Oamaru (ah-ma-roo), a coastal town of New Zealand known for its Blue and Yellow-eyed penguin colonies, has a thriving arts scene in its Historic Precinct. Housed in 19th century buildings made from local whitestone, eclectic shops and galleries showcase printing, tile painting, stone carving, fabric arts and antiques. Among the store fronts, a supplier packs and exports bales of sheep’s wool — some of it Merino, the finest in the world. Around the corner, Steampunk culture is on display at the Steampunk HQ with a locomotive out front that sputters and smokes with the funky, retro vibe found throughout town. For culinary explorers, the NZ Malt Whiskey Company and Whitestone Cheese Factory & Cafe offer tours, tasting and treats.
There’s lots to do in Oamaru! See the penguins at dusk, find a memento of New Zealand and have a pint at Fat Sally’s or a savory pie from the bakery down the street.