Just about a year ago, James and I began to contemplate putting together a book to fill a gap that we perceived existed in the Oamaru marketplace. Despite the fact that Oamaru is easily one of the most beautiful towns in New Zealand, and that the surrounding countryside offers some of the country’s most picturesque landscapes, there did not exist a book that we thought adequately captured the area and that might appeal to visitors and locals alike. Also, since many of our guests were coming to us from lodges that had put together their own books, showcasing the unique architecture and features of their properties, they would often ask us if we had such a book, since Pen-y-bryn is one of the country’s most distinctive historic homes. We figured that we had some pretty good photographs of the area ourselves, and could write the accompanying text without too much difficulty, so we set to work. Little did we know just how much work that would amount to, nor that it would take a year for our little project to reach fruition, but we are pleased to announce that our book is now available, and (if we do say so ourselves) it’s a beauty!
Titled Oamaru & the Waitaki: Home to Historic Pen-y-bryn Lodge, the book is 100 pages and includes historic images of Old Oamaru along with our full-colour photographs of the town, several surrounding towns of note (including Moeraki, Palmerston, Kurow and Omarama) and many of the attractions that make the area so special. The back section of the book is dedicated to the lodge itself, with a capsule history of the building and its owners over the years, photographs of our public rooms and a selection of our most asked-for recipes.
Copies of the book are available for sale at the lodge and at several shops around Oamaru for $40, and it’s also available as an eBook for reading on an iPad or other device from the iBooks store.