Oamaru's Victorian Precinct

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Oamaru's Victorian Precinct

Oamaru's Victorian Precinct
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Visit and explore Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct and experience what this architecturally stunning and unique area has to offer. Explore and enjoy a number of great attractions and activities including galleries, craft, antique and book stores, as well as eateries and bars serving up some delicious food, fine wine, craft beer and world-class whisky. Come along and join in the fun of Victorian Oamaru.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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JanLoads
Wellington, New Zealand33 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Absolutely loved this area of Oamaru. There were so many creative, quirky and downright gorgeous things to look at! Thoroughly recommend you spend a few hours exploring
Written 7 January 2022
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cpcog
Wellington, New Zealand1,325 contributions
Dec 2021
Oamaru's Victorian Precinct is a gem when people travel between Christchurch and Queenstown. Not many people would visit Oamaru but I think people should spend a day to explore Victorian Precinct! you will feel how people live in Victorian period in NZ. The atmosphere is lovely and nice. Love it!
Written 6 January 2022
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Bruce M
Dunedin, New Zealand740 contributions
Aug 2021
Wortha wander. Theres generally something to see here. Een if things are closed there things to see.
Written 27 August 2021
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KiwiKerry53
Wellington, New Zealand4,401 contributions
Jul 2021
A row of lovely old buildings, but small and not a lot happening, even during the day. I suspect the lack of tourism and the winter months have impacted here.
These places are always on the "must" list, just in small town New Zealand in the Covid era.
Written 26 August 2021
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Jane
11 contributions
Sep 2020
Nice buildings, and good to see an precinct like this preserved. but not much to do in evening in area. The preservation made it a bit museum like, very quiet, would have been good to see some more life here.
Written 13 August 2021
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gtlegacy2015
Wellington, New Zealand208 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Limited to to have a quick view, will have to come back one day for a more leisurely view.

Well preserved range of buildings.
Written 30 June 2021
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808cojo
Nelson, New Zealand74 contributions
May 2021
Not only is this lovely by day....so and walk through at night! Full of eerie atmosphere. Would love to spend more time browsing the interesting shops.
Written 8 May 2021
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Fenchurch40
Christchurch, New Zealand68 contributions
Apr 2021
Really enjoyed strolling by the old places near the Steampunk HQ. Interesting and eclectic mix of shops, museum, art gallery, penguins... definitely worth stopping here for a stroll and some lunch. We plan to spend a few days here in future over Steampunk weekend.
Written 24 April 2021
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Grant N
Hastings, New Zealand1,241 contributions
Apr 2021
Great to look at - the history behind it all is very interesting (and can be fully discovered in the short film at the I-Site) - I can see it all becoming more and more used to greater effect over the years. Anywhere else these buildings would have been pulled down for some concrete and glass monstrosity - so well done Oamaru for keeping history alive and well.
Written 21 April 2021
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kris7676
Auckland, New Zealand73 contributions
Apr 2021
We had such a lovely couple of days just wandering the streets of the Victorian precinct, soaking up the architecture and vibe, checking out the shops and galleries and taking so many photos. The walk out to the end of the port was great too. It really did feel like being in small European town. Nothing else like this in New Zealand. A good fix for those who are missing overseas travel! The local artists and business owners really get in the spirit of the Victoriana/steam punk theme and there is a lot of talent there. Would love to come back for the steampunk festival and/or Victorian heritage festival and to spend some more time exploring the second hand/vintage clothes stores.

We've been to a few ghosts tours around Europe and I would have loved to have done one in this part of Oamaru - true stories/history or steam punk science fiction, either would be so much fun.

Things seem to be lively between 10am and 4pm and quiet outside of this (while we were there anyway so if you want to get some photos without random strangers in them, morning or evenings are a great time.
Written 5 April 2021
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  • Sun - Sat 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM