Discover Waitaki & Oamaru

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Where to find us

Oamaru is located only 90 minutes north of Dunedin, or 1hr 45 minutes from Dunedin Airport. From Christchurch it’s an easy 3 hours’ drive.

Scenic Highlights

The Waitaki District is an unspoilt, untouched paradise with some of the best scenery in New Zealand, showcasing picturesque mountains, lakes, valleys, farmland and sea shores. The vibrant town of Oamaru is the hub of this region. It boasts gracious Victorian architecture, an historic precinct, penguin colonies, steampunk installations and excellent cuisine.
What’s on

Wine & Food Festival

Harbour Street Jazz and Outside Arts Festival

Steampunk Festival

Victorian Heritage Celebrations

Conference Venues & Facilities

If you want to ensure your conference is memorable for all the right reasons, then you simply cannot go past Oamaru! With a community of passionate, professional and talented people, Oamaru will offer delegates experiences, activities and venues which simply cannot be matched elsewhere.


Excellent accommodation for 300+ delegates! From the centrally located Brydone Hotel, to Pen-y-Bryn Lodge, one of New Zealand’s premiere heritage luxury lodges, there are a variety of accommodation options in Oamaru to suit all conference requirements

Unforgettable Experiences

Oamaru is a gorgeous harbour town that showcases the best collection of 19th century architecture in New Zealand. Alongside its Victorian heritage, Oamaru is the Steampunk capital of New Zealand, boasts two penguin colonies, ancient boulders, four golf courses, Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, unique shopping experiences, art galleries, a craft brewery and award winning Whitestone Cheese and wines from the Waitaki Valley. We are also home to two remarkable and internationally-renowned restaurants – Riverstone Kitchen and Fleur’s Place.