Oamaru is one of those places that are a delight to visit. Pleasingly one can report the Victorian period of Oamaru is now fully recognized for the heritage protection tourism potential. Twenty years ago this quarter of Oamaru was under threat of demolition.
Many public buildings are built of local limestone, quarried especially near Weston, and known as Oamaru stone. The southern part of Oamaru's main business district ranks as one of New Zealand's most impressive streetscapes [
Oamaru is an active fishing port with some industrial shipping movements. The port has a colorful and tragic history of shipwrecks.
On 20 February 1770 James Cook in the Endeavour reached a position very close to the Waitaki mouth and "about 3 Miles from the shore" according to his journal. The perceptive Cook said the land "here is very low and flat and continues so up to the skirts of the Hills which are at least 4 or 5 Miles in land.
More European settlers arrived in the Oamaru area in the 1850s.
A colony of little blue penguinís lives on the harbour, and a colony of yellow-eyed penguins just south of the town attracts ecotourists. Penguins sometimes live under buildings close to the beach, including the town's music club.
Allow four days to delight in the magnificent Oamaru