See & Do
Waitaki District is renowned for its magical scenery, open spaces and diverse landscapes.
Little Blue Penguins
The Blue Penguins are the smallest of the worlds penguin species. The Oamaru Blue Penguin colony features 2 state of the art viewing stand for evening viewing, visitor centre and boardwalk for day time tours.
The colony is the easiest place in New Zealand to view good numbers of penguins and is only a 5 minute drive from the park.
- entry fee applies
- large car parking
- TOP 10 discounts on tickets from holiday park
Victorian Oamaru and the Whitestone Architecture
Oamaru's colonial past is immortalised in its historic precinct. The buildings along both Harbour and Tyne Streets now house, restaurants, gift stores, a Victorian pub, German bakery, furniture maker, whiskey distillery, art gallery, traditional crafts, museum and markets.
Yellow Eyed Penguins
A very shy, rare penguin species can be viewed from nearby beaches via a Department of Conservation walking track. There is no charge.
- small parking area provided
- 10-15 minutes drive from Holiday Park
Penguins Crossing Tour
Join the twilight tour to the Yellow-Eyed Penguin colony followed by a tour at the renowned Oamaru Blue Penguin colony with informative commentary from the guides. Take in the town sights including Victorian precinct, lookout point and Opera house lighting show with local knowledgeable guides.
- Departure times seasonal
- Pickup/drop off from the holiday Park
- TOP 10 discounts apply
Oamaru Botanic Gardens
Renowned for its tranquil setting and attractive displays, officially opened in 1876, the Oamaru Gardens are among the oldest in New Zealand.
- Entry free of charge
- Entrance by walking bridge from the Holiday park
Whitestone Cheese factory
At the Whitestone Cheese factory there is a self guided viewing platform to view the cheese makers at work. Licensed cafe and factory shop enabling visitors to sample and purchase these award winning cheeses.
Penguins Entertainers Club
Oamaru's musical and cultural hot spot, licensed with regular Friday night open stage jam sessions.
Aquatic Centre - Indoor Pools
Great family fun for all ages, 5 min walk from Holiday park.
Arts & Crafts
Throughout the region you will find more than 50 creative people producing artworks & crafts objects, paintings, sculptures, jewellery, woodcrafts, fabric arts, stained glass and more!
Maori Art Work
A fascinating visual record of early indigenous presence that can be seen in a number of traditional rock drawing located in caves around Duntroon. These are said to be among the finest examples of Maori rock art in the country.
Located approximately 30 minutes west up the Waitaki Valley from Oamaru.
Considered the finest of their kind in the world. Situated approximately 40mins south of Oamaru.
The Waitaki River & surrounding lakes which offer salmon, rainbow & brown trout or sea fishing is a popular pastime with blue cod, whitebait,mussels,paua and crayfish readily available off the coast of Oamaru and Moeraki. Charters are available from experienced local guides.
Located at Duntroon, the centre gives an overview of the Waitaki geology with a specific focus on vanished life forms whose fossil records continue to be found in the area.
Approximately 30 min from the Holiday Park.
The birth place of New Zealand's frozen meat industry. Today its 4 stone buildings contain interactive displays, a theatre and unique memorabilia collection displaying the history of the estate.
Situated 30 minutes south of Oamaru
Authors & Artists
There are many famous authors and artists with a strong association with the Oamaru District like Janet Frame the author and Colin Wheeler for his large oil paintings. The Janet Frame home where she grew up is open for public viewing.
Restaurants and cafes
There is no need to go hungry in Oamaru. A vast array of dining options are available including standard kiwi tea rooms, takeaways right through to award winning restaurants and cafes serving local produce.
A wide range of sports clubs from rugby to rowing, playgrounds, sports grounds, croquet lawns, lawn tennis courts, and tennis hard courts, walkways, affordable golf courses, ten pin bowling, recreational centres, Aquatic centre, Cycleways, A20, Steampunk, libraries and a museum.
Festival & Events
Waitaki's event calendar starts in January with the Kurow Festival which includes the Kurow races.
June - Steampunk weekend and Oamaru On Fire.
Victorian Heritage Celebrations are held in November, possibly the Districts best known event. For a week participants transform into the Victorian era. Entertainment ranges from the world stone sawing championships, national penny farthing racing, authentic Victorian fete, moonlight promenades, tea parties and a grand ball.
Stone Carving Symposium is held every second year at Takora Park. Residents and visiting sculptors spend a week crafting their works from the local Oamaru Stone. The resulting efforts are sold by auction.
In Autumn Totara Estate celebrates a successful harvest, paying homage to North Otago's agricultural past. Festivities include a swaggers race to the top of the Brydone Monument, penny farthing, horse and wagon rides, traditional games and roving minstrels.
November is the Danseys Pass Trail Ride. The country's biggest one day trail bike ride. A fun day out for families.