Only in Oamaru

Harbour Street OamaruLast weekend we had a lovely time in Oamaru, enjoying the galleries and shops in the old part of town. It is an extraordinary part of New Zealand with its Victorian streetscapes. And Oamaru makes the most of it. Lots of Victorian-themed events and businesses, including all the galleries and shops. And Victorian-based steampunk.

So many towns look for a point of difference. Oamaru has been gifted one by history and has grabbed it and is dancing with it. Who would have thought thirty years ago that in New Zealand we’d have scenes and sights like these?

Street scene Harbour Street Oamaru

Street scene Harbour Street Oamaru

Street scene Harbour Street Oamaru

Street band buskers Harbour Street Oamaru

Street scene Harbour Street Oamaru

Street scene Harbour Street Oamaru

Street scene Harbour Street Oamaru

Street scene Harbour Street Oamaru

Then there was the North Otago Patchwork Quilter’s exhibition advertising car-cover. An eye-catching notice if ever there was one.

Quilters exhibition car quilt advertising notice in Oamaru

Quilters exhibition car quilt advertising notice in Oamaru

Easily my favourite place was artist Donna Demente’s gallery. Her studio itself is a work of art. Completely uniquely extraordinary.

Donna Demente Gallery Oamaru

Donna Demente Gallery Oamaru

Donna Demente Gallery Oamaru

Donna Demente Gallery Oamaru

Donna Demente Gallery Oamaru

Donna Demente Gallery Oamaru

 

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2 Responses to Only in Oamaru

  1. Ms K says:

    Hi – I’m new to owning a motorhome/caravan and have stumbled across your blog. I love your photos and am enjoying reading about your experiences around New Zealand; it’s given me a bit of inspiration as we plan our first trip. Thank you.

  2. Ross says:

    Hi Kerrie,
    Thanks for your nice comments. We still remember when we were starting out full-time being impressed/inspired by people who had been on the road for 3 months. Now after more than 5 years we realise there is usually no “right” answer to most things and still lots to learn. That’s part of the fun.
    BTW http://nzmotorhome.co.nz/NZMotorhome/index.html is a fabulous resource.
    Enjoy.
    Regards
    Ross

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