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Oamaru Historic Precinct


The Harbour & Tyne Historic Precinct
(Office 9 Tyne Street, Oamaru)

The Original Commercial area of Oamaru.

Largely built in the period 1870's to 1890's, the Historic precinct remains today as New Zealand's most complete Victorian Streetscape. The large and impressively decorated buildings were constructed from the locally quarried limestone.

Now 120 years later the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust is working to restore the Precinct. While the historic area sometimes gives the impression of being deserted several small businesses operate,  which complement the Victorian Town Work theme.


The Criterion Hotel which was closed in 1905 when prohibition was brought in, has been fully restored to a working Victorian style pub. Work began in February 1998 and completed in April 1998. It involved, the full restoration of the hotel. Nowadays The Criterion is renowned for it's authentic beers and fine pork pies, in the tradition of the victorian era.

The Grainstore.... includes Grainstore gallery, Harbourside pots, Inspirations.

Businesses operating here include a bookbinder, a book shop, an auto collection, cafes, restaurants, three antique shops, art galleries and a regular Sunday market.

A vintage Steam Train  which gives rides from the precinct down to the nearby Penguin Colony operates in the weekends and holidays.

Bookbinder click for picture
Michael O'Brien
7 Tyne Street
Phone (03) 434 9277
Fax     (03) 434 7561
After Hours 434 6210
Unique art works by commission. Designer bindings, Fine craft bindings, recycled paper books, Marbled Books & Stationary. Old age and Dark age books

The Grainstore

Harbour Street Pots Click for Picture
Historic Precinct
9 Tyne Street Oamaru
Phone (03) 434 2677
Seriously Different Pots
Unique Hand Painted, Glazed, Terracotta Pots, Candle Holders, Candle Pots, Paintings.

Inspirations Click for picture
Crafts, Kakanui Bears (handcrafted)
Dried & Silk Flowers
Organic Jams & Chutneys
Secondhand Clothes
9 Tyne Street
Shirley Philips
(03) 343 5177

The Grainstore Gallery Click for picture
Dona Demente
9 Tyne Street Oamaru

The Wool Store1 Tyne Street

1 Tyne Street
Phone (03) 434 1556
incorporates several small business's including:
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Bears and Friends Giftshop
Oamaru stone craft, artwork, bears, buzzy bee's
and much much more.

The Woolstore Cafe
Freshly Ground espresso coffee
excellent range of teas
heavenly cakes
historic surroundings.
open 7 days
(03) 434 8336
Glenda, Carolyn & Reg Moses

The Photo Shoppe
Carol Edward's
Victorian Costume portraits

Oamaru Auto Collection
Our Motoring past on show.
A unique collection of interesting vehicles and
motoring memorabilia from vintage and classic cars,
machinery and bikes to high speed motor sport
Entrance $4.00, Children under 10 Free (accompanied by Adult)
Family $10.00, Groups at reduced rates
Hours 10.00am  -  4.30pm
After hours by appointment
Phone (03) 434 1556
A/H (03) 434 5152

The Woolstore Sunday Market
Specialist shops, Studios and Boutiques
Market Promenade
Sundays 10.00am  -  4.00pm

Slightly Foxed Secondhand Books   click for picture
11 Tyne Street
Jenny Lynch-Blosse and Kahren Thompson
Phone (03) 434 2155
Fax(03) 434 7561
Open Tues - Sat 10.00am - 5.30pm
Sun in Summer 11.00am - 3.00pm
A wide range of quality secondhand books combined with good music and comfortable seating, browsing essential. Step back in time and enjoy the atmosphere.

Trailers Treasures
19 Itchen Street
Marilyn Sim A/H (03) 434 5071
Collectibles, China, Glassware, Silver, Pictures Brass, Tin,Tools, Past & Present times

The Star & Garter Restaurant
9 Itchen Street
Phone/Fax (03) 434 5246
Specialists in Fine Food and Exquisite Dinning.
Relax in the traditional surroundings and enjoy the warm and friendly hospitality.
On license and BYO

Corner Collectibles
Corner Tyne & Itchen Streets
Phone (03) 434 1019
After Hours (03) 434 8102
Open 7 Days
Antiques and Collectibles. A great place to purchase something from yesteryear.

Southern Curios Click for picture
Open Tuesday to Sunday
After Hours (03) 434 7381
Antiques, collectibles, geological specimens, meteorites & tektites, Fossils, Old formally Ingredients.

Vinbrux Bakery click for picture
4 Harbour Street
Phone (03) 434 9923
Organic German Breads, Traditional Biscuits, made to traditional German recipes

Oamaru Organic co-operative   click for picture
4 Harbour Street
Phone (03) 434 7573
Organic Fruit, Meat & Veggie's, nut oils, herbs, jams, tinned, pasta and sauces
Also organic cosmetics and toiletries
Tues, Wed, Fri & Sun 10am - 4pm
Thurs 10am - 6pm

Electrical Museum  click for picture
4B Harbour Street
hours 10am to 4pm each day.
Phone (03) 434 2003

Harbour & Tyne Historic Precinct
Hours of opening
Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
Sun 10am-4pm
Admission: Free
Postal Address: Private Bag 50058, Oamaru
Phone: 64-3-434 5385
Fax:      64-3-434 5381
Historic Oamaru Website

Oamaru's Annual Victorian Fete
FeteClick here for Fete Images
In November of each year the trust organizes a Victorian fete which combines with the New Zealand National Penny Farthing Championships and the World Stone sawing championships to make for a very interesting weekend.
The picture above is the School children's Victorian dress competition.
For the more adventurous Penny farthing rides are available by arrangement through the Project Office of the Trust situated at 9 Tyne St in the heart of the precinct.
Click Here for  Pictures of Previous Fetes