Things to see & do

Former Post Office,  now home to the Waitaki District Council
Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
During your stay at Northstar Motel , take a day to get to know the world’s smallest penguins in their natural environment. The colony nest within walking distance of the town centre of Oamaru, under the cliffs in the harbour. This is a great family activity during your Oamaru holiday. Day tours and evening tours available.

Moeraki Boulders
The Moeraki Boulders can be found 40km south of Oamaru. The boulders are a group of huge round stones, seen strewn on the beach. The boulders were formed around 60 million years ago and the sea is slowly eroding the boulders and revealing new ones. The largest boulders are an amazing three metres in diameter! This is a great natural attraction, not to be missed.

Oamaru’s Historical Heritage Buildings
Oamaru boasts an amazing collection of historic Victorian buildings, which date back to the 1860s. The buildings, which include the National Bank, the Opera House and the former post office, are all well preserved, and give Oamaru the charm of a European village. Many of the buildings were designed by John Forrester, an architect strongly linked with Oamaru.
A selection of the stunning buildings are open to the public. Contact the Oamaru I-Site for more information.

Arts, Crafts and Shopping
From gifts and souvenirs, to The Woolstore Galleries and Whitestone Cheese, cheese makers, Oamaru has something to suit everyone. Stroll down the main street of Oamaru and pop in to the many unique shops and galleries. Oamaru also has a range of typical New Zealand stores, such as Farmers and The Warehouse, for all your basic needs.

A Day at the Beach
In the heart of Oamaru is Friendly Bay, Oamaru’s Harbour beach, great for fishing, paddling, kayaking and rowing. For beautiful swimming beaches, venture south to Kakanui. In this beautiful area you will find Campbell’s Bay, perfect for swimming and surfing and All Day Bay, with stunning golden sand, rock pools and sand dunes.

Waitaki Lakes
The Waitaki region boasts a number of amazing natural and man-made lakes for you to enjoy.
Lake Aviemore, Lake Benmore, and Lake Waitaki are great for swimming, fishing and water sports. Take your family, a picnic and a camera and spend the day relaxing in one of these pristine locations.
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