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About Oamaru

Famed for its colony of blue penguins, Oamaru is the largest town in North Otago. It’s home to a fantastical steampunk museum and 19th-century public gardens and is near the world-renowned Moeraki Boulders.

Things to do

Explore the creative contraptions and art installations at Steampunk HQ, a unique art gallery in the former Meeks Grain Elevator Building. Admire the coin-operated "steampunk" engine that greets visitors outside the building, then witness the bizarre machinery and converted train carriages displayed inside.

Want to see some of the smallest penguins in the world? Visit the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony to watch as they waddle to shore at dusk while you listen to live commentary. Alternatively, visit during the day to explore their nesting environment and view the nesting boxes while learning about the unique lifestyle of the blue penguin.

Stroll through the historic Oamaru Public Gardens to see colourful flower beds, native gardens and grassy lawns that stretch around Oamaru Creek. Visit the centrepiece rose garden and wander across the bright-red bridge of the Chinese garden, then admire the Italian marble fountain on the main entrance lawns.

Marvel at the Moeraki Boulders, a group of naturally eroded spherical boulders along a stretch of beach to the south of Oamaru. Learn about the Maori legend of the Arai-te-uru sailing canoe, whose contents were washed ashore during a wreck and transformed into the boulders seen today.

Getting around

Oamaru is around 1.5 hour’s drive north of Dunedin Airport and three hours from Christchurch Airport, with trains connecting to the centre of Christchurch. Oamaru lies at the end of the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail from Aoraki/Mount Cook and the town centre is compact enough to explore on foot.

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Brydone Hotel Oamaru

Brydone Hotel Oamaru
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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Good, 7.6
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Brydone Hotel Oamaru offers 3-star accommodation in Oamaru. The multiple amenities this historic hotel has to offer include laundry facilities, a beauty centre and a coffee bar.

Bella Vista Motel Oamaru

Bella Vista Motel Oamaru
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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Very Good, 8.3
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Bella Vista Motel Oamaru is located in Oamaru and is close to St. Kevin's College. It is moments from the beach and provides comfortable 4-star accommodation.

Oamaru Motor Lodge

Oamaru Motor Lodge
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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Superb, 9.4
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Oamaru Motor Lodge is situated on South Island and provides 4-star accommodation in addition to free Wi-Fi and a free shuttle service. The various amenities this charming motel offers include luggage storage, a concierge and a ticket service.

Highfield Mews Motel

Highfield Mews Motel
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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Superb, 9.0
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Highfield Mews Motel offers 4-star accommodation in Oamaru. It also provides a beauty centre, valet parking and a 24-hour reception.

Oamaru TOP 10 Holiday Park

Oamaru TOP 10 Holiday Park
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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Very Good, 8.0
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Oamaru TOP 10 Holiday Park provides comfortable 4-star accommodation in Oamaru. It is conveniently positioned for those wishing to visit the area's popular attractions.

ASURE Ambassador Motor Lodge

ASURE Ambassador Motor Lodge
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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Superb, 9.2
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ASURE Ambassador Motor Lodge offers 4-star accommodation in Oamaru. It also features a playground, room service and luggage storage.

Colonial Lodge Motel Oamaru

Colonial Lodge Motel Oamaru
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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Very Good, 8.2
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Colonial Lodge Motel Oamaru is situated on South Island and offers 4-star facilities as well as free Wi-Fi and a free shuttle service. It also provides a ticket service, a playground and luggage storage.

AAA Thames Court Motel

AAA Thames Court Motel
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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Fabulous, 8.8
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AAA Thames Court Motel offers 4-star accommodation in Oamaru. It also provides a kids club, a lake and a 24-hour reception.

289 Midway Motel

289 Midway Motel
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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Very Good, 8.5
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Situated in Oamaru, 289 Midway Motel is an easy drive from Kakanui and Weston. The numerous facilities this art deco motel offers include room service, highchairs and laundry facilities.

Avenue Motel Oamaru

Avenue Motel Oamaru
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Oamaru, New Zealand
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Good, 7.7
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This pet-friendly motel is situated in Oamaru and features a free shuttle service. It also offers highchairs, a 24-hour reception and a playground.

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