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Martyns Cycle Shop is situated in the Oamaru town centre, just a 2-minute walk from the Oamaru Visitor Centre. We are also close to restaurants, motel and hotel accommodation, the Historic Precinct, Oamaru Opera House and the Forrester Art Gallery. We are just a short drive to the Oamaru blue and yellow-eyed penguin colonies beside the harbour.
Oamaru is 116km from Dunedin and 283km from Christchurch and is known as the gateway to the Waitaki and Southern Lakes District. It is now part of the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail, which starts at Aoraki/Mt Cook and finishes beside the harbour at Oamaru.
Oamaru, described as "New Zealand's best kept secret", is recognised as a destination town with the world-renowned blue penguin colony - see the world's smallest penguins in their natural environment. The colony is just beyond the Victorian Heritage Precinct and within walking distance of the town centre, close to shops, restaurants and accommodation.
There is fishing in the Waitaki River or the nearby Waitaki Valley Lakes, where jet boating, boating, sailing and water skiing are all available recreations.
The colony began when a small number of blue penguins began nesting in a rock quarry area at the edge of Oamaru Harbour in the early 1990s. Today, it is Oamaru's largest tourist attraction, with over 75,000 visitors per year.
Oamaru is famous for its superb limestone buildings, The Art Gallery, Museum and the Historical Precinct. The Precinct contains a number of authentic shops, cafés and activities which are worthwhile visiting.
35-minute drive south of Oamaru are the Moeraki Boulders. Large round rocks situated on a long scenic beach.
Elephant Rocks are unusual limestone formations formed over the years by erosion from wind and rain. Sign-posted about 30-min drive from Oamaru on SH 83.
Oamaru is also the home of the award-winning hand-made Whitestone cheese. This family owned factory has won many awards for its cheese, especially Windsor Blue.
Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail offers an exciting family activity on one of the 23 official New Zealand cycle trails. This starts at Mt Cook and finishes at Oamaru.
Oamaru is the Steampunk capital of New Zealand with the annual Steampunk ball and fashion show attracting people from all over NZ. A must-to-see is the steam engine light and sound spectacular.