Oamaru, New Zealand

Oamaru is a coastal town in the Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island.

Stopping at Oamaru during your south island travels potentially provides many days worth of activities and sightseeing.

Oamaru Activities

A number of fantastic festivals are held in Oamaru throughout the year, so if your visit coincide with one then you’re in for a unique treat.

Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony

Oamaru’s famous colony of Blue Penguins is a must-see for nature and wildlife lovers while you’re in town. Local volunteers have worked for over 20 years to make the old harbour quarry a suitable place for the penguins to breed. Tours are the best and most ethical way to see these gorgeous birds in Oamaru.

Oamaru Harbour

Oamaru Public Gardens

Oamaru Eateries

Oamaru Golf Courses

Oamaru Jazz Festival

Oamaru Steampunk Festival

Oamaru Victorian Festival

Top 6 New Zealand Travel Guide Books

Despite the ability to carry a world map and thousands of books in our hand, a lot of people still love having a real life paperback travel guide book packed in the suitcase.

Or, reaping all the benefits of long established, highly researched guides in Kindle or other digital form.

Any why not?

There’s something special about carrying a little book with you on your travels throughout NZ, bookmarking the pages that interest you, and highlighting the sights you want to stop at.

But you’re not limited to a paperback in your bag: many of the best guides are now available as a Kindle download. Besides the obvious space saver aspect, it means you can “pack” multiple books if you want – something it really is difficult to pick just one as they all have their benefits.

So for those who know what an asset a quality guide can be while you’re travelling through NZ, here’s a roundup of the top 5 New Zealand travel guide books currently available in either physical or Kindle/digital form:

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Rough Guide To New Zealand Lonely Planet New Zealand
New Zealand: Eyewitness Travel Guide Frommer’s New Zealand
Fodor’s Essential New Zealand Insight Guides New Zealand<