understand why!
Oamaru - a victorian heritage
"Oamaru - a victorian heritage"
Oamaru is a small town of about 12000 people. It has a strong Victorian heritage due to many of the great buildings are built during the period of 1880s. You can visit many old fashion style cafe, candy shop or even a radio boardcasting station.
This is the radio station which feature many of the antique radio. They played a song for us during my honeymoon while I was there!
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