Whitestone City

Whitestone City, Oamaru: Hours, Address, Whitestone City Reviews: 5/5

Whitestone City
5
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Learn about our history by taking part in it. Take a tour of the visual tale of our town from the rough-sawn Whitestone beginnings to the polished and finely worked grandeur of our facades that still exist today. Partake of Victorian pastimes or boldly go beyond the curtains to encounter our colourful past. Leisurely repose oneself in the sumptuous surrounds of our parlour.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Lena91nz
Auckland Central, New Zealand57 contributions
Fun and educational
Apr 2021 • Friends
I had so much fun today and Whitestone city. It was a good mix of fun and educational. I loved riding on the carousel!
Written 27 April 2021
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PETER R
Christchurch, New Zealand20 contributions
A trip back in time
Jan 2021
Staff very knowledgeable and friendly.
Such an educational and enjoyable experience.
I so enjoyed sitting in the authentic style theatre watching the historic story of Oamaru .
Written 31 January 2021
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Peter & Kelly M
5 contributions
Excellent
Jan 2021
A great experience made all the better by passionate and engaging staff.  We weren't sure what to expect on entering but it was a great mix of entertainment, interaction and education in a very hands-on environment.  The Penny Farthing Carousel was a highlight together with the original classroom experience (a real eye-opener for the kids on how things used to be).  Attention to detail and nice small touches.  A really unique museum-style experience that the operators are clearly passionate about.
Written 17 January 2021
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CJO193
Te Puke, New Zealand408 contributions
Great
Dec 2020
This was a great space tp spend a few hours wondering around! it was like taking a step back in time!
Written 27 December 2020
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Rachael B
1,892 contributions
Best old fashioned photos you will ever get
Feb 2020
My husband and I came here and did the Grand Tour and had such a good time! You can book our tickets on GetYourGuide for $40usd for 2 adults and this includes a private, personalized tour of the museum in period costumes. The costumes were my absolute FAVORITE! They offer to take lots of pictures of you throughout the tour with your phone/camera that doesn't cost extra. If you ever want to get old fashioned photos taken you really can't do better than this! I have some AMAZING photos of us from this tour. We also enjoyed riding on the old fashioned bicycle carousel, playing old fashioned games like knuckle bones (which it turns out I am terrible at) and this strange pinball/ski ball game. We also played a few rounds of croquet. And of course there is also the history to be learned from the tour and displays. I love that it is interactive! Recommend if looking for something to do in the area.
Written 20 October 2020
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Abby Hayes
1 contribution
Much Disappointment.
Nov 2019
My experience was pretty terrible. Had been looking forward to it as I like vintage/victorian activities. For a start, the staff were rude, "shushed" us many times when we asked questions & I think that it's overrated and that it is a disappointment to the amazing victorian attractions that Oamaru has to offer. Overall, very disappointed.
Written 14 August 2020
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jodieh438
Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions
Re-opened and awesome - definitely worth a visit
Jul 2020 • Family
This was a highlight for my daughters (age 6 & 9) trip around the South Island. They described this as one of their favourite places to visit. Well set up with old games, dress ups and a penny farthing merry go round.
Written 11 July 2020
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Annie S
Christchurch, New Zealand56 contributions
So so so so ciol
Jul 2020 • Family
This place is amazing. We spent a good couple of hours playing old games, dressing up, riding a penny farthing, sitting in class. So well setup and the volunteers who were staffing it make the experience so much more entertaining. Fantastic experience
Written 10 July 2020
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13Sue
Auckland, New Zealand22 contributions
A fabulous fun and unique thing to do in Oamarau
Feb 2020
My daughter and I decided to do the Grand tour in Whitestone city. This involved getting dressed up in victorian clothing and being guided around the building by Sandy who provided us with some interesting history of Oamaru as well as snapping photographs of us on our phones. Sandy was very passionate about Oamaru and the history of the area and she spent time ensuring we looked the part which we certainly did! We even attracted a bit of attention as we had our photos taken outside. I loved how we could touch things as we walked around and they even had a Penny Farthing carrousel. I would highly recommend this to dress up fans and history buffs, even those who arent would enjoy this I'm sure. Suitable for all ages.
Written 22 February 2020
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thank you for your recommendation :)
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422iana
Dunedin, New Zealand3,002 contributions
Merry go round
Feb 2020 • Family
We have been meaning to go we spent about $50 family pass and one senior citizen. The girls got to dress up as the rest of us were not bothered. They loved it. Spent about an hour in there.
Written 21 February 2020
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thank you :)
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