Has anybody taken a shore excursion from Dunedin to spend the day in Oamaru? Any recommendations?
I have heard that shore excursions to Oamaru are about to start on some cruise liners so check that out. If not, you would have to rent a car in Dunedin and drive the 1 1/2 hours to Oamaru. The drive is scenic especially if you take the coastal roads as suggested prior. Definitely stop off at Moeraki boulders. Great eating places on the way include Fleur's Place iconic seafood restaurant at Moeraki, Vanessa's Cafe at Hampden and Coast Cafe at Kakanui. Oamaru is definitely worth spending 2-3 hours if you have the time. Make your way to the Harbour area park up and walk. There's so much to experience including the artisan galleries in Harbour St (a beautifully preserved Victorian Precinct), Steampunk HQ is a must; a retro futuristic look at a world run by steam powered machinery. You can even hire Pedal Punk four wheel cycles & cruise down to the beautiful Harbour and see the Steampunk Playground and Blue Penguin Colony. That should still give you enough time for the 1 1/2 hour drive back to Dunedin. Look forward to hearing if you come to Oamaru, I think you'll love it. Take care. Jan :)
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you could try the Oamaru I-Site
I'm not sure that you can do that? Do you mean a ferry or something? Pretty sure there is no such thing, but I may be wrong?
And dont miss the Steampunk museum right by the Victorian Quarter. You dont have to be into Steampunk to wonder at the imagination and ingenuity in the fascinating repurposed weird and wonderful constructions.
As above I don't think there is a land based exclusion, you would need to organise this trip yourself by hiring a car.
In regards to Oamuru, yes it could be described as a smaller version of Dunedin in terms of its Victorian buildings, however I found in Oamuru the history is on the surface, the locals are willing to take the time and talk about the past and how it was, share and have a laugh together, it's a slower and more gentle pace.
If you have a chance to visit Oamuru I would recommend it!
Firstly you would need a car as doubt if there is a tour.
I suggest you travel both sides of the Otago Peninsula first right out to the coast on each side.
You can follow the shoreline to a certain extent travelling north from Dunedin to Oamaru rather than going on State Highway 1 which is mainly inland. You would really want a good map to show you where to turn off the SH1 and you would not be able to travel all the way by the coast.
Firstly travelling from Dunedin you can turn off at Warrington to the right and follow the coast north coming out to SH1 at Karitane just south of Waikouaiti.
You could the turn right at Waik.... and visit their beach then out to SH1.
Then north of Palmerston SH1 follows the coast at Shag Point.
After that Turn right at Moeraki to visit the boulders and out again to SH1.
Next turn right would be at Waianakarua or Herbert until you reach the coast then turn north.
The back roads may not all be tarsealed some could be gravel so care is needed if not experienced driving on gravel - no accidents !!!
You follow north along to Kakanui, sample some of their famous tomatoes and then along the coast road coming out at the back of Oamaru.
This trip would take a while depending on how long you stop, it is 1 and 1/4 hour by main highway this could be 2X + but more interesting. Especially Warrington to Karitane.
I suggest you get a good sized scale map to guide you rather than a GPS easier to see where u are, I am old school our Garmin failed in Auckland recently and the AA maps saved us as we needed detailed info.
I did a land based drive from Oamaru to Dunedin & highly recommend this route. I found a Maori art site on the way & really enjoyed the 1.5 hour trip.
Oamaru's Victorian Precinct with its live feeling to it, is not to be missed. Its not just buildings that have been repurposed, but history, living there. Wagons & Penny Farthing bikes, with local ambassadors taking you on a tour for just $2.
Have a photo with some real people, doing business just as they would have in the past.
Also the Blue penguin colony that come in at sunset, is something that is said to be a highlight. I didnt wait long enough. There are thousands of birds on a wharf/pier too. I'm not sure what they were, but two different kinds were there.
I found Oamaru distinctly different to Dunedin, in that its a town, whereas Dunedin is a bustling city.
Do you mean a land based excursion from a cruise liner docked in Dunedin? If so I would advise against it. It would mean 4 hours return in a bus and really Oamaru is just a smaller version of Dunedin. Both have excellent Victorian architecture. If you would like a half day excursion I would recommend a tour to the Albatross colony which would take you briefly through Dunedin central and then out along the attractive coast road of the Otago Peninsula.
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