"Nothing moves very fast in Oamaru. Tourists saunter, locals linger and penguins waddle. Even oft-celebrated heritage modes of transport – penny farthings and steam trains – reflect an unhurried pace. Most travellers come here for the penguins, but hang around and you'll sense the wellspring of eccentricity bubbling under the surface. Put simply, this is New Zealand's coolest town."

Just like the above quote From the Lonely Planet puts it; Oamaru really is a hidden gem that should be on the agenda of all tourists travelling through New Zealand.

For those that need some more motivation, Take a look at the "Top 10 Activities to tick off in Oamaru while staying at Swaggers Backpackers,"