Kia Ora, Hello
We have been established since October 2013 in the heart of the Historic Victorian Precinct in Ōamaru, Waitaki on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The store is a former agricultural warehouse, so we have an amazing space for browsing in person, but if you can’t do that at the moment, just get a feel of some of our great New Zealand made and designed gift ideas here on this site.
Thanks for visiting us, as you’ll find out Presence on Harbour, is not your usual souvenir and gift shop. Late in 2020 we were evaluated by Qualmark and now hold the Silver level of certification under the Sustainable Tourism Business criteria - our team is proud of this achievement.
We are always working on ways to be more sustainable and offering NZ made gifts. This means we are helping the local New Zealand economy and keeping transport miles lower. Many of the gifts are made from natural materials produced right here in Aotearoa – wool, wood, ceramics from our clay and sand and of course, Ōamaru stone. We have items made from upcycled materials too.
You must visit us to see the unique situation of the store and the wide variety of NZ made gifts, clothing and artwork from NZ artists that we have to show you, including Kiwiana and NZ icons, like Buzzy Bee and Tin Man, plus we have a large selection of Children's books from babies and older, including many in te reo Māori. This site just shows a small collection of what’s on offer.
Our local, friendly team look forward to seeing you soon when you can visit Ōamaru – do also look out for Ruby, our VW Beetle.
iconic NZ landscape artists including Diana Adams, Mike Glover, Ester Dexter, Graham Young and Jo May. Also, work by Angie Dennis, Bridget Hall, Glenn Jones and Tara Cassidy, plus, local artists, including Jackie Bird.
We are an official partner of the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail and are conveniently located near the finish of the trail. When you cycle this trail you will see what a picturesque district the Waitaki is with snow topped mountains, clear blue lakes, dams, vineyards, farms and amazing wildife.
Personal Locator Beacons
As a partner with the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail we are now a location for hiring and the returning of personal locator beacons from Southern Locator Beacons.
Call in to drop off your hired beacon, or hire one for your next adventure within the South Island. You can hire for one day, three days, a week or more.
For more information check out https://www.locatorbeacons.co.nz/
Our amazing region from beautiful mountains and clear sparkling lakes to our picturesque coast, with the townships of Kakanui, Hampden & Moeraki. Also the Waitaki Whitestone Geopark, has plenty of ideas to see this land of geological and cultural marvels steeped in ancient history. Check them out at www.whitestonegeopark.nz
Having spent my early working life in hospitality and tourism, I have currently put my stamp on the souvenir/gift shop concept here in Ōamaru, I just love sourcing the creative gifts that Kiwis can produce, there are so many talented people out there, I’ve even written 2 Children’s Books about a Little Blue Penguin, called Percy, after he came to visit us in the store…..