Oamaru is the largest town of the Waitaki District. With one of the country’s oldest public gardens, renowned Victorian architecture, two penguin colonies, a rich heritage, first-class dining establishments, a craft brewery in front of the harbour, numerous golf courses, walking and cycling trails and a whole lot more...there are endless opportunities to experience the best of Oamaru.

This town also knows its food. Make sure you treat yourself to a cheese platter at the local cheese factory or watch the sun set while you enjoy a bite to eat from the deck of one of our seaside dining options. You can also experience some of the country’s top cuisine at award-winning local restaurants, including Cuisines 'Best Regional Restaurant' runner up for 2014 and the 'Restaurant of the Year' from 2010.

Oamaru also has a fantastic cafe scene! Try some great coffee and quality food at one of our tasty, well-reputed cafes.


Oamaru food and drink:

Whitestone Cheese




The Galley

Fat Sallys

Bean on Thames

Short Black


The Roost Café

The Last Post



Tees Street

Star and Garter

Woolstore Café

Harbour St Bakery

Deja Moo Ice-cream

The Collective

The NZ Whisky Collection

The Galleon

Bangkok Recipe

Indian Kitchen

Dilaans Turkish Café


Ths Station Wok