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Things to do in Oamaru

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Entertainment
“Watch Little Blue Penguins come ashore at night from viewing grandstands down at the Oamaru harbour”
  • 17 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Very popular brewery, with a big selection of their own brews. Serve really good pizzas. The outside area is lovely to chill on a warm day.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Steampunk HQ features a fascinating collection of retro-futuristic sci-fi art, movies, sculpture and sound. Basically, it's how the Victorian people may have imagined their future world if electricity had never been invented. It's wacky, weird and very creative unlike anything else you'll ever experience and definitely a MUST visit whilst in Oamaru. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
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“Open for lunch and dinner, whether you want a drink and a snack or a full on meal its all available here. Quiz nights on Wednesdays.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Waterfront Rd, South Hill – perfect spot to eat before heading out to visit the penguins. Dine right over the harbour. Delicous classic NZ menu. Great place to eat/drink before or after penguin viewing.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“Visit Jimmy the Parrot in the aviary and say hello if he is in a good mood he will say hi back or ask you what you are doing. We have a great kids playground with paddle pool and picnic areas with BBQ's.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Your nearest Grocery Store - general groceries, fruit, veges, meat - also has a very good NZ wine selection”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Our favourite dining experience! Lovely setting, great selection of wines and beers, delicious, creative food with an Argentinian flare. Specializing in beef and lamb but you should also try their home made pasta. The smoked chicken ravioli is delicious.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Cafe
“Same delightful owners as Cucina. Casual, relaxed cafe with great coffee and a good brunch menu selection. Worthwhile relaxing and spending time enjoying delicious food.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Open for lunch and dinner, the Star and Garter is full of Old World charm serving traditional home style food with generous portions and good service. This has been around for years, my parents and in laws both had their wedding receptions there back in the late 1940s and there are wedding photos of back then. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Place to shop
“You can get a tour of local Whitestone cheese factory and some wine and cheese tastings. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Entertainment
“A variety of shows, always changing so best to check what's on during your stay. "The Oamaru Opera House is an intimate & thoroughly unique New Zealand venue, community owned, bringing you the latest in entertainment from around the globe"”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cafe
“South Hill, Oamaru – right on the waterfront and next to the ‘Friendly Bay’ playground so handy to grab a bite to eat close to the kids playground or with a view over the harbour.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Wonderfully preserved Victorian street with cafe, bakery, galleries, gift shops and whiskey tasting”
  • 4 locals recommend
Nature
“Great views, great photos, especially at sunrise and sunset. From there explore Cape Wanbrow.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Pub
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“3 Tyne Street, Oamaru 03-434 6247 Built in 1877, in the heart of the Victorian precinct, fully renovated. Soak up the atmosphere in the bar, with live music, great food, friendly service and enjoy the company of others. Or stay a night in the restored hotel accommodation – the Criterion can cater to everyone! ”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Brewery
“Very popular brewery, with a big selection of their own brews. Serve really good pizzas. The outside area is lovely to chill on a warm day.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
“Open for lunch and dinner, whether you want a drink and a snack or a full on meal its all available here. Quiz nights on Wednesdays.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Waterfront Rd, South Hill – perfect spot to eat before heading out to visit the penguins. Dine right over the harbour. Delicous classic NZ menu. Great place to eat/drink before or after penguin viewing.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Our favourite dining experience! Lovely setting, great selection of wines and beers, delicious, creative food with an Argentinian flare. Specializing in beef and lamb but you should also try their home made pasta. The smoked chicken ravioli is delicious.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Pub
“3 Tyne Street, Oamaru 03-434 6247 Built in 1877, in the heart of the Victorian precinct, fully renovated. Soak up the atmosphere in the bar, with live music, great food, friendly service and enjoy the company of others. Or stay a night in the restored hotel accommodation – the Criterion can cater to everyone! ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Go meet Dave and Tania a family run business with ten pin bowling fun for everyone”
  • 3 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
“220 Thames St. Delicious Thai food. Can dine-in or take-away. Sometimes they are willing to deliver out here! Ph. 03 434 6245”
  • 2 locals recommend
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