Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton officially opens the Oamaru
Victorian Heritage Celebrations. Photo by Andrew Ashton.
Oamaru's annual Victorian Heritage Celebrations and
Victorian Fete seem set to bring in bigger crowds than ever
over the next three days, after the number of people travelling
to Oamaru by train doubled from last year.
Yesterday, the Taieri Gorge Railway confirmed that 277 people
had booked seats to travel from Dunedin or Palmerston to
Oamaru for the Victorian Fete on Sunday.
Taieri Gorge Railway marketing manager Louise Burnside said
bookings for the 299-seat passenger train had benefited from
a 30% reduction in the train fare from $85 last year, to $59
return for adults travelling from Dunedin.
The train leaves Dunedin at 7.30am on Sunday and Palmerston
at 9am and will be met by people wearing Victorian costumes,
a highland pipe band and a film crew on arrival at the fete
A competition for people wearing Victorian costume on the
train trip to the Victorian Fete was being sponsored by the
Taieri Gorge Railway, Ms Burnside said.
Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton officially opened heritage
celebrations last night, and said the support being shown to
the event by visitors from both Dunedin and overseas was
"The heritage celebrations have a status now nationwide and
are recognised as the heritage celebrations to go to. We will
be getting a large number of overseas visitors and those
numbers are expanding each year.
"We look forward to another very successful four days of
heritage celebrations and, of course, the Victorian
celebrations on Sunday."
Tourism Waitaki events development officer Jan Kennedy said
about 2000 people were expected to attend the celebrations.