Oamaru Things to Do

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    Our yellow eyed star!
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    Bushy Beach
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Most Viewed Things to Do in Oamaru

  • 1. Yellow-Eyed Penguins

    Bushy beach is a quiet are along Oamaru coast, where you are likely to see yellow eyed penguins. Differently from the little blue penguins, yellow eyed are very shy, they don't like to see or hear...

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  • 2. Historic town

    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...

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  • 3. Blue Penguin Colony

    A big blue penguin colony settled down in Oamaru, giving you a unique opportunity to observe these little lovely animals from very close. Penguins are used to come back from the seaside in the...

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  • 4. Moeraki Boulders

    The coast and specially the boulders make a very nice day trip (or if you are on the way from/to Dundin a great stopping place) out of Oamaru (SH1, 30 km south of Oamaru). The little fishing village...

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  • 5. SEAFARER'S MEMORIAL LOOKOUT

    A memorial to all seafarers who sailed from the Port of Oamaru and lost their lives at sea is the lookout. From here, you get fantastic views of Oamaru and the bay, it is well worth coming to, a must...

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  • 7. CRITERION HOTEL

    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...

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  • 8. SAINT PATRICK'S BASILICA

    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...

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  • 9. WAITAKI BOYS HIGH SCHOOL

    This is another impressive building, but located in Waitaki Avenue.Waitaki Boys' High School, founded in 1883, is a secondary school for boys, and also a...

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  • 10. More than Penguins: Oamaru - a White Stone Beauty

    Oamaru, located half-way between Timaru and Dunedin on the Otago coast, is rather well-known for its colony of Little Blue Penguins. It is less known for its...

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  • 11. Visit the Moeraki Boulders

    If you are traveling between Oamaru and Dunedin, the Moeraki Boulders command at least a short visit. The boulders lie just off SH1 forty-kilometers south of...

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  • 12. Visit the Penguin Colonies

    Oamaru’s main draw these days is its penguins. Within walking distance of the town center are colonies of world’s smallest and rarest penguins – Little (or...

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  • 13. Baby Yellows... (Browns ??)

    If you come to Oamaru in the summer time, you may be fortunate enough to see some babies yellow eyed penguins in the nest.First thing you will notice is their...

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  • 14. Hit the Beach !!!

    At sunset, sit up high in the designated "Penguin Blind" and watch the little guys hit the beach...It is pretty interesting as they will pause on the beach for...

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  • 15. See the famous Omaru Stone

    Omaru is famous for its lovely creamy limestone buildings. I am not a particular expert on the building material front, but I thought this stone was...

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  • 16. Spot the penguin

    You can see both the yellow-eyed and blue penguins. Just visit the tourist information centre and the keen staff can organise a tour of both. You can go by...

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  • 17. White Stone

    Oamaru is also noted for its many fine buildings in white stone, which was quarried locally, like these on Thames Street

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  • 18. Moeraki Boulders

    The Moeraki Boulders are situated some 40kms south of Oamaru. They are large, almost spherical boulders of volcanic origin, set on a nice sandy beach.

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  • 19. I Brake for Penguins....

    Well, you don't see these traffic signs just anywhere.... but best to heed the warning, I dont know what the fine is for squashing a pengie, but I bet it is...

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  • 20. The Loner

    Keep you eyes open and scan the brush for tell tale penguin droppings... You might just get lucky and spot a loner yet to find a mate...

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