In late May, Pen-y-bryn Lodge hosted Aleksandr Grek and Andrei Kamenev, the Editor-in-Chief and Chief Photographer, respectively, of the Russian editions of National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler, two of the most esteemed magazines in the world. During their short visit to Oamaru, they not only shot some awe-inspiring images of Yellow-Eyed Penguins and Kakapos, but also happened to be in town at the same time as the Oamaru Steampunk Festival. They were interviewed recently, and commented that while they thoroughly enjoyed their New Zealand visit, and plan several features about the country in upcoming editions, Oamaru was one place that they considered to be “unique in the world” and worthy of a special return visit.
Visitors to Oamaru are often surprised by the variety of things available to see and do in the area, and frequently say that “if we had known there was this much, we’d have stayed longer”. Well, thanks to this visit by these journalists, and others, the “secret” of Oamaru seems about to be revealed to the world at last!