3 Hostels in Oamaru, New Zealand

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Oamaru, New Zealand. You can choose from 3 Oamaru hostels. In total, there are 5 cheap places to stay in Oamaru such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $22 for a dorm.

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Get to know Oamaru (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Oamaru. To help you make friends with Oamaru before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 Get to know Oamaru (no more

Visiting Oamaru is like taking a step -- or two -- back in time. The first thing that strikes you about the city is its beautiful, rather grandiose nineteenth-century architecture. One of the most eye-catching buildings there is the Oamaru Opera House, where local and world-renowned operas, musicals, and other theatre acts are showcased. Be sure to visit it at night, for that's when it is lit up beautifully. For those who are enamoured of such architecture, take a walk down the Victorian Precinct to check out more of these old buildings, which also house shops, cafes, and galleries.

One thing you shouldn't miss out in Oamaru is penguin viewing. Yellow-eyed penguins are native to New Zealand and Oamaru is a good place to see them -- head to Bushy Beach to watch them in their natural habitat. Oamaru is also home to the Blue Penguin Colony -- you can choose to take a tour in the colony either in the day or at night. The best time to visit these tiny and adorable creatures would be between September and February. Alternatively, you might spot them at the beaches emerging from the water if you are lucky!

Other things to do in Oamaru include cheese-tasting at the Whitestone Cheese Factory, dining at Riverstone Kitchen, New Zealand's Restaurant of the Year 2011, and driving to Moeraki to visit the famous Moeraki Boulders, where one of the "Chronicles of Narnia" movies was filmed.

There are several hostels in Oamaru, a couple of which are in the heart of town or around it -- they offer convenience and are a good choice for travelers without their own form of transport. Some are situated further away from town, in more remote areas, surrounded by nature -- these places are harder to access but are great if you have your own transport. Despite being out of the way, they offer peace and tranquility and are places for weary travelers to rest their feet and recharge for the next leg of their journey.

Other Nearby Cities
Ranfurly Ranfurly (68 Km / 42 mi.)
Timaru Timaru (81 Km / 50 mi.)
Oturehua Oturehua (83 Km / 52 mi.)
Dunedin Dunedin (94 Km / 58 mi.)
Albury Albury (96 Km / 60 mi.)
Omarama Omarama (104 Km / 65 mi.)
Geraldine Geraldine (114 Km / 71 mi.)

FAQ about Oamaru Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Oamaru. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Oamaru. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

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FAQ about Oamaru Hostels

A hostel in Oamaru costs on average $22 for a dorm. A hostel in Oamaru with private rooms costs on average $51.

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Travel Tips for Oamaru - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Oamaru. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Oamaru. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

Oamaru is one of the quirkiest places one might ever encounter. You can ride Penny Farthings Bicycles -- do not miss it!


We found Oamaru to be a happy, friendly place full of history and we look foward to shifting there in the near future. I hope we can make a positive and creative addition to the community.


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Your Packing List for Oamaru

Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Oamaru and New Zealand.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Your Packing List for Oamaru