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  • 1811027Scott
    Auckland, New Zealand168 contributions
    Natural beauty at its finest, on a clear day with blue sky and calm ocean very worth the walk along the beach. Interesting boulders which make for wonderful photos
    Written 30 April 2022
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  • kinx81
    Hamilton, New Zealand799 contributions
    Quirky fun interactive place! $10 admission is reasonable for about an hour of entertainment.

    Lots to look at and appreciate the weird and creative souls out there.

    Dress warmly as there is no heating and there are outside exhibits as well.

    Good gift shop if you’re into the steampunk look.
    Written 19 May 2022
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  • brendafrost
    Auckland, New Zealand14 contributions
    A good insight to the local history of the town, great use of some of the original buildings show casing the Oamaru stone construction the town is known for. Good variety of outlets and even had a local jazz band playing in the morning.
    Written 26 April 2022
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  • brendafrost
    Auckland, New Zealand14 contributions
    An interesting place to visit to go back in time to when area first settled. Displays very good and appear to be relevant to the area and depict how the town was established and the history of the area. Good for children.
    Written 26 April 2022
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  • 1811027Scott
    Auckland, New Zealand168 contributions
    The gardens were very pleasant to stroll around especially with the turning of the leaves in Autumnal colours. Good for all ages
    Written 30 April 2022
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  • Grant T
    25 contributions
    We are on the wrong side of the 60s and 70s age bracket and rode the full A2O from the Whitehorse Campground after riding from the Hermitage to the start sign. Our destination was Twizel. We had bought our own emtbs from the North Island. We rode to Mt Cook airport where we caught the chopper across the Tasman river. This was a oncer so why skimp. Awesome until we got onto Braymar / Hayman road which was badly corrugated for 30-40 kms and we had a head wind which didnt help but glad of full suspension which took a hammering. This was the worst part of the whole trail with this and dust from passing vehicles and 25c temps. Arrived in Twizel after 82.06kms and 5.5hrs. Mileage boards need correcting on this leg. At Whitehorse campground the start board states Oamaru is 301kms, after riding 8kms to the airport and crossing the river the board at Rotten Tommy says Oamaru is 300kms away. We seem to be going backwards.
    Day 2 to Lake Ohau was mainly an easy on road ride but also so pleasant single track. This was 40.31kms and 2.50hrs. Awesome Ohau Lodge, well worth it.
    Day 3 to Omarama was over the Tarnbrae summit in heavy fog, no views at all, the track was very rocky and would be a challenge to some bikes but we throughly enjoyed this section as our bikes are built for this sort of riding. At the far end was Quailburn Road which was a long unsealed road but easier than day 1 with a nice bit of single track at the end. We didn't detour to the Clay Cliffs but returned after we finished the A2O as our car was based at Twizel. We are glad we did it this way after seeing the road. We arrived in Omarama after 46.62km and 3.20hrs. The Ahuriri motels are a great base and right next to the trail
    Day 4 to rural Kurow was the day we felt would challenge our batteries so leaving Omarama we rode economically for the first 15kms in using our batteries which paid dividends later in the day. Our destination was rural Kurow. We absolutely loved the Benmore section and as experienced mountain bikers it's a must do. The weather turned on us before we got to the dam so we had to kit up with wet weather gear.
    After the dam we had 40kph+ ( we were told later) head winds for 30+ kms around the back of the lake . Obviously it would have been more enjoyable without the wind but the sealed road was quiet and the 3 dams were awesome. We arrived at our accomodation at Settlement View which was an awesome and highly recommended place to stay and after doing 74.2km and 7.15hrs later. My battery was down to its last 15%.
    Day 5 from Kurow to Rural Duntroon. Started with steady rain and and 6kms of muddy unsealed road, we crossed some creeks and one was too deep to ride so carried our bikes over. We crossed several muddy cow races covered in excrement, visited Elephant rocks and so that's how we were when arriving at our final accomodationm the Tokorahi Huts some 14kms from Duntroon after 46.6kms and 3.5hrs. The last 50mtrs of driveway also covered in excrement. Unfortunately this accomodation was not geared for cyclists wet, cold and muddy. No laundry or drying facilities other than one centralized fireplace with a broken clothes rack. The temps were around 9-11c at one point and although there was a hose for cleaning mud off bikes, and undercover storage, there was very little opportunity to clean and dry gear although we did manage this. This is probably a great place in warm dry weather.
    Day 6 to Oamaru dawned wet and foggy and we were relying on Fort Enfield for a food and drink break only to find it closed. Again take nothing for granted. We arrived in Oamaru off an unsealed trail onto a main road to find no directional signage. A passing motorist was kind enough to point us in the right direction. Signage through town was good. We arrived after 47kms and 3.45hrs at the A2O frame on the beach front. And 337km total on one of the most awesome bike adventures you could wish for. Five of the six night had excellent accommodation, Weather ranged from 9c to 25c, fog, rain, sun, strong headwinds, flooded creeks, and dust. The trail conditions were great with some challenges for less experienced riders.
    No injuries, no break downs, tender butts and big smiles. A must do for anybody who has an interest in off road biking(there is plenty of on road) especially mountain biking. Would we do it again. If we were younger "hell yes"
    Written 1 April 2022
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  • Rachael B
    1,892 contributions
    My husband is a bourbon and whisky lover so of course we had to stop here. I did not taste since I am not a fan but enjoyed watching him try all of them and enjoyed talking with the bartender (is this what you call them?). Staff very friendly. My husband really liked the Dunedin Doublewood so we took a bottle back to the states with us.
    Written 20 October 2020
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  • Naina-Damani
    London, UK1,032 contributions
    Bushy Beach is a perfect place to admire the scenery and the playful seals and even native wildlife.
    Written 9 January 2021
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  • Inspiration456650
    Russell, New Zealand139 contributions
    This is a very well laid out historic estate and everything is explained and full of knowledge and history. It's well worth the time to go here.
    Written 13 March 2022
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  • PETER R
    Christchurch, New Zealand20 contributions
    What an experience.
    The Artist Donna was as delightful and passionate as her paintings and Artistic creations.
    I immersed myself in the glorious surroundings of her passion.
    An hour was not long enough.
    Thank you Donna.
    You are an INSPIRATION

