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 including two remarkable and internationally renowned restaurants – Riverstone Kitchen and Fleur’s Place.

What’s on

March
Harbour Street Jazz Festival

June
Oamaru Fire & Steam and Steampunk Festival

November

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.

Accommodation

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

There is no shortage of engaging activities in the Waitaki District, from the famous Moeraki Boulders and Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail to snow sports at Ohau Snow Fields. Visitors can also immerse themselves in a living, breathing past at Whitestone City – Oamaru’s newest attraction! Add to these a blissful soak in Omarama’s Hot Tubs, wine tastings at the award winning Waitaki Valley Vineyards, and a delightful encounter with the world’s smallest penguins at the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony all create lasting memories when visiting the beautiful Waitaki District.