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Northstar Motel
Oamaru North,Oamaru - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Luggage storage
  4. Contactless check-in/out
  5. Game room
  6. Bar
  7. Laundry service
  8. Restaurants
"When we arrived there was a problem with our booking which was immediately sorted by the staff finding alternative accommodation in the town centre. We were welcomed back the following day with chocolates and wine as compensation. The staff could not have been more apologetic or contrite;they did all they could to make us welcome. The room was large, well furnished, clean and well equipped. It has a restaurant and bar attached with a very good and reasonably priced menu. Whilst being about two kilometres from the town centre it was on the main road through and easy to find. Driving in and parking w ere no problem. There was a supermarket and several cafes and eateries closeby. I would have no hesitation in re booking."
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8.8

Excellent

184 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 114
Empire Hotel Backpackers
South Hill,Oamaru - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Luggage storage
  4. Game room
  5. Laundry service
  6. Wi-Fi in public areas
  7. Family room
  8. Smoking area
"GREAT location; walkable to the best of Dunedin; easy to find on main street, but still quiet; friendly and helpful manager by the name of "Love-leen” (sorry, I don't know the proper spelling)."
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8.7

Excellent

95 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 40
Colonial Lodge Motel
Oamaru North,Oamaru - View on map
  1. Pets allowed
  2. Car park
  3. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  4. Luggage storage
  5. Contactless check-in/out
  6. Laundry service
  7. Restaurants
  8. Room service
"Wonderful stay, very spacious and clean, one of the best motels we have stayed in in Oamaru. The check in, check out was a breeze. Value for money."
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8.5

Excellent

88 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 118
Brydone Hotel Oamaru
South Hill,Oamaru - View on map
  1. Bicycle rental
  2. Car park
  3. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  4. Front desk [24-hour]
  5. Luggage storage
  6. Coffee shop
  7. Bar
  8. Laundry service
"We came down for a family 21st birthday. Our room was perfect for what we needed. We got to enjoy the steampunk festival. Thee was also a car rally going on that stayed at The Brydone. So we were able to see all the car's. The people in Oamaru were all friendly. Even thou we were tavelling in our iwn vehicle. The Bydone was so central that we could walk to mjst of yge places we were going.. will definitely stay again. "
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8.3

Excellent

201 reviews

AAA Thames Court Motel
Oamaru North,Oamaru - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. BBQ facilities
  4. Luggage storage
  5. Contactless check-in/out
  6. Laundry service
  7. Tours
  8. Wi-Fi in public areas
"AAA Thames Court Motel is a very modern and new motel and the city of Oamaru. The facilities are well maintained and we enjoyed our stay very much. "
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8.9

Excellent

241 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 97
Oamaru Backpackers
South Hill,Oamaru - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Luggage storage
  4. Contactless check-in/out
  5. Fitness center
  6. Game room
  7. Laundry service
  8. Wi-Fi in public areas
"I've been traveling around New Zealand for two months and so far, this is my favourite hostel. It's small and feels likd home, staff is really friendly, morning sunrise views from the large windows are fabulous. And there's breakfast! Everything is clean and tidy and the dormroom has the best pod bunks I've seen - they're made of sturdy wood, so they make no noise and look great too. Every pod has a curtain, a light and a usb-charging station. The only downsides were that the lounge is very cold (it was the end of autumn) and the front door was usually unlocked. Since the dormroom isn't locked, it's a potential security issue. Then again there are lockers for valuables and since this place is very small, you'll recognise every face."
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9.2

Exceptional

195 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 73
Heritage Court Motor Lodge Oamaru
Oamaru North,Oamaru - View on map
  1. Pets allowed
  2. Car park
  3. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  4. Luggage storage
  5. Spa
  6. Bar
  7. Laundry service
  8. Restaurants
"My mother and I loved staying there lovely clean modern rooms "
8.4

Excellent

63 reviews

Oamaru TOP 10 Holiday Park
South Hill,Oamaru - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. BBQ facilities
  4. Luggage storage
  5. Hot tub
  6. Bicycles
  7. Laundry service
  8. Safety deposit boxes
"First thing first. The staff was friendly, and was very helpful booking the blue penguin tour tickets for us. The location was acceptable, and we could quickly drove to the town center and the blue penguin observatory. That's pretty much the good side I would say about this place. The "deluxe" room was a bit small, and we could especially feel the pressure when we travelled with lots of belongings. In addition, they only provided soaps by default, and no shampoo at all. Never mind, because they didn't have a hair dryer in room either, so we could save our work washing our hairs. Anyway, if you just come here with your own camping car, you'll probably be happy, especially because they have the Oamaru Garden right next to their site. However, if you're looking for a warm comfortable place after hanging around the city all day long, you should go somewhere else."
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8.7

Excellent

103 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 86
Poshtel
South Hill,Oamaru - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. Luggage storage
  4. Bar
  5. Laundry service
  6. Wi-Fi in public areas
  7. Family room
  8. Daily housekeeping
"If you are going to Oamaru and want to be in the centre of town, then this is a quirky and stylish place to stay. Themed rooms that have en-suite bathrooms , and a very welcoming staff. The continental breakfast is also very good. "
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9.4

