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Best things to do in Oamaru

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Brewery
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“Cool to have the brewery right behind you when you are enjoying their beer and yummy pizzas.”
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Establishment
“A great spot to see the penguins come in each evening. There is a fee to enter but you do get up close to them and it is great to watch. For another (Free) option you can check out the South Hill Walk and watch penguins and seals from the clifftop lookout.”
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Establishment
“Has won Best Restaurant in NZ, Most amazing gardens, with playground, a castle next to it and plenty of quirky shops. Fantastic food, breakfast, lunch, dinner and cakes galore. Sound proof glass walled child's play room :)”
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Restaurant
“Rustic restaurant serving locally sourced, market-fresh seafood & wine in a waterside setting at the old jetty. Hours: Wed-Sun 10AM to 9PM. Phone: 03 4394480. Take a breath absorb the sea air and relax. The most delicious menu of fresh seafood in Otago. Family friendly with helpful and professional service. You will need to pre-book especially on holiday weekends.”
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Café
“World famous and you need to see them, fascinating natural formation and great walk along the beach”
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Bar
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“Great food in a more casual pub style setting. Very good value and Fat Sally's is well known for its incredible food. They are also called upon to cater for commercial events they are so good. Try the chicken salad or the seafood Chowder - Both are amazing”
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“Steampunk HQ is an art collaboration and gallery. Steampunk is a quirky and fun genre of science fiction that features steam powered technology, it features an interesting collection of retro-futuristic sci-fi art, movies, sculpture and sound.”
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Park
“Visit Jimmy the Parrot in the aviary and say hello if he is in a good mood he will say hi back or ask you what you are doing. We have a great kids playground with paddle pool and picnic areas with BBQ's.”
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Restaurant
“Portside Restaurant takes in the views of Oamaru Harbour and the Pacific ocean. Sit outside on the deck and enjoy the sunshine, or inside and watch a moody storm in all it’s glory Open 11am to 9 pm daily. Closed Wednesdays. Dine all day The doors are open from 11am till late at Portside (closed Wednesday) so come down and relax anytime of day with friends or for a bit of me time. Lunch There is plenty on offer with our lunch menu (10:30am till 2:30pm) from a light snack, finger foods, platters to share, or the best locally sourced dishes. Dinner The Dinner menu starts at 5:30pm and is filled with choices to fully satisfy your appetite and palette. ”
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Grocery or Supermarket
“Your nearest Grocery Store - general groceries, fruit, veges, meat - also has a very good NZ wine selection”
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“You can get a tour of local Whitestone cheese factory and some wine and cheese tastings. ”
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Restaurant
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“One of the best steaks I have ever eaten!! Great service, wonderful ambience, great wine list and delicious local cheese. ”
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Café
“Being someone who loves and drinks coffee to function, Tees Street not only have the best coffee (supreme) but has excellent food to match. The atmosphere is intimate and has a great feel.”
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“A variety of shows, always changing so best to check what's on during your stay. "The Oamaru Opera House is an intimate & thoroughly unique New Zealand venue, community owned, bringing you the latest in entertainment from around the globe"”
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“My Favourite Restaurant in Oamaru ! , Locally caught Blue Cod is my pick and seafood chowder the best , generous hearty local fare , the meals are made with love .and served with a smile :-) ”
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Pub
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“3 Tyne Street, Oamaru 03-434 6247 Built in 1877, in the heart of the Victorian precinct, fully renovated. Soak up the atmosphere in the bar, with live music, great food, friendly service and enjoy the company of others. Or stay a night in the restored hotel accommodation – the Criterion can cater to everyone! ”
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