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Ōamaru, Whitestone City - Roadside Stories

Ōamaru, Whitestone City - Roadside Stories


Thames St, Oamaru

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the town of Ōamaru and its distinctive architecture. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

The elegant buildings of Ōamaru were constructed from the local limestone, which is creamy in colour and easily carved. The town flourished from the 1880s, when an export trade in frozen meat developed at nearby Tōtara Estate farm.

Ōamaru Harbour,

A sheep's journey,


Ōamaru town and port, early 1900s,

Building stone: limestone and marble,

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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