Blue PenguinHugging the shoreline of Friendly Bay, the coastal Otago town of Oamaru is known for its stately historic buildings, crafted in the locally quarried creamy-white Oamaru stone. The town's original business district is now preserved in the Harbour-Tyne Street Precinct and walking tours leave from the Visitor Centre at the corner of Thames and Itchen Streets. A big attraction for visitors is the wonderful coastal Moeraki Boulderswildlife, which includes native yellow-eyed penguins, little blue penguins and fur seals. A colony of the world's smallest penguin, the little blue penguin, nests around Oamaru Harbour from September to February, and there is also a penguin hide at nearby Bushy Beach. Oamaru's annual heritage celebrations take place in late November and feature the town's famous penny-farthing races

Geographic Location

Located on the shoreline of Friendly Bay, 116km north-east of Dunedin

Population

12,600

Climate

Continental climate

Annual temperature range
8 - 20°C