Oamaru Public Gardens

Oamaru Public Gardens, established in 1876 is among the oldest in New Zealand. These gardens have a 5 star ‘Garden of Significance’ rating and have captivated and charmed visitors for over a century. 

An urban oasis reflecting the passion and vision of former curators, canopies of mature trees create a variety of tranquil spaces filled with themed plantings linked by pathways that meander around streams and ponds, providing relaxing places to unwind.

Location and hours

The gardens have entrances on Chelmer and Severn Streets, Oamaru. They are open seven days per week from dawn till dusk and entry is free. View on Google Maps

Entrance via Severn street (VR tour)



Entrance via Chelmer street


The brochure below shows access ways into and around the gardens, and significant features.


To book the Oamaru Public Gardens for a wedding or other event, please go to our Parks, gardens and reserves bookings page.


Oamaru Public Gardens boasts a treasure trove of natural and sculpted features. There are seated spaces for contemplation and perfect picnic spots everywhere. Some of the highlights are featured below: