Top things to do

Top Choice Live Music in Oamaru

Penguin Club

Tucked down an atmospheric alley off a 19th-century street, the Penguin’s unusual location matches its acts: everything from touring Kiwi bands to punky/grungy/rocky/country locals.
Top Choice Modern NZ in Oamaru

Riverstone Kitchen

A riverstone fireplace and polished concrete floors set the scene for a menu that's modern without being overworked. Much of the produce is from the extensive on-site kitchen gardens (take a look, they're impressive…
Top Choice Bird Sanctuary in Oamaru

Blue Penguin Colony

Every evening the little tykes from the Oamaru little-penguin colony surf in and wade ashore, heading to their nests in an old stone quarry near the waterfront. Stands are set up on either side of the waddle route. …
Top Choice Area in Oamaru

Victorian Precinct

Consisting of only a couple of blocks centred on Harbour and Tyne Sts, this atmospheric enclave has some of NZ’s best-preserved Victorian commercial buildings. Descend on a dark and foggy night and it's downright Di…
Gallery in Oamaru

Forrester Gallery

Housed in a temple-like former bank building, the Forrester Gallery has an excellent collection of regional and NZ art. It's a good place to see works by Colin McCahon, one of NZ's most significant modern artists.
Museum in Oamaru

North Otago Museum

Behind its classical facade, the North Otago Museum has exhibits on Māori and Pākehā history, local writer Janet Frame, architecture and geology.
Cafe in Oamaru


Steam specialises in coffees and fruit juices, and it's a good spot to stock up on freshly ground beans for your own travels. Aside from crêpes, the food is mainly limited to what you see on the counter: freshly bak…
Deli in Oamaru

Whitestone Cheese Factory

The home of award-winning artisan cheeses, Whitestone is a local culinary institution and the little factory-door cafe is a fine place to challenge one's arteries. Food is limited to the likes of cheese scones, chee…
Pub in Oamaru

Fat Sally's

The fat lady is popular with locals, especially early in the evening when they’re often tucking into a substantial pub meal. Come along on a Wednesday night for the rollicking pub quiz. There's often live music on S…
Gardens in Oamaru

Oamaru Public Gardens

Opened in 1876, these beautiful gardens are a lovely place to chill out on a hot day, with expansive lawns, waterways, bridges and a children’s playground.