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Discover the neatest places to eat, drink, shop and more in Ōamaru Waitaki.

The Waitaki region has it all - the ocean, mountains, bike paths, walking tracks, great food, and award-winning wine.

With so much to do, see, and try it’s crucial to plan ahead and make the most of your time in the Waitaki region. While you won't be able to fit every local gem into just 24 hours, we reckon some time is better than none, and this guide will take you through the best bits.

You’ll jump into the region in Ōamaru where you’ll find plenty of history, folklore, Victorian Architecture, and local food and drink. From there, you’ll head south to Moeraki for a restful afternoon and then through to Duntroon to explore Waitaki's geologic landscape.

You’ll end the day with some glamping, begin day two with a trip to Kurow for a wine tasting and a walk, and finally wrap up with a soak in an outdoor cedar tub at Hot Tubs Omarama.

12 Hours Ōamaru

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Your Guide to Arts and Inspiring Places in Ōamaru

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Ōamaru & Waitaki

Read on for your guide to exploring areas of art and inspiration in Ōamaru - a kaleidoscope experience of remarkable places and celebrated burgeoning local creatives, where being different is absolutely encouraged.

The Unique Taste of Ōamaru: Food and Drink Heroes of the Waitaki Region

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Ōamaru & Waitaki

With a focus on sustainable and ethical production, Ōamaru's food and drink heroes are passionate about producing exceptional artisan products by harnessing the unique richness of their geographical location.

Cure Weekend Brunching with the Best Cafés in Ōamaru

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Ōamaru & Waitaki

If you catch yourself in Ōamaru in some form of the morning, here are the spots to hit up for your brunch needs.

Three Kids, Three Restaurants and a Whole Lot of Heart

Yanina and Pablo Tacchini in their restaurant.
Ōamaru & Waitaki
While they’re originally from Argentina, Yanina and Pablo Tacchini are some of Oamaru’s biggest fans and most genuine ambassadors.

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Nest Tree Houses

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Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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The Hakataramea Valley is a slice of rural South Canterbury heaven, with picture-perfect landscapes, incredible views and nature all around.

Hyde Boutique

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Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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Retail therapy doesn’t get any better in Ōamaru than Hyde Boutique, a high-end designer fashion destination situated on the town’s busy Thames Street.

Jessica Flora + In Good Company

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Jessica Flora is a local Waitaki label that specialises in made-to-order clothing and celebrates Mother Earth. Find this brand and others at In Good Company.

Bruce's Barber

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Located in the heart of the Thames Street shopping district in Ōamaru is the ultimate gentlemen’s grooming experience, Bruce’s Barber.

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Discover the neatest places to eat, drink, shop and more in Ōamaru Waitaki.

Buggyrobot Gallery

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Buggyrobot Gallery is a quirky gallery and workshop found in the heart of Ōamaru’s Victorian Precinct, and it’s a must-visit.

The Old Confectionery

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Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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In recent years, the town of Ōamaru has seen many historic buildings giving new life thanks to restorations to preserve the unique architecture that contributes so much...

Victoria Lounge and Eatery

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Victoria Lounge and Eatery in the heart of Ōamaru is a welcome addition to the burgeoning hospitality scene in this small town brimming with charm and character.

Del Mar

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Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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Perfectly positioned by the sea, Del Mar Eatery and Beach Bar in Ōamaru takes full advantage of its waterside views.

The Vicarage

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Enjoy a slice of Ōamaru's history alongside impeccable service and hospitality at The Vicarage.

Bangkok Recipe

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On the hunt for authentic and traditional Thai food in the heart of Ōamaru, then look no further than Bangkok Recipe.

The Criterion Hotel

Exterior view of The Criterion Hotel in Ōamaru.
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First established in 1877, the Criterion Hotel Bar and Eatery is the jewel in the crown in the historic Victorian precinct in Ōamaru.

Casa Nova House & Restaurant 1861

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Casa Nova House is a perfect example of Ōamaru’s historic architecture turning a new page in its storied history.

Soul, Surf and Skate

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Ōamaru’s one-and-only surf and skate shop, Soul Surf & Skate, is located in the heart of the town’s retail district on Thames Street.

Housekeepers Design

Interior view of the shop at Housekeepers Design in Ōamaru.
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A beautiful old building full of beautiful new objects. We’re talking New Zealand-made clothing, accessories and homewares that’ll delight even the most discerning of buyers. Do your gift shopping or treat yourself.

Cucina

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Argentinian, Italian and Spanish flavours meet Kiwi hospitality at Cucina. Owners Yanina and Pablo, moved their family to Ōamaru in 2008, and celebrate the cuisine they grew up with through Waitaki's best ingredients.

William Bee

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A general store since the 1800s, this cosy Ōamaru corner shop is now home to hip baby wear, cool gifts and New Zealand outerwear brand, Moké. Lush fabrics and excellent craftsmanship tie the whole concept together.