Oamaru Harbour is being rediscovered.
In its hey day in the late 1800s and early last century it was a bustling port.
Even 50 years ago, it still had regular visits from ships taking freight in and out.
The safe bay was also popular with families and it has stayed as a harbour for fishing and leisure boats.
But over the years the harbour closed to shipping and nature’s impact made the beach less hospitable.
Then the world discovered the little blue penguins which nest around the harbour and the town capitalised on the tourist potential.
Businesses followed – craftspeople, a restaurant, a cafe and over the last year or so a steampunk themed playground has been developed.
It’s being opened at 5:30 this evening.