Oamaru has so much to see and do!
Below are just a few activities and attractions near the Oamaru Motor Lodge.
Step back in time into Oamaru's Victorian Precinct – a busy hub with shops, galleries, cafés, bars, restaurants, museums, a brewery, a steam train and plenty of fun activities! A market operates in the carpark at the end of the precinct on Sundays.
Blue Penguin Colony
Attraction with a grandstand where visitors can observe blue penguins in the wild. There are various options for viewing the breeding colony during the day, or watching the penguins return to the colony at dusk. Located at 2 Waterfront Road, near the harbour.
Steampunk HQ is New Zealand's premiere Steampunk experience. They feature retro-futuristic sci-fi art, movies, sculpture, immersive light and sound experiences. Steampunk is a quirky and fun genre of science fiction that features steam-powered technology. It is often set in an alternate, futuristic version of 19th century Victorian England. Oamaru is an ideal setting for Steampunk art and activities, given the wonderfully preserved and thriving Victorian buildings. Located in Itchen Street, Oamaru Central.
The Moeraki Boulders are unusually large and spherical boulders lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach on the wave-cut Otago coast of New Zealand between Moeraki and Hampden. The Moeraki Boulders are a 30-minute drive south of Oamaru. Also visit Moeraki fishing village, and enjoy fish fresh from the sea at Fleur's Place Restaurant.
Oamaru Botanic Gardens
When the town was surveyed in 1858, 34 acres were set aside as a public reserve; Oamaru Gardens opened on this site in 1876 making it one of the oldest in the country. The gardens have an air of maturity greatly enhanced by the plantings along the Oamaru Creek which meanders along its length. Colourful annuals are bedded out on the sweeping lawns and an immaculate rose garden is a centrepiece. Chelmer Street, entrance from Severn Street.
The Forrester Gallery is situated in one of the most impressive buildings in the country, a 19th century neo-classical heritage building that is considered one of the most iconic of its kind. The collection inside, featuring an array of significant local works, is great to see as well. They also have a fascinating programme of visiting exhibitions which gives the public something new to appreciate for returning visits.