Close up of a heritage building in Oamaru.

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

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Ōamaru City Itinerary

The exterior of Cucina building in Oamaru.
Your guide to the best things to see, eat, & do

Best Off-The-Beaten-Path Honeymoon Destinations In New Zealand

Skyscape accommodation in Twizel.
Akaroa

Kick-start your marriage with five-star memories.

Fill Your Cup At 8 Of The Best Wellness Retreats In New Zealand

Cabin with stunning view of lake at Aro Hā, Glenorchy.
Akaroa

Banish busyness in favour of an escape that will nourish your mind, body and soul.

Shop Feel-Good Fits With 11 Sustainable NZ Clothing Brands

Woman wearing gingham hat and dress from Mina.
Auckland

This is feel-good clothing in more than one way.

Cure Weekend Brunching with 6 of the Best Cafés in Ōamaru

Birdseye view of brunch from Tees Street.
Ōamaru & Waitaki

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

Where to get Down with Donuts

A tray of doughnuts from Baked.
Auckland

Doughnuts or donuts--who really cares? We've rounded up the best doughy deliciousness you can find in NZ.

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.

Mahinga Kai in Moeraki

Fleur in her restaurant.
Ōamaru & Waitaki
After a few years of amateur foraging, I was giddy to meet Fleur Sullivan of Fleurs Place, a Moeraki restaurant I’d imagined many times in my head.

Slow but Spontaneous: Exponential Brewing

Lee-Ann Scotti and Michael O’Brien looking to camera.
Ōamaru & Waitaki
Lee-Ann Scotti and Michael O’Brien form two equal halves of Craftwork's brewing team that’s a partnership in every sense of the phrase.

Get your Pocket Guide for Ōamaru & Waitaki

Front and back cover of the Oamaru pocket guide.
The Waitaki region has it all - the ocean, mountains, bike paths, walking tracks, great food, and award-winning wine.

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The Vintners Drop

Close up of wine and a couple of books kept in a safe at Vinters Drop in Kurow, Waitaki.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki

Nestled on the main street of Kurow in what was once the local post office building, Vintners Drop is the cellar door of boutique winery Ostler Vineyards.

River-T Estate Wines

3 wine bottles on top of a wine barrel River-T Estate in Kurow.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki

River-T Estate vineyard and tasting room has the ‘largest selection of Waitaki wine in the world’. Sit inside or amongst the rows, sip a glass and get stuck into any of their locally sourced platters.

Restaurants View all

Cucina

Birdseye view of people sharing plates of food at Cucina in Ōamaru.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki

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.

Fleurs Place

Framed pictures on the wall at Fleurs Place in Moeraki.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki

A foodie destination in its own right, Fleurs is a place to ‘rest by day’. It’s an exploration of ingredients normally overlooked, a celebration of kaimoana and a restaurant where every meal is magical.

Riverstone Kitchen

Bevan Smith in the gardens at Riverstone Kitchen in Waitaki.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki

Riverstone Kitchen has been working with Waitaki producers and growing their own ingredients since day one. Their simple, seasonal approach has earned a huge following and heaps of awards, so wander the veggie gardens, enjoy a meal and stay awhile.