    Written 31 January 2021
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  • 422iana
    Dunedin, New Zealand3,072 contributions
    We did the one hour trek and all four of us are not experinced both our children had someone guiding them. They only do one trip a day to keep their horses fresh and make it the best experience. I can't speak more highly about the trip and would highly recomend booking up. Waiding through streams and through a forest. I had not ridden a horse ever and teally enjoyed it.
    Written 17 February 2021
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  • Kiwiseley
    Auckland Central, New Zealand390 contributions
    Not sure if it has moved but we visited a building in Harbour Street. The staff were very helpful and the movie giving the history of Oamaru was an oldie but goodie.
    If you want you can try to mount a penny farthing bicycle, play skittles etc Once finished viewing, pay what you think it's worth.
    Written 21 May 2022
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  • brendafrost
    Auckland, New Zealand14 contributions
    A walk to the end of the harbor you will find the penguin centre and seals which lay up on the grass area and rocks during the day, some will even put a showoff display on for you. Can visit here at night to watch the penguin parade. Also along the harbor is a wharf which has been totally taken over by shags - from one end to the other now so that has been closed to the public.
    Written 26 April 2022
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  • MoolooSwampy
    Auckland, New Zealand224 contributions
    The bacon butties ($6 each) are a highlight. Excellent coffee, a good range of vegies, cheese, baking and other yummy local produce, and all just along the road from the unique playground and opposite the historic quarter.
    Written 1 October 2020
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  • AdrienneJ15
    Christchurch, New Zealand66 contributions
    I went alone, but enjoyed seeing the imaginative play equipment and the tree trunk sculptures. love the massive penny farthing! and the nearby railway footbridge was ideal to get a "drones eye " view of the area
    Written 17 February 2022
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