Day FIFTY: Oamaru, I love you!

I took my time getting from Christchurch down to Oamaru, arriving about four hours after my leisurely mid-morning departure. I’d decided to break up my drive down to Dunedin into two parts, which would allow me more time to explore Oamaru than I’d had on our brief stop the last time I was through (a couple of weeks ago). And I am very glad I did! Once I got checked into the motel, I got out for a walk along the main street with the goal of walking to the Victorian part of town.

Bella Vista, eh? Um...it's on the main road and right next to McD's.

Bella Vista, eh? Um…it’s on the main road and right next to McD’s.

No really, it doesn't!

No really, it doesn’t!

Victorian Oamaru

The town is really playing up the Steampunk theme, and I did a pass by Steampunk HQ which I talked about in the Day Thirty Two post.

Steampunk Oamaru sign

Oamaru Steampunk HQ

Oamaru old bldgsI walked to the end of the Victorian section and to the train tracks and the playground. Let me tell you folks, this is one AMAZING playground!

Oamaru playground basketball hoop

Oamaru playground boat

Oamaru playground merry-go-round

Tall and steep, this slide is SERIOUS!

Tall and steep, this slide is SERIOUS!

Pennyfarthing swings? How cool is that?!

Pennyfarthing swings? How cool is that?!

Oamaru playground train

Even the water fountain is "steampunky"!

Even the water fountain is “steampunky”!

The other end of the zipline.

The other end of the zipline.

One end of the zipline.

One end of the zipline.

Next to the playground. The artist was working on the next one over.

Next to the playground. The artist was working on the next one over.

Oamaru totem detail

Oamaru totem in process

These are next to the one that is being carved. Might be totems in the future.

These are next to the one that is being carved. Might be totems in the future.

Oamaru harbor

Lots of people in the water. It was a pretty nice afternoon.

Lots of people in the water. It was a pretty nice afternoon.

Oamaru rail bridge and Whisky bldg

Oamaru rail bridge pedestrian

Oamaru train tracksJust at the end of the pedestrian railway bridge is a building that makes whisky and has a restaurant or bar (or something) in it on the ground level. Upstairs there is a HUGE art gallery space featuring art by local artists. You’re not allowed to photograph the art, but I took a couple of photos on the old old old stairway up to the gallery.

Oamaru art gallery stair vent

Oamaru art gallery stairs

Oamaru art gallery stairs 2

From there I walked back to Bella Vista and thought my step count would be pretty good. Wrong wrong wrong. Good thing I got an email suggesting a place to walk to called Bushy Beach Scenic Reserve from my buddy Darryl (who was trying to make sure that I was NOT out walking at night again!). I took his suggestion, and turned around and walked back to the Victorian area, through it, past where the train/playground/harbor are and UP the steep hill, then down the road, and out to the ocean to see what I could see…

Oamaru New Zealand Express Co.

Oamaru North Otago Billards Snooker Assn.

Oamaru walk flowers

There is no way to show how very steep this hill is, but trust me, it is!

There is no way to show how very steep this hill is, but trust me, it is!

Succulents for Lorraine

Succulents for Lorraine

I can see the ocean! Almost there...

I can see the ocean! Almost there…

Just me and the sheep out here.

Just me and the sheep out here.

Now I'm REALLY almost there.

Now I’m REALLY almost there.

Oamaru Bushy Beach Scenic Reserve sign

Oamaru BBSR beach 1

Oamaru BBSR beach with fence

Oamaru BBSR penguin sign

Oamaru BBSR white sign 1

Oamaru BBSR white sign 2

Oamaru BBSR white sign 3

I was out there a bit early in the day to see the penguins come in, so I hung out for a bit and then walked back to my room, ending the day with a perfectly respectable step count of just over 16,000!

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4 Responses to Day FIFTY: Oamaru, I love you!

  1. Gretchen says:

    Awesome playground!!

  2. Kim Wells says:

    Hi There Bonnie
    Your trip of NZ sounds fantastic. Love the pictures and the stories.
    Take Care
    Kim and Michael xx

  3. Brother Peter says:

    Cool beach life!

  4. Dian says:

    Oamaru was very cool, I wish I’d had more time to spend there. Glad you had a good adventure and plus nice pics of things I’d missed!

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