Image of historic Oamaru ; copyright Waitaki District Council.

Oamaru’s remarkably intact and distinctive streetscapes were largely built within the space of 30 years. This atmospheric setting tells the story of Victorian hopes and dreams during the boom years of the late 19th century. There remains a strong sense of its former role as the majestic colonial outpost that played a key part in Otago’s industrial and agricultural heritage. Visitors can walk in and around the ornate and well-preserved buildings that housed merchant and engineering enterprises, grain stores and banks.  A destination not just for tourists wanting to look and wander through, but also for those wanting more. Victorian wardrobe hire allows people to deepen the sense of stepping back in time, alongside newer steampunk enthusiasts who come already dressed for the part. Local groups protect, use, and promote this unique town whose harbour provided a transport link with Britain for many years: for pioneers, goldminers, and the burgeoning wool, grain, and frozen meat trade.

Related links

Tourism Waitaki - Explore Oamaru

Victorian Oamaru

NZHistory - Oamaru

Otago Daily Times - Victorian precinct recognised as national heritage landmark

Oamaru Mail - Victorian precinct now an Otago landmark


Updated on 6th April 2018