Tourism Waitaki

The Waitaki District is famous for its unique wildlife, dramatic landscapes, Victorian heritage buildings and strong links to New Zealand's pioneering past. . . . More . . . 

Smash Palace Car/Bicycle Rentals

Rental cars and cycles for $45 per day; includes insurance and unlimited kilometres. Cycles include helmet, carrier, pannier bag, stand, pump, gel seat cover. . . . More . . . 

Martyns Cycles

Martyns cycles are a family owned and operated business established in 1913. 100 years and still pedalling. Martyns Cycles have a full cycle service workshop . . . More . . . 

Hireplus Oamaru Ltd

A full range of modern quality cars, furniture truck and mini-buses (7-12 seaters). Shuttle trailers also available. Competitive rates to suit - day and long-term hires. . . . More . . . 

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Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

See the world's smallest penguins, in their natural environment. Our Blue Penguins nest close to town under the cliffs along the Historic Harbour foreshore. . . . More . . . 

Whitestone Cheese Store & Factory

Established in 1987, Whitestone is a leading New Zealand specialist cheese producer. The factory has been designed to enable visitors to view directly into the . . . More . . . 

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Events and festivals

Ōamaru’s Victorian Precinct: the capital of all things steampunk

Slightly eccentric, Ōamaru is one of those not-as-it-first-seems places. The surprises are all good ones, though! Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

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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Family fun

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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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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Things to do

Ride the epic Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

Linking the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, the aptly named Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail also takes in some of the most picturesque landscapes of the South Island.  Read the story . . . 

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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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