Oamaru Public Gardens / Botanical Gardens
The Oamaru Public Gardens are among the oldest in the country, established in 1967 and opened officially in October 1876.
The beautiful gardens and distinctly reflect the unique style and heritage of Oamaru and the Waitaki through Oamaru stone and other features.
Named a garden of significance, these gardens are a 13 hectare treasure trove of trees, shrubs and flowers set out in Victorian inspired “rooms” linked together by beautiful walkways. The gardens are a lovely place to take the family or join friends for a picnic, a bit of leisure, recreation and relaxation.
Canopies of mature trees create a variety of intimate spaces filled with themed plantings and linked by pathways that meander around streams and ponds providing a tranquil experience for visitors.
The Gardens are open seven days per week and entry is free. Oamaru Public Gardens gardens are smoke-free. Dogs on leashes are welcome.
Public toilet facilities available.
Entrances on Severn, Isis and Chelmer Sts with most parking available at Chelmer St entrance.
In 2021, the Oamaru Public Gardens have received a 5 star ‘Garden of National Significance’ rating.