Five fun things to do in Ōamaru

In some places you really have to use your imagination to get a sense of how it would have been...


The historic Criterion Hotel in Ōamaru's Victorian Precinct. © Jo Percival

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Oamaru TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Shayne, Tracy and staff welcome you to the Oamaru TOP 10 Holiday Park member of New Zealand's Premier Holiday Parks. A sheltered Park set on . . . More . . . 

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Moeraki Boulders: those mysterious spheres

On a sandy beach, just south of Ōamaru, is a collection of perfectly round boulders – some smooth-skinned, others fractured along veins of quartz, some eroded away to piles of rubble. Read the story . . . 

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Alpine Motel Visit website

Alpine Motel Oamaru welcome Families, Groups, Corporates & Independent Travellers to stay at our affordable, clean, spacious motel units. Alpine Motel are more than happy . . . More . . . 

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Ascot Oamaru Motel Visit website

Come and stay with us in beautiful Oamaru. Visit New Zealand's Victorian town, with little blue and yellow-eyed penguins. Close to Centennial Park Sports Grounds, . . . More . . . 

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Moeraki Boulders Walk

Take a walk to the Moeraki Boulders – geological marvels, exposed by erosion of sedimentary rocks laid down from 13 to 65 million years ago. Read the story . . . 

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Omarama TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Welcome to the Omarama TOP 10 Holiday Park, one of New Zealand's Premier Holiday Parks, set in the high country of New Zealand's South Island . . . More . . . 

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Waitaki: a river of time

A goblin’s labyrinth of creamy rock, fossils, Victorian architecture and Steampunk. There is nowhere else in New Zealand quite like Waitaki. Read the story . . . 

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252 AAA Thames Court Motel Visit website

Enjoy our modern and spacious units. Carol and John welcome you to Oamaru. Close to town centre and penguin colony. 10 quiet and comfortable, spacious . . . More . . . 

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Steampunk HQ, Ōamaru

‘Steampunk is a quirky genre of science fiction that features steam-powered technology’ – according to Steampunk HQ in Ōamaru.   Read the story . . . 

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Heritage Court Motor Lodge Visit website

Choice of 27 rooms, budget to luxury spacious units in a quiet location set back from the road with full off-street parking. . . . More . . . 

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Going with the flow: cycling the Alps to Ocean Trail

The 300km Alps to Ocean Trail (the A2O) connects Aoraki Mt Cook with Ōamaru, flowing as the water does, from the mountains to the sea.  Read the story . . . 

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Oamaru Motor Lodge Visit website

Oamaru's superior accommodation complex where "great value is only the begining”Experience the difference! Oamaru Motor Lodge is easily found on Thames Highway on your way . . . More . . . 

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Ten awesome outdoor adventures in Otago

The Otago Region is home to diverse landscapes – from the wild coast to the wide open plains. With goldrush heritage, mysterious caves, quirky winter sports and some truly unique geology, it's a remarkable place to explore.  Read the story . . . 

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Moeraki Village Holiday Park Visit website

Moeraki Village Holiday Park is situated above the boat harbour in the picturesque village of Moeraki, North Otago. Our motels are modern with great sea . . . More . . . 

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Five fun things to do in Ōamaru

Ōamaru is rich in heritage – from historic architecture to mashed up Steampunk interpretations of Victoriana. It also has great galleries, penguin colonies and cheese. Read the story . . . 

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