Natwick Photography (Natasha ‘Natwick’ Chadwick) has declared Oamaru New Zealand’s best kept secret and a photographer’s paradise:
Heading to New Zealand’s south island for a photographic sojourn, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better location to shoot and to relax than Oamaru. A small harbour side town, located approximately three hours south of Christchurch on the East coast, is a photographer’s paradise. . .
She also rates it as one of the most photographic places in the world:
This vintage town provides spectacular backdrops in abundance whether you’re shooting portraits, streetscapes, movies or wildlife. Around every corner is a setting worthy of a photograph. Having travelled much of the world taking pictures, I rate Oamaru in my top ten for destinations to photograph. It’s up there with New York, Cuba, New Orleans, Prague, Paris and Sydney. . .
I spent my days there photographing the streets, the buildings and the marina. And, of an evening I did timed-exposures of the harbour, much to the disgust of the local penguin colony which came to shore and nestled in the rocks or beneath overturned beached dinghies at night – right where I happened to position my tripod. I sat there beneath the twilight blue evening sky, photographing boats on a still harbour, listening to the gentle cries of penguins – it was a magical experience.
Oamaru is a place of strong lines and much character as you’ll see from my collection of photos. In only two days I captured hundreds of images and could have taken more. One thing it guarantees, I will return. And if not for the pictures, I’ll go back for the best fudge and whisky tastings New Zealand has to offer. Need I say more! . . .
Clicking on the link at the top of the page will allow you to see some of the photos she took.