Including Oamaru in your New Zealand is very easy, as we are within easy driving distance of several areas, as the list below shows. If you would like a little help putting your itinerary together, please do not hesitate to ask us and we’ll be happy to offer some advice. Alternatively, we highly recommend the services of Ahipara Luxury Travel, a specialist travel company based in New Zealand that is consistently listed among the top travel planners in the world by Condé Nast. They will gladly put together your holiday and make sure you experience the side of New Zealand that interests you most.
Christchurch: 3 hours by car, or 40 minutes by air
Wanaka: 2 ½ hours by car
Queenstown: 3 ½ hours by car
Mt Cook: 2 ½ hours by car
Dunedin: 75 minutes by car
Te Anau: 5 hours by car
Kaikoura: 5 hours by car
If you are looking to explore the south of the South Island, and are looking for ideas on how to do this, we have put together a route that takes in a broad range of sites that offers a tremendous holiday opportunity. This itinerary consists of the following:
Oamaru — a two- or three-night stay with us at Pen-y-bryn to explore the town of Oamaru and the Waitaki District, including Moeraki and the Waitaki Valley.
The Catlins — A rough and rugged part of New Zealand that offers a completely different landscape and style to the Waitaki, yet is only a three-hour drive away. We recommend two nights here to give you a chance to see as much as possible–while distances aren’t huge, the roads are slow and curvy, and there are loads of things to see, from stunning coasts, to waterfalls, primeval forests and wildlife. There are several accommodation options here, depending on your interests, ranging from self-catered to farmsteads and B&Bs.
Stewart Island — just 35 km off the south coast of the South Island, Stewart Island is another world. The island only has 28 km of paved roads, but has copious walking tracks running the gamut from short, easy walks to ones that take a week or more to complete.
Te Anau — From Stewart Island return to the “Mainland” and drive to Te Anau, gateway to Doubtful and Milford Sounds. From here, you have the opportunity to sail on either (or even both) of these iconic bodies of water, either as a day-trip or overnight, but there is plenty to do in the area, including fishing, hiking, and more.
Queenstown/Wanaka — The Central Lakes are among New Zealand’s most famed attractions, and offer a myriad of activities and experiences that are virtually unmatched anywhere in the world. From the beauty of these towns’ lakes, to their wineries, adventure activities (including the world’s first bungy-jumping centre) and gastronomical attractions, there is no shortage of things to do here.
Mt Cook/Aoraki — The final stop on this itinerary is literally the high point of New Zealand, since Mt Cook/Aoraki is the highest peak in the country. Here you can take in the view of the mountain from several vantage points, including a number of tracks that can be tackled in just an hour or so, as well as points that are accessible by car.
For details on this itinerary and assistance in making a booking, send us an email and we’ll be happy to help!