Welcome to Oamaru
Down by the water, a neighbourhood of once-neglected Victorian buildings now swarms with oddballs, antiquarians and bohemians of all stripes, who run offbeat galleries, quirky shops, hip music venues and even an 'urban winery'. Most visible are the steampunks, their aesthetic boldly celebrating the past and the future with an ethos of 'tomorrow as it used to be'.
Away from the docks, Oamaru's whitestone buildings harbour an increasing array of cafes and bars, while up on the clifftops a few excellent accommodation options have taken hold. You may find yourself lingering longer than expected in this laid-back coastal town.