Most tourist destinations are crowded places, loud and hectic, making it difficult to attain the state of complete relaxation and utter peace. But not New Zealand – New Zealand, is the tourist spot that serves as an escape from other tourist spots. The mere mention of the country conjures up a variety of images, of rolling, green hills covered in mist; of rivers meandering through verdant forests; of waters bubbling in hot springs. However diverse they may be, the theme always remains the same- beauty, serenity, solitude. If you want a break from the hurried pace of life and the monotony of concrete and glass that you find in the city, then pack your bags and book a flight to the land of the Kiwis.
Oamaru, tucked away in the South Islands east coast, is the ideal place to start living like a New Zealander. Much of the town architecture harkens to the Victorian era, and when you walk its streets, it feels a little like passing over to a different time period. The locals are friendly, and are sure to make you feel welcome. While the pace of life is unhurried, the town has a large community of artists, leading to a vibrant and energetic atmosphere, with events occurring regularly.
The Mid Winter Masquerade is one such event. Held in July each year, the Masquerade is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year, and promises a night of grand, sometimes outlandish, masks and unbridled fun. The event is the brainchild of local artist, Donna Demente, and you can find or contact her on her website for more details. Nature lovers will be delighted to learn, that the town is home to the Blue Penguin Colony, where the smallest species of penguins gather. You can also enjoy uninterrupted vistas of the Pacific Ocean.
For visitors seeking for an Oamaru hotel
, the Kingsgate Hotel Brydone Oamaru is a good option. Located in the central business district, this Oamaru accommodation
is only minutes away from the town centre, the Oamaru Public Gardens, the Little Blue Penguin Colony and the harbour side. With comfortable rooms and excellent facilities, it’s a great place to stay, and will definitely be one of the most memorable parts of a journey.