Oamaru - a step back in time. Some of the finest 19th Century steetscapes in NZ. A majority of the buildings are registered by the NZ Historic Places Trust for their historical and/or cultural heritage significance or value. Mainly built of local limestone (easily carved and moulded). This once booming port town was the service center for the farms and estates in the area - sheep, grain and wool. Today the town is filled with artists - painters, sculptors, musicians AND the blue penquin! It also has a huge SteamPunk population.
Following the highway south and tipped off by a postcard we found ourselves at the Moeraki boulders. These ancient boulders were formed about four million years ago, similar to the way a pearl is formed in an oyster. As the land erodes from the weather the boulders appear and slump to the beach, the seas expose hard crystalline veins and eventually break up the boulders.