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Dress up never looked so good. Parties for grown ups and laughter for families as you spend a long weekend celebrating Oamaru’s heritage anniversary. Victorian buildings are the backdrop for a festival showcasing the era of penny farthings, garden design and romantic poetry.

Come and join the Oamaru Victorian Celebrations where we celebrate all things Victorian! Locals and visitors enjoy a range of events throughout the week including historical talks, dances, garden parties and penny farthing races. Oamaru is full of grand Victorian architecture, traditional rural buildings and beautiful gardens making it the perfect location to explore the Victorian era and celebrate our ancestors.

Cheese Factory Visit 

Take a cheese factory tour to see how the good stuff is made or relax in the cafe and sample their creamy and delicious cheese platters. You will get to experience a cheese tasting, informative talk and guided tour of our factory through ou­­­­r viewing galleries, plus walk away with a goody bag sample.

Oamaru Steam and Rail

Take a journey back in time, and enjoy train travel the way it used to be, with Oamaru Steam and Rail. After leaving the Station, you travel through the Historic Precinct, past some of Oamaru's oldest buildings and then through the old railway yard, and past the site of Oamaru's first Railway Station. The train then runs along the bottom of clay cliffs, beside Oamaru's Victorian Harbour.

Vanished World Duntroon

Explore the Vanished World Trail with more than 20 locations of geological interest, rock formations and fossils on a self guided tour. Info boards relay the history of this amazing area. Dig your own fossils from blocks at the Centre!

Steampunk HQ

Steampunk HQ has infiltrated the "Grain Elevator". An 1883 Oamaru stone building, located at the entrance of Oamaru's Victorian Precinct. Steampunk HQ promotes sustainability and recycling; it features an interesting collection of retro-futuristic sci-fi art, movies, sculpture and sound.

Blacksmith Course/Workshop - 2 hours

This amazing Blacksmith Shop has been classified as a Category One historic building by Heritage New Zealand. The building stands in the small rural town of DUNTROON, which is located along the Waitaki River.

Welcome to Whitestone CIty

Travel back in time and come explore, play, learn more about Oamaru's history and live a real Victorian experience!

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Steampunk HQ Entry Fee
  • Vintage Train Ride
  • Whitestone City Entry Fee
  • Tax included
  • Transportation to and from Oamaru
  • Travel/health insurance (highly recommended, please contact us for a quote)
  • Sightseeing / activities not listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as room service, internet charge, laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc
  • Optional day tours during free time
  • Entry visa if needed
  • Pricing Name
    Group (Min-Max)
  • Pricing Name Tour base price
    Start Monday March 1, 2021
    End Monday March 1, 2021
    2 - 10 Pax
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    Oamaru has some beautiful old buildings in its Victorian Precinct and it is worth spending time just having a wander and admiring the historic heritage on offer. The Precinct has many cafes and shops throughout – unfortunately we were there at a quiet time of year, and early in the week, and a number of them were not open.

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