Exceptional

58 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 169
THE MEWS Oamaru
Oamaru North,Oamaru - View on map
  1. Car park
  2. Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  3. BBQ facilities
  4. Luggage storage
  5. Check-in/out [private]
  6. Laundry service
  7. Room service
  8. Safety deposit boxes
"Cosy and amazing! Our favourite hotel in our whole trip. And Comet was just adorable! Very spacious. Has a room heater as well as bathroom heater. Comes with a bathtub, facial cleanser, body gel, shampoo and moisturizer! The bed is very comfortable, also has 2 armchairs and a little balcony. Good selection of TV channels as also DVDs from the reception. Well-equipped kitchenette, they gave us a small bottle of milk unlike others who gave milk pods. Located very near the whitestone cheese factory, and about 5mins drive to town centre. Only gripe was the curtains were not black-out curtains, otherwise this place is perfect! "
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8.2

Excellent

35 reviews

Avg price per night
$ 125

Fast facts about Oamaru, New Zealand

Accommodations80 properties
Popular hotelPoshtel
Popular areaSouth Hill
Nightly rates from$21

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Frequently asked questions

What's the average price of a hotel in Oamaru?

The typical price for a 3-star hotel in Oamaru is USD 90. The average price for a 4-star hotel in Oamaru is USD 95. The average price for a 5-star resort in Oamaru is USD 297.

What are the recommended hotels located in Oamaru intended for single visitors?

Hotels located in Oamaru which are well rated by single visitors are AAA Thames Court Motel, Oamaru Backpackers and Empire Hotel Backpackers.

What are the prime resorts in Oamaru for business travelers?

Accommodations located in Oamaru which are exceptionally rated by business travelers are AAA Thames Court Motel, Oamaru Backpackers and Empire Hotel Backpackers.

What hotels around Oamaru are highly rated regarding location?

Propertiesaround Oamaru which is very highly rated with respect to location include The Vicarage Boutique Bed and Breakfast Oamaru, Hello Seaview! 4 BRs House in Central Location! and Fantail Cottage.

What hotels in Oamaru are very highly rated with respect to room comfort and quality?

Propertiesfound in Oamaru that is highly rated with respect to room comfort and quality include Coastal Accommodation, ASURE Ambassador Motor Lodge and Northstar Motel.

What resorts found in Oamaru are highly rated with regards to service?

Propertieslocated in Oamaru which is well rated for service include Affordable On Arun, Accommodation at Lakeside and Merrybrook Studio.

What are the most appropriate hotels found in Oamaru which have restaurants?

Properties which have restaurants located Oamaru that are well rated include Oamaru House Bed and Breakfast, Casa Nova House and Casa Nova House.

What are the preferred places to stay in Oamaru which have bars?

Hotels which have bars around Oamaru that are exceptionally rated include Pen-y-bryn Lodge, Pen-y-bryn Lodge and Pen-y-bryn Lodge.

Where can I book rooms in Oamaru that has free cancellation policy?

Yes, you’ll find most hotel rooms provide free cancellation rates, in which you will receive a full refund if you cancel prior to the deadline. Filter your search by free cancellation to find flexible hotel deals in Oamaru.

When should I visit Oamaru?

Last year, Oamaru received its most visitors during the month of February. In spite of this, make sure to consider other months during which there are fewer guests, as the most popular destinations will be less crowded.

How long should I plan my stay in Oamaru?

In the past 3 months, vacationers spend time in Oamaru for 1 nights on average. The optimal length for your travel will be determined by what you want to see and explore while there.

Is quarantine expected for unvaccinated visitors to enter Oamaru?

Quarantine may be required for unvaccinated foreigners to enter Oamaru from outside the country. For updated and in depth information on travel restrictons, please check out the official websites of the travel authority or government of the country you wish to travel to, or go to here.

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More about Oamaru

Discover the Hidden Gems: Fun Facts About Oamaru, New Zealand

Oamaru is a charming town located on the South Island of New Zealand, known for its picturesque Victorian architecture, stunning coastline, and unique attractions. But did you know that Oamaru is also home to the world's smallest penguin species, the Little Blue Penguin? Visitors can watch these cute creatures waddle up the beach at dusk from a specially built viewing platform. Another fun fact about Oamaru is that it is the Steampunk capital of New Zealand, with a vibrant and creative community that celebrates the Victorian era with a futuristic twist.

Top Reasons to Visit Oamaru: A Must-See Destination in New Zealand

Oamaru is a must-see destination for travelers visiting New Zealand. The town is a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Visitors can explore the historic precinct, which is home to some of the best-preserved Victorian buildings in New Zealand, including the Oamaru Opera House and the Forrester Gallery. The Steampunk HQ is another unique attraction that showcases the creativity and ingenuity of the local community. Oamaru