Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct, Oamaru 9400, Otago Region, New Zealand 

Oamaru is the largest town in North Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand, it is the main town in the Waitaki District. It is 80 kilometres south of Timaru and 120 kilometres north of Dunedin on the Pacific coast; State Highway 1 and the railway Main South Line connect it to both cities.

With a population of 13,900, Oamaru is the 28th largest urban area in New Zealand, and the third largest in Otago behind Dunedin and Queenstown.

The name Oamaru derives from the Māori and can be translated as “the place of Maru” (cf. Timaru). The identity of Maru remains open to conjecture.

Epic New Zealand Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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