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Oamaru Harbour Tourist Park

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#2 of 6 campsites in Oamaru
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Our park is located directly opposite the stunning Oamaru harbour. We have an amazing playground right next door and friendly bay beach is just 100mt away. "The Penguins Nest" coffee and ice cream shop is at the front of the site and we are just 200mt from the towns historic precinct and very close to the Blue Penguin Colony also. We're sure that you'll enjoy your stay and also being so close to the towns main attractions. Campervans, caravans and tents are welcome and power is available to all of our 25 camp sites however Non powered sites are available also.
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nzp0ppy wrote a review Feb 2024
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand24715 contributions516 helpful votes
just love this place - its compact, and some sites are small but the big attractions is its location. little blue penguins waddling around at night. lovely swimming beach opposite. great breweries, cafes, victorian area, steampunk easy few minutes walk away.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Rod n Jac wrote a review Sept 2023
Wagga Wagga, Australia127 contributions19 helpful votes
We rocked up in the late afternoon and paid for one night. We were told that if we wanted to stay longer, just to write our name on the board and pay later. The next morning we awoke to some guy putting a chain up across the entrance. When we enquired why, in a long story short, we were told that we should have gone by now, the park was closing for a month or so, and we should not have been offered any longer than the night we stayed. He graciously gave us half an hour to sort our stuff and leave. We didn't even get a chance to use the facilities. Quite expensive and especially so since we didn't get to use anything. We left and went to the Top10 and...oh no...that same bloke was there too. Granted, he apologised, but reluctantly so.
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Date of stay: August 2023
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jafajafa wrote a review Jan 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand8 contributions8 helpful votes
fantastic spot, quiet self sufficient... and the best bit is the penguins! If you stay up late enough and quiet enough they come straight in from the harbour around the wee boats and onto the road. Great location to explore the waterfront, wharf and Victorian precinct including Steampunk museum which is brilliant. Third time staying there in our camper.
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Date of stay: January 2023
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Edwin T wrote a review Dec 2022
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Nice harbour facing site, no timer for hot shower but laundry facilities is lacking, only one washer and one dryer. No hot water dispenser or filtered water dispenser though. Didn't managed to catch sight of the penguins although I did hear the sounds in the dark night. No Wi-Fi available.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Paul Brinkman wrote a review Jan 2022
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I live independently in a wheelchair, so that is my focus for this review. The accessible bathroom is a stand alone room with key-access. (They gave me the key so I had exclusive access). Fold down bench in a wet area shower. Loo had grab rails. Kitchen was fine too - but I didn't use it. We drive a VW Kombi van and parked at front urban camp (#6) which was scenic with an outlook over the boats and ocean. Could hear the surf. Push to facilites was through loose gravel but not too bad. All up it was a good stopover.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Aaron W wrote a review Jan 2021
Auckland, New Zealand86 contributions17 helpful votes
unfortunately closed. we were looking forward to stay here as we were in a campervan and tis was close to where you catch a tour to see penguins at night. Not sure how long this will be closed for. there are few freedom camping spots in oamaru and certainly nothing near where you can walk to the penguins. The other holiday park in oamaru is rediculously expensive so we had no choice to move on
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Date of stay: January 2021
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alanhaines wrote a review Jan 2020
London17 contributions28 helpful votes
We stopped here for 2 nights, one of them being New Years Eve. Great site overlooking the extremely picturesque harbour. We spent New Years Eve watching the penguins swim ashore opposite the site and then clamber up the boat ramp and waddle across the road. A truly memorable way to see out the old year and see in the new. The lady that runs the site was extremely helpful and should be commended for the way in which she protects the penguins and helps people to watch them and understand them. A big thank you to her.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jjc978 wrote a review Dec 2019
England265 contributions132 helpful votes
This is a basic site with limited amenities. It is however great for the penguin colony viewing and Oamaru at large. There is a great kids playground next door. Owner was very friendly in recommending places to visit.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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joly69 wrote a review Dec 2019
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What a spot, we stumbled across this gem. Great location excellent price grassy powered sites, clean hot showers BBQ area and camp kitchen with dining area. This place is located right next to old town with bars and restaurants, you can just walk across the real at dusk and watch the penguins come ashore. There is a great cheese factory about 15 minutes up the road, every thing is in easy walking distance so no need to drive anywhere. The on site manager sorry i forgot her name was extremely helpful would recommend this place to anyone
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Date of stay: November 2019
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CatherineFerguson wrote a review Oct 2019
Grangemouth, United Kingdom29 contributions23 helpful votes
Stopped here in our camper van for an overnight stay to visit the Blue Penguin Sanctuary and were impressed by the welcome we received, the cleanliness and the tremendous views and sun rise. It to be missed 💕
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Oamaru Harbour Tourist Park
Which popular attractions are close to Oamaru Harbour Tourist Park?
Nearby attractions include Whitestone City (0.2 km), Oamaru's Victorian Precinct (0.3 km), and Steampunk HQ (0.4 km).
What are some restaurants close to Oamaru Harbour Tourist Park?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cucina, Scotts Brewing Co, and Fat Sallys.
Is Oamaru Harbour Tourist Park located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Oamaru.
Are there any historical sites close to Oamaru Harbour Tourist Park?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Totara Estate (5.7 km).