Category Archives: Scifi

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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Steampunk Festival Hits Oamaru

The Queen’s Birthday Weekend is the unofficial beginning of winter in New Zealand, but in Oamaru it is also the official Steampunk Festival weekend, when this historic and beautiful town becomes the destination for hundreds of outlandishly dressed people from all over … Continue reading

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Oamaru on Fire Sets Town Alight

For the third year running, the Queen’s Birthday weekend in Oamaru kicked off with a bang with the Oamaru on Fire festival. This nighttime event takes place in the historic centre of Oamaru on Harbour Street, with all sorts of … Continue reading

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Haunted Oamaru

It’s Halloween in Oamaru and the ghosts are out! While the storied streets and buildings of Oamaru are peaceful and calm most days and nights, on this night the town’s many spirits come alive and make their presence felt once … Continue reading

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#gigatownoam

A few years ago, the town of Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the US was known for being included in the famous “Chattanooga Choo Choo” song and for having the worst pollution in the United States. It was not a town that … Continue reading

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Oamaru’s Time Traveller’s Experience is Open!

For the last several weeks, there has been a hive of activity upstairs in the Woolstore Gallery on Tyne Street in Oamaru’s Historic Precinct. The results of all this work are now on view for all to see, and it’s … Continue reading

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Oamaru Wows TVNZ

The TVNZ nightly news programme Seven Sharp awarded Oamaru the distinction of being New Zealand’s sharpest town last month, and in recognition of that honour today they broadcast from Oamaru’s historic precinct. The show ended up being a great summary of … Continue reading

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