We scoured the region to find Ōamaru's best bars. Discover them with our Neat Places guide.

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
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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
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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.

The Fort Enfield

Local patron raising a drink at The Fort Enfield in Waitaki.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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A classic Kiwi pub reimagined — Speights and craft pours plus simple and delicious kai — pub fare as it should be. Drive or bike the 12km from Ōamaru and reward yourself with the best steak and chips around.

Craftwork Brewery

Drinks and cheese board on a table at Craftwork Brewery in Ōamaru.
Place Ōamaru & Waitaki
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Ōamaru’s Heritage Precinct is an ode to tradition. In this way it only makes sense that it’s home to Craftwork - an award winning, small scale, Belgian brewery run by brewing couple, Lee-Ann Scotti and Michael O’Brien.