Nest Tree Houses

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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.

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.

Jessica Flora + In Good Company

Colourful dresses and jumpsuits on a mannequin and on floating clothes racks.
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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.

Hyde Boutique

A woman wearing a pink and yellow vest sorting through a clothes rack inside Hyde Boutique Oamaru.
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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.

The Old Confectionery

A bed dressed green and yellow in pillows and duvet cover inside The Old Confectionery Oamaru.
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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...

Buggyrobot Gallery

Robots and works of art on display on a table inside Buggyrobot Gallery Oamaru.
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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.

Del Mar

The wood interior of Del Mar with hanging plants from the celling.
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Perfectly positioned by the sea, Del Mar Eatery and Beach Bar in Ōamaru takes full advantage of its waterside views.

Victoria Lounge and Eatery

Plush blue seating set against a dark green wall filled with portraits of queens
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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.

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.

The Vicarage

Jacqui standing at the entrance to her B&B.
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Enjoy a slice of Ōamaru's history alongside impeccable service and hospitality at The Vicarage.

Casa Nova House & Restaurant 1861

A cat standing in front of the white stone exterior of Casa Nova House in Oamaru.
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Casa Nova House is a perfect example of Ōamaru’s historic architecture turning a new page in its storied history.

Bangkok Recipe

A close up of a plate of Thai food on a table at Bangkok Recipe Oamaru.
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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.

Oásis Ōamaru

A dragon painting on a wall at Oasis Oamaru.
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Oásis is a fitting name for this treasure trove of an antiques store found on Tees Street in Ōamaru.

Soul, Surf and Skate

A close up of pink clothes and a wet suit on hangers inside 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

Looking over the shoulder of a person eating a meal with a knife and fork.
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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

Display of clothes on racks at William Bee in Ōamaru.
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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.

Whitestone Cheese Co.

Whitestone Cheese tasting platter in Ōamaru.
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Whitestone Cheese opened its doors in 1987 in an old Ōamaru mechanic shop with one part-time cheesemaker. All these years on and the business produces 25 different kinds of cheese with a team of 75 strong.

Valley Views Glamping

A bedroom set inside a Glamping pod with a wooden panelled floor.
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Glamping with sweeping views of the Waitaki Valley, and hosts who know its every nook and cranny including the best summer swimming holes. Honeymoon, stay-cation, reunion, whatever the occasion, it’ll be best had here.

The FishWife

Wooden board with three cooked lobster on top at the FishWife in Moeraki.
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Owned by a fourth-generation Moeraki fisherman, this dockside restaurant is the real deal. Snag a crayfish with chips for a meal that’s simple but supremely delicious, or go for the pāua patty which will have you renouncing beef burgers altogether. Whatever you go for, it’s all caught right here.

Tees St

The interior of the Tees St cafe with plants hanging from shelves and the celling.
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Cucina’s day time counterpart with colourful, tasty brunch plates. The huevos rancheros have been winning ‘big brekkie’ traditionalists over since 2016 and the bombolino doughnuts are the mid-day treat you deserve.

Steampunk HQ

Steampunk train coming off the tracks at the Steampunk HQ in Ōamaru.
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This epicentre of Steampunk culture comes alive at the Steampunk HQ, where interactive art comes to life in a way that’s fun, antique and futuristic all at once.

The Terraces

Old artifacts on a dresser and land yacht at The Terraces with table in foreground in Ōamaru.
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Local Kevin Murdoch restored The Terraces building and filled it with historical relics and an art studio. Pop in for a chat with Kevin and the other Ōamaru artist in residence, Al Bell - this is something of an alternative visitors’ centre.

Poshtel

View of bedroom at Poshtel accommodation in Ōamaru.
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Poshtel has to be one of the most unique accommodation options around New Zealand. In keeping with one of Ōamaru's most notable personality traits, Steampunk, it’s filled with antiques and relics.

Harbour Street Bakery

Fresh bread lined up on bakery shelves at Deja Moo & Harbour Street Bakery in Ōamaru.
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Visit Harbour Street Bakery in Ōamaru for a delicious range of bread, buns, pies, cookies and other goodies. Whatever you choose, you’re in for a treat.

Inc. Design

Wide angle interior view of Inc. Design in Ōamaru.
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Not just a shop, gallery or studio but some combination of all three, Ōamaru’s Inc. Design is an experience in and of itself.

River-T Estate Wines

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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.

Hot Tubs Omarama

View of hot tub outside at Hot Tubs Omarama.
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Weary travellers mustn't miss Hot Tubs Omarama place, where you can soak in a cedar tub in the stunning North Otago landscape. Tubs fit up to eight people and are filled with fresh mountain water for each booking.

The Fort Enfield

Local patron raising a drink at The Fort Enfield in 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.

Elephant Rocks

View of Elephant Rocks in the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark.
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For a nice walk, a bit of bouldering or both, head to Elephant Rocks. Sculpted by wind and rain, these funky outcrops give visitors a glimpse of the limestone that make the Waitaki Valley’s terroir so unique.

Grainstore Gallery

Close up of Donna Demente painting at Grainstone Gallery in Ōamaru.
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Not quite a gallery or a studio, Grainstore Gallery is an emporium of local artist Donna Demente’s larger than life paintings and sculptures and the ephemera that informs them. Climb up the stairs and be immersed in her creative world.

Hub and Sprocket Cycles

Side view of a man holding a bike tyreat Cycle Ventures in Waitaki.
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Possibly our most bikeable region, the Waitaki is home to plenty of rugged scenery and flat to not-so-flat cycleways. Get your gear sorted and check out the tours that range from day trips to the full A2O at Hub and Sprocket Cycles.

Craftwork Brewery

A brown suede couch in front of an old fire place decorated with books and plants.
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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.

Crafted

The top of shelves covered in ceramics at CRAFTED in Waitaki.
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It’s hard not to be inspired by Ōamaru’s rugged coastline and fabled history. The town is home to many talented makers and artists, and at the collective gallery you can explore their work at your own pace.

Badger & Mackerel

The interior view looking down the whole of the Badger & Mackerel cafe with green hanging plants.
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Badger & Mackerel Messhall is an Ōamaru hub for great food, excellent service and a refreshing mix of big brekkie classics and modern brunch plates.

Blue Penguin Colony

Blue penguin colony at dusk in Ōamaru.
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Ōamaru is home to one of the most up close and personal wildlife encounters we’ve found here in Aotearoa. Plan to visit the Ōamaru Blue Penguin Colony one evening during your stay, and you’ll soon see what we mean.

Riverstone Kitchen

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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.