Chillawhile Backpackers Art Gallery - Age Restricted Hostel, Oamaru

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Chill-A-While featured on Getaway Australia as Oamaru's creative destination for artists and musicians and is highly recommended by Lonely Planet as one of NZ's best and most unique hostels.

Lonely Planet review

Unleash your creative spirit at this funky and colourful hostel in a restored two-storey Victorian residence. Guests are encouraged to draw and paint, or create sweet soul music on the hostel's guitars, pianos, didgeridoo and African drums. With all that creative energy, there's definitely a laidback social vibe, and Chillawhile is one of NZ's best and most unique hostels.

Free off street parking, secured bike shelters and bike hire, ZENBU WiFi, Age Restricted Dorms, Heated Rooms, Atomic Shuttle Bus Service drop off and pick up at Chillawhile.

We are a 6-minute drive to the Little Blue Penguin Colony, 10-minute drive to the Yellow Eyed Penguins.

Official Check-in 4pm-8pm, Late check-out 11am - late self check ins are possible for our private rooms advance payment is required, free luggage storage for guests arriving early by bus.

Chillawhile Backpackers Art Gallery is a small hostel in a two-storey Victorian residence; there are 6 sleeping rooms with 29 beds all beds are fully made, 3 communal kitchens, lounge, dining room, art gallery and music room. Bathrooms and Toilets are on both floors.

Booking Desk: WiFi vouchers, evening penguin viewings, bike hire, atomic shuttle and penguin express tours, Elephant Rocks climbing and cycle tours.

We accept cash or credit card, credit card payments incur a 5% additional charge and there is a cash machine across the road.

Zenbu WiFi is available in vouchers of 200MB $2 and 1GB $5 - We promote a social interactive environment - which means the Internet is not free.

24/7 coin operated Laundry Facilities, washing machine and dryer.

Age restricted dormitory rooms 18 years to 38 years.

Hostel age restricted 50 years and under.

No age restrictions for families staying in our family room.

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Location and Contact


• Location
• Oamaru, the renowned blue penguin and yellow-eyed penguin sanctuary, is central to the South Island on the East Coast of New Zealand, 3 hours south of Christchurch and 1 hour 20 minutes North of Dunedin.
• From Oamaru you can enoy a daytrip to Elephant Rocks by Duntroon and visit the Vanished World Centre. Take an evening trip to Moeraki Boulders, visit Light House Road to see Yellow Eyed Penguins and seals, relax in top NZ restaruant Fleurs Place in Moeraki, catch live music at the world renond Penguin Club.
• From North SH1 (Christchurch and Timaru)
• Go 3 blocks past New World Supermarket, first right (Frome Street) after Four Square and before Roberts park.
• From South SH1 (Dunedin)
• Take SH1/Thames St north for 1km through Oamaru.
• Frome Street is first left after Roberts park and
• before the Four Square supermarket.
• Directions / How to find Chillawile hostel
• We are located in the North End behind Roberts Park and are viewable from the Thames Highway, across the road from the Post Office, Public Pay Phone, Chemist/Pharmacy and ATM Money Machine. We are a 5-minute drive into the centre of town or a 25-minute walk; taxis from the bus are about $10
• Bus Services Christchurch to Oamaru and Dunedin to Oamaru



Address: 1 Frome Street, Oamaru, New Zealand

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Phone Number: 03 437 0168
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Facilities and Amenities

Family-Friendly Hostel

Solo Traveller


Luggage Storage


Bike Rental ($5 per hour)

Towels ($2)

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons ($2 - $5)

Wi-Fi in Rooms ($2 - $5)

BBQ Grill

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hot Showers

Jobs/Work Available



Lounge Area

Outdoor Seating

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms

Airport Pickup


Lockers in Rooms

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals


Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: 50

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): 18

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 11:00 (11 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited whilst working in Oamaru

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: Reception Check in time is 4pm - 8pm

Size: Small (less than 30 beds)


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