Oamaru’s Victorian buildings

Oamaru is know for it’s very imposing Victorian architecture. The local limestone, known as Omarua stone, was widely used in the 1860’s when the area was rich in gold. The main street, appropriately named Thames Street, has been restored to its former glory. It was falling into decline but reinvented itself as a top tourist destination as the only Victorian town in New Zealand. The city fathers made good use of the stately old buildings renovating them and opening museums, art galleries, café and restaurants. One street has a number of craft and workshops to wander around.

Intricate details carved from the Oamaru stone on the buildings

Jack trying a penny farthing bike for size

Jack finds another bike, he is dwarfed by this one

We spent the morning looking around but realized we had only scratched the surface of this interesting and historical place. Time was really starting to press hard and with only 3 days before our flight left Christchurch we decided to move on, making a mental note that “next time” we will fly into Dunedin to explore as we will not have time to visit this time. So much to see, so little time left…

Now it is on to the Mackenzie country and Lake Tekapo. Hopefully Mount Cook will show us its face

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