Oamaru boasts the country’s oldest public gardens, renowned Victorian architecture and two penguin colonies. Oamaru, the largest town of the Waitaki District, has a rich history and proud heritage, enriched by the passionate and perhaps quirky locals. Explore this heritage in the Victorian Precinct, where you will find, shops, galleries and traditional crafts within some of the Southern Hemispheres most complete Victorian streetscapes and19th century architecture. This heritage and history is proudly celebrated each November during Oamaru’s Victorian Heritage Celebrations. A new heritage experience is also nestled right in the heart of Victorian Oamaru, Whitestone City. This is a fun-filled and interactive experience that the whole family will love.
Brydone Hotel Oamaru has been standing in the center of town for over a century, welcoming guests under its elegantly carved, white limestone portals. Conveniently located within 15 minutes of the airport, much of Oamaru’s attractions are all within easy distance of the hotel.