Oamaru Public Gardens


The Garden

The Oamaru Public Gardens have a special place the heart of the community and are renowned for their beauty. 

Established in 1876 the gardens encompass 13 hectares of magnificent trees and plantings that have an air of maturity greatly enhanced by the water features along the Oamaru Creek’s original passage which meanders through the gardens.

Unique features include the Chinese Gardens, Craig Fountain and the famous Wonderland Statue created by a Scottish sculptor and gifted in 1926. Annual bedding displays colour the front lawn and an immaculate rose garden is a centrepiece alongside the Winter Display House.

There is much more of interest besides: a rhododendron dell and azalea lawn, a fernery in amongst a planting of New Zealand natives.  The distinctive Japanese Bridge over the Oamaru creek leads on to the Chinese Gardens, and the   playground and bird aviary are always popular with children.

The Gardens Pavilion, Band Rotunda and Gazebo are great venues for small events or picnics with an open air environment.

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Garden Details

Chelmer Street, Oamaru.

The gardens are in the centre of Oamaru with entrances off Chelmer Street and Severn Street.
+ 64 3 433 0300
Contact Person
Jane Matchett
Open every day.
Garden Size
13 hectares of magnificent trees, shrubberies, and flower beds.
Entry is free. Our gardens are smoke-free.
Brochure Available?
Pick up the Oamaru Public Gardens brochure at i-Sites or Council offices in either Oamaru or Palmerston.
There is a free carpark at the Chelmer Street entrance, near the children's playground. Other carparking can be found at the Severn Street entrance.
Cafe/Resaurant Available
Walk just 15 minutes and you'll find some great cafes in Oamaru's main street, Thames Street.
Seating can be found throughout the gardens. You'll also find a rotunda where you can relax and shelter from the sun.
There are many areas around the gardens ideal for picnics.
Wheelchair Access
The majority of paths are paved and wheelchair-friendly. There are some paths that are lightly gravelled.
Dogs Allowed
Yes but they must be on a lead. Dogs are not permitted within 10 metres of the children's playground.
Children Allowed
The children’s playground has entertained countless families over the years, and is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Along with an enticing array of play equipment and paddling pools there are public toilets and barbeques available for use.
The manicured grounds create a sense of tranquillity and calmness where you and your guests can gather for your special day.

Themed spaces under mature trees, filled with a variety of plants and flowers. These are just some of the wonderful features that will make an ideal setting for your wedding.
Function Center Available?
The Gardens Pavilion is available for functions. It has toilets and water but no power.