What to do in Oamaru

Oamaru, on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, prospered during the nineteenth century and retains streets of intact grand stone buildings. Even industrial buildings exude an air of Victorian elegance and extravagance.

The town established its 34 acres (13.75 hectares) of public gardens in 1876, a serene and well used town resource. This is another example of New Zealand’s admirable devotion to providing public access to the outdoors. Here the gardens supplement the extensive walking and cycling trails around town and by the sea front, offering links to lengthy trails along the coast and into the Southern Alps .

The Japanese Red Bridge, Oamaru Public Gardens

The town’s generous spirit and strong artistic flavour welcomes visitors with its excellent restaurant and pub options, fine Victorian streetscapes, and extensive displays of public art, including whimsical sculptures down by the old port. Even penguins are welcome, and several colonies flourish at Oamaru’s beaches.

This is my contribution to Tiffin’s A-Z Guidebook, this month starting with the letter ‘O’.

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I like to travel while having a base from which to roam. Home is a small farm on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, where I grow organic vegetables and fruit, keep a few chooks (chickens) and Dexter cattle. The place offers some country peace and quiet, and wildlife, as well as quick access to the inner suburbs of the city for my regular contrasting visits. I enjoy walking, camping, swimming and snorkelling, photography, reading, listening to and playing music, and good food and wine. A major flaw in my character is being susceptible to sales of air flights.

6 thoughts on “What to do in Oamaru”

    1. I’ve had the same problem with your blog. Many times I’ve written a comment on the A-Z series, but it disappears when I try to post it. I’ll try again. It’s probably just my incompetence at social media.


  1. Look at you two striking up a friendship. I had never heard of Omaru but saw posts from F earlier in the year and have learned a lot. I think NZ is calling Mr Tiffin and I to return. Thanks for persevering with the link up!


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