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Oban is a small town located on Stewart Island, which is the third-largest island of New Zealand. It is situated on the northern tip of the island, on Halfmoon Bay. Oban is the only settlement on Stewart Island, and is home to around 400 people.

The town is surrounded by beautiful forests, beaches, and hills, and is a popular destination for tourists looking for a peaceful and tranquil getaway. The local landscape is filled with lush native plants, birds, and wildlife. There are also plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, such as fishing, kayaking, and hiking.

Oban has a rich history, with the first settlers arriving in the late 1800s. The town was officially founded in 1894, and the first post office opened in 1895. In the early 1900s, the town was a major hub for the fishing industry, and the local economy was largely dependent on the industry.

In the 1920s and 1930s, Oban was a popular holiday destination for New Zealanders, and the town was home to many stores, hotels, and restaurants. The town's popularity declined in the 1940s, however, when the fishing industry began to decline.

Today, Oban is a popular tourist destination, with visitors coming to enjoy the beautiful landscape, wildlife, and outdoor activities. The town is also home to many cultural events and festivals throughout the year, such as the Oban Music Festival, the Oban Festival of Light, and the Oban Summer Festival.

Excursion tips for a day in Oban

Oban is a small town located on Stewart Island, off the southern coast of New Zealand. With its stunning scenery, diverse wildlife, and friendly locals, it is the perfect place to spend a day exploring. Here are some activities to enjoy while visiting Oban:

1. Visit Ulva Island: Take a guided tour of Ulva Island, a nature reserve with a diverse range of birdlife, lush vegetation, and stunning views.

2. Take a Kayak Tour: Explore the waterways of Oban by kayak, and take in the stunning scenery from a unique perspective.

3. Go Fishing: Oban is a great spot for fishing, with plenty of species to target.

4. Visit the Oban Museum: Learn about the history of Oban and the surrounding area at the Oban Museum.

5. Go Hiking: Take a hike through the native bush and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding area.

6. Visit the Local Cafes and Restaurants: Enjoy the local cuisine at one of Oban's many cafes and restaurants.

7. Take a Boat Tour: Enjoy a boat tour of Oban's stunning coastline and take in the scenery from the sea.

8. Visit the Wildlife Centre: Learn about the local wildlife at the Oban Wildlife Centre.

9. Enjoy the Beaches: Spend some time relaxing on the beach and take in the stunning views.

10. Go Bird Watching: Oban is a great spot for bird watching, with plenty of species to spot.

Experience Oban with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Oban. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Oban

Oban in New Zealand has a temperate climate with mild temperatures throughout the year. In the summer months, temperatures range from 12-20°C, while in the winter months they range from 6-14°C. The spring and autumn months bring temperatures in the mid-teens. Rainfall is fairly evenly spread throughout the year, though it is slightly higher in the winter months. Snow is rare, but not unheard of, in the winter months. Overall, Oban has a pleasant climate with mild temperatures and moderate rainfall throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Oban

Our weather forecast for Oban helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Dec. 4th 2023 Dec. 4th 2023 max: 11.1 °C
min: 8.5 °C
30.2 m/s
37.8 m/s
53.9 %
24.1 m
59.2 %
1,014 hPa
Dec. 5th 2023 Dec. 5th 2023 max: 11.7 °C
min: 7.6 °C
18.4 m/s
15.8 m/s
56.1 %
24.1 m
68.3 %
1,018 hPa
Dec. 6th 2023 Dec. 6th 2023 max: 12.8 °C
min: 9.8 °C
25.9 m/s
43.6 m/s
95.4 %
22.5 m
81.1 %
1,007 hPa
Dec. 7th 2023 Dec. 7th 2023 max: 13.0 °C
min: 10.7 °C
34.9 m/s
49.0 m/s
54.6 %
24.1 m
72.1 %
1,008 hPa
Dec. 8th 2023 Dec. 8th 2023 max: 14.7 °C
min: 11.7 °C
46.8 m/s
71.6 m/s
92.9 %
23.3 m
80.6 %
1,011 hPa
Dec. 9th 2023 Dec. 9th 2023 max: 14.4 °C
min: 12.2 °C
32.0 m/s
47.0 m/s
94.7 %
20.7 m
83.4 %
1,005 hPa
Dec. 10th 2023 Dec. 10th 2023 max: 13.8 °C
min: 10.5 °C
26.3 m/s
46.8 m/s
99.8 %
24.0 m
72.3 %
1,012 hPa
Dec. 11th 2023 Dec. 11th 2023 max: 11.1 °C
min: 10.1 °C
13.0 m/s
14.8 m/s
100.0 %
12.8 m
90.9 %
1,018 hPa
Dec. 12th 2023 Dec. 12th 2023 max: 18.5 °C
min: 11 °C
47.9 m/s
76.3 m/s
94.4 %
17.7 m
81.5 %
1,015 hPa
Dec. 13th 2023 Dec. 13th 2023 max: 16.2 °C
min: 9.6 °C
50.4 m/s
67.7 m/s
84.9 %
21.7 m
72.1 %
1,009 hPa
Dec. 14th 2023 Dec. 14th 2023 max: 13.1 °C
min: 9.6 °C
34.6 m/s
56.5 m/s
18.8 %
24.1 m
64.4 %
1,020 hPa
Dec. 15th 2023 Dec. 15th 2023 max: 16.2 °C
min: 11.9 °C
33.2 m/s
55.3 m/s
11.0 %
24.1 m
66.8 %
1,021 hPa
Dec. 16th 2023 Dec. 16th 2023 max: 16.2 °C
min: 11 °C
16.2 m/s
25.6 m/s
87.2 %
24.1 m
74.4 %
1,018 hPa
Dec. 17th 2023 Dec. 17th 2023 max: 14.4 °C
min: 10.5 °C
38.5 m/s
53.3 m/s
65.4 %
21.6 m
77.3 %
1,009 hPa

Cruises to Oban

Would you like to travel to Oban on a cruise ship or would you just like to know when a certain ship will dock there? Here you will find an overview of the cruise ships that will be calling at the port of Oban.

Scheduled ship calls in Oban, New Zealand
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Dec. 16th 2023 Saturday, 16th of Dec. 2023 Seabourn Odyssey 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Dec. 30th 2023 Saturday, 30th of Dec. 2023 Seabourn Odyssey 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 15th 2024 Monday, 15th of Jan. 2024 Seabourn Odyssey 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 29th 2024 Monday, 29th of Jan. 2024 Seabourn Odyssey 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Feb. 23rd 2024 Friday, 23rd of Feb. 2024 MS Europa 2 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 17th 2024 Sunday, 17th of Nov. 2024 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 21st 2024 Thursday, 21st of Nov. 2024 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 28th 2024 Thursday, 28th of Nov. 2024 Seabourn Odyssey 08:00 am 03:00 pm
Dec. 10th 2024 Tuesday, 10th of Dec. 2024 MS Europa 2 10:00 am 06:00 pm
Dec. 14th 2024 Saturday, 14th of Dec. 2024 Scenic Eclipse II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 16th 2024 Monday, 16th of Dec. 2024 Seabourn Odyssey 09:00 am 05:00 pm
Dec. 30th 2024 Monday, 30th of Dec. 2024 Seabourn Odyssey 09:00 am 03:00 pm
Jan. 17th 2025 Friday, 17th of Jan. 2025 Seabourn Odyssey 09:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 31st 2025 Friday, 31st of Jan. 2025 Seabourn Odyssey 08:00 am 03:00 pm

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