The new Lonely Planet guide to New Zealand has recently been released, and it includes extensive updates and revisions that bring the book up to date for today’s visitors. This 16th edition of this travellers’ bible includes several things of interest to visitors to the South Island, including updates to the Christchurch section, taking into account the numerous changes that the earthquakes have wrought, and a significant increase in coverage of Oamaru and the Waitaki District, with a full nine pages devoted to this newly discovered tourist attraction.
The Lonely Planet guides have long had a section about Oamaru’s blue penguin colony, which has drawn visitors here for decades, but there is now also extensive coverage of the Victorian Historic Precinct, the wineries of the Waitaki Valley, and beloved Kiwi writer Janet Frame’s house. In addition, they have updated the information about lodgings in the area, including reference to the numerous upgrades at historic Pen-y-bryn Lodge.
On top of all that, Oamaru’s own Steampunk HQ is featured in the book’s What’s New section, describing it as a quirky combination of Victoriana and science fiction.
Pick up a copy of the new guide and be sure to include Oamaru in your itinerary when you come to our beautiful country!