Monday, 27 September 2010

A trip to Oamaru

First part
We had a 3 day trip to Oamaru about 3 1/2 hours drive South of Christchurch. On the first day we had a coffee stop in the park at the beach in Timaru and when we arrived in Oamaru we had a walk through the old town. At night we went first to bushy beach were the penguins arrive and than back to the backpacker. Here we were not only in good company of our friends but met some interesting people as well
It was hard to choose some photo's because there was so much to see, but these ones give a good impression of Oamaru. Oh and the weather was fantastic. We were so lucky.Next time I show you some photo's from the elephant rocks and the trip back over Tekapo.

We had a walk and a coffee break at Caroline Bay in Timaru, a city of about 43,000 people, 160 km South of Christchurch

Oamaru is a town of about 12.500 people and about 250 km South of Christchurch.

Catch my cuteness

There are two penguin colonies in Oamaru ; The blue penguin  is the smallest penguin on earth. They come in a big numbers on the beach at night and we could hear them when in bed. The one above one we saw at bushy beach. It is the yellow eyed penguin. They arrive in small numbers at bushy beach.

Twilight in the meadow. Sheep grazing in peace. The world is quiet
Clouds looking into a blue mirrow

The Oamaru coastline seen from Lookout Point
 Standing silent and proud
This council building is opposite the Empire Hotel (a great backpacker) where we stayed.
This like many other Victorian buildings in Oamaru is build with Oamaru stone.  Oamaru stone is  limestone which is today still popular with carvers. Because of the gold rush nearby Oamaru the rich ones settled here in the 1860's. Because of grain, wool and meat exports Oamaru remained an affluent town in the late 19th century.

A magic lantern enlightens the night

Oamaru Opera House changes into 4 eh or 5 colours at night. 

Step on Step back into the street of yesterday

My favourite street! Many of the old buildings in this street are filled not only with nice bread but also with the most beautiful paintings, sculptures and more.

A parade of sensation and imagination

Amazing art isn't it If you look for something original you will find it here.

(At the backpackers on the second floor the floor vibrated a little when somebody came walking into the lounge. All four of us startled each time and thought ooh earth quake. Oops false alarm.


  1. very, very beautiful...thanks for sharing...

    I must tell you, that you can find me on my new blog:

    (before: wisdom of heart)

    hug, patricija

  2. oh my, this is such a great place to be, i also want to see the smallest penguin on earth! :) the photos are exciting and refreshing. you surely enjoyed. looking forward for the next part. have a great day Martha!

  3. Amazing trip and great pictures. New Zealand is truly a beautiful place.

  4. Great photos as usual. I would love to watch the penguins. Glad you are having a good time. Hope the earthquake damage is no longer causing problems for you.


    do they still have the old FASHION PARKING METER?

    I lost my comment to you, so I do a short one.

    Are things back to normalcy?

  6. Thanks a ton for sharing! Lil Penguin is just adorable and the operah house looks lovely in those colors :)

    Have more fun on your trips and capture the colors for us. Thank You.

  7. Looks like you had a great trip, your photos are lovely, specially the penguin

  8. It looks like a beautiful place. Next time I am in New Zealand I would like to see that town too. It's almost like an English city.
    Have a great Wednesday!

  9. I remember Oamaru from the last time I was in New Zealand and I remember that the first thing I wanted to do was to take my camera to film all the beautifull old buildings in Oamaru. it's realy a nice town and I hope to go back there one day.

  10. Wonderful photo´s Marja!Really great landscapes!


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