Category Archives: new zealand

So Much is New in Oamaru!

It has been ages since my last post–for which I can only offer humble apologies!–but there has been a lot going on in what has been, for us at least, the busiest tourist season in years. So, what’s new? Let’s … Continue reading

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First Annual Great North Otago Potato Race

On 8 October the Waitaki Tourism Association held the first annual Great North Otago Potato Race, a fun family-friendly event that celebrates one of the area’s most iconic agricultural products, the humble potato. A total of four races were held, … Continue reading

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Oamaru’s Pen-y-bryn Lodge on TV

The popular hour-long Kiwi Living programme, hosted by Miriama Kamo, featured Oamaru’s luxury lodge, Pen-y-bryn, on last night’s episode. The show airs on TV One each Tuesday at 7:30pm, and showcases people, places and foods from around New Zealand. In the segment … Continue reading

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Oamaru Recognised as Steampunk Capital

During this past autumn’s annual Steampunk Festival (to take place again in 2017 during 1-5 June) the celebrants decided to try for a Guinness World Record–most Steampunks gathered in a single place. The attempt was very popular, with many dozens … Continue reading

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A New Way to Experience Oamaru!

As a coastal community, Oamaru has amazing views of the beautiful Pacific Ocean from many corners of the town, and the sight of the ever-changing colours of the water is something that many visitors remember long after their visit has … Continue reading

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Explore Waitaki App Released!

Oamaru is located in the Waitaki District, an enormous region that stretches from the southern boundary of Canterbury (home to Christchurch and Kaikoura) to the northern boundary of Dunedin, and from the Pacific Coast deep into the Southern Alps. With such … Continue reading

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Pen-y-bryn Lodge’s 2014 Gingerbread House Revealed

  Every year since 1997, James Boussy and James Glucksman of Oamaru’s luxury Pen-y-bryn Lodge have created a gingerbread house as part of their Christmas decorations. From a simple house-shaped version in that first year, the pair quickly progressed to … Continue reading

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