Waitaki Herald : October 15th 2014
36 WAITAKI HERALD, OCTOBER 15, 2014 Waitaki Herald reporter Nicola Wolfe hit the streets to ask tourists whether they agreed with Lonely Planet’s appraisal of Oamaru. Many said their first impression of town when they arrived was that it was ‘‘an interesting little town’’ and it was ‘‘very beautiful’’. James West, Michigan ‘‘Well, it’s one of the coolest. There are several places I really enjoy but Oamaru is one of the top.’’ Pat West, Michigan ‘‘We are having such a good time. I like the antique part of Oamaru – the old buildings make it a little more interesting.’’ Teresa, Canada ‘‘It’s interesting. I like how they’ve revitalised the areas into unique shops but kept the charm.’’ Stefan Ochsenkuhn, Munich, Germany ‘‘I’ve only been here an hour but it’s very beautiful. I’m looking forward to seeing the penguins.’’ Voxpop photos: NICOLA WOLFE/FAIRFAX NZ Oamaru crowned a cool ‘jewel’ Oamaru has been crowned New Zealand’s coolest town by the latest Lonely Planet travel book. The guide said many travellers visited Oamaru for the penguin colony but also mentioned the Victorian Precinct and its eccentric array of shops and galleries as highlights. Steampunk also got a mention. The announcement isn’t the first for Oamaru; Lonely Planet has favoured it in recent years and, last year, it was christened New Zealand’s sharpest town by Seven Sharp. Literacy North Otago manager Helen Jansen says the accolade is ‘‘wonderful’’ for Oamaru. ‘‘I think it’s an absolutely wonderful bit of publicity for the town,’’ she says. ‘‘That book goes around the world and comes back again.’’ She says there are many things in Oamaru that make it unique, including Steampunk, the A20 and the Blue Penguin Colony. ‘‘The i-Site works hard to promote the town,’’ she says. ‘‘Oamaru is a jewel with many interesting facets. Everywhere you look there’s something interesting.’’ Dynamic duo: Eleanoa Asi, 9, and Milly Matthews, 10, competed individually and as a duo in the competition. Glitz, glamour and the dance It was all glitter and sparkles at the Oamaru Opera House at the weekend. Tap dancers from Timaru, Oamaru and Dunedin gathered for the Oamaru Tap Dancing Association novice restricted competition. Nicola Wolfe went to check out the glamour, the costumes and the competition. Wonderful waltz : Rylee Boyle, 11, ready for the waltz competition. Stand out - Alana Bagley,15, dressed to impress for the competition. Bold and Bright: The costumes were bight and bold, showing lots of personality. Ceilidh Brookes, 15, Brooke Eckhardt, 16, Callie Mills, 15 pose for a photo following their performances. Family affair: Siblings Annabel, 8, Oliver, 6, and Lucy Barge, 10 from Timaru waiting back stage for their chance to shine. Mini tappers: Mya Baxter, 6, Neave Bruin, 8 and Hannah Bates, 8 pose backstage before their big performance.
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