[Oamaru] Victorian/Steampunk Capital of NZ

Back in 2007 we did a road trip through South Island and stayed in Oamaru. The only thing I remembered from that place was penguins. Fast forward a few years later, I learnt from the internet that Oamaru is actually famous for a preserved Victorian quarter where you can even hire Victorian dress to take photos with.

Glorious Victorian architecture in Oamaru
Glorious Victorian architecture in Oamaru

And just in case you were wondering, this is how photos were Photoshopped back in Victorian times lol…

A Photo Shoppe in the Oamaru Victorian Precinct
A Photo Shoppe in the Oamaru Victorian Precinct

Naturally in quirky Kiwi style there is a thriving Steampunk subculture. Who woulda thunk?There’s even a Steampunk Festival once a year where you can hire aforementioned Victorian dress, slap on some goggles and copper framed sunnies, and pretend you just rolled up in a dirigible. Just don’t let it go down like a Led Zeppelin (ha!).

Steampunk HQ Building, Oamaru
Steampunk HQ Building, Oamaru

In old towns like this I also like to hunt old churches… so here I found a pretty decent one too. Behold the St Patrick’s Basilica. According to Wikipedia it’s Roman Renaissance (I was gonna go with Baroque but I suppose not enough ornamentation for that). The inside is also aesthetically pleasing with warm Oamaru stone creamy colours.

St Patrick's Basilica, Oamaru
St Patrick’s Basilica, Oamaru
Inside St Patrick's Basilica, Oamaru
Inside St Patrick’s Basilica, Oamaru
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