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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Grant N
    Hastings, New Zealand1,266 contributions
    A must call in if visiting Oamaru - the staff are knowledgeable and very helpful - they have plenty of stories to tell and are invariably cheerful. The movie of the town's history is a must see - it explains much of the reasons for the town's buildings. Recommend a visit
    Written 21 April 2021
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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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  • Grant N
    Hastings, New Zealand1,266 contributions
    Stopped in while wandering around the precinct - nice clean and spacious areas - bit of a climb to the upper floor - but worth a look. Some items were interesting to me - a lot weren't but there was plenty to meet most tastes. Worth a look
    Written 21 April 2021
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  • GMdoc529003
    Murwillumbah, Australia34 contributions
    as much a museum as a bookstore, if you are interested in antarctic exploration this is a must, the books and equipment on display are amazing
    Written 17 November 2019
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  • EricaY01
    Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
    Lots of gorgeous art, funky jewellery and other cool bits and pieces. A great wee place to find something a bit different.
    Written 27 October 2015
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  • Linda W
    Oamaru, New Zealand23 contributions
    A spacious well lit area to display Craft and Art, could display a lot more Art, textiles, Sculpture so heaps of scope for new creators to come.
    Written 30 August 2018
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  • S C
    Christchurch, New Zealand25 contributions
    A definite stop if you’re in Oamaru. The service , food wine and coffee is outstanding .
    It’s obvious people working there love their jobs .
    A delight to visit
    Written 8 May 2022
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