North Otago is known for its rich wildlife and the huge Moeraki Boulders. A big attraction in the main centre of Oamaru is the native coastal wildlife, which includes yellow-eyed penguins, little blue penguins and fur seals. Take a stroll to discover Oamaru’s unique heritage buildings, made from the locally quarried whitestone, and at dusk, find a spot and watch the tiny blue penguins which come ashore to nest in the town.

To the South, the charming fishing village of Moeraki is home to one of North Otago’s most popular natural attractions – the Moeraki Boulders. These huge rounded boulders are thought to date back millions of years. Behind Moeraki, a road leads out to a yellow-eyed penguin sanctuary and a seal colony. There are plenty of outdoor adventures to enjoy in North Otago. See the region’s wonderful wildlife at Palmerston’s Tavora Nature Reserve, take a scenic flight at New Zealand’s gliding capital of Omarama, fish for trout and salmon at Kurow on the Waitaki River, or visit the historic Hampden lighthouse, which has been taking care of passing ships since 1878.

Official website: Visit Oamaru

Oamaru i-SITE Information Centre
1 Thames Street
Oamaru, New Zealand
Phone: +64-3-434 1656,
Fax: +64-3-434 1657