South Island town, Oamaru is North Otago’s largest town. It is well known for remarkable geological formations, local stone, wildlife, and its unique history and historical buildings.

The service centre for the Waitaki District, Oamaru has a rich history and proud heritage, enriched by the passionate and perhaps quirky locals.

Explore the town’s heritage in the Victorian Precinct. You’ll experience some of the Southern Hemispheres most complete Victorian streetscapes and 19th century architecture. And you will find, shops, galleries and traditional crafts in well-preserved buildings.

The town proudly celebrates local heritage and history in Victorian Heritage Celebrations held every November.

Oamaru is also home to a blue penguin colony. These little penguins live around the harbour. And for a unique experience you can take up a seat in the viewing stands to witness these little creatures returning from sea to their nests at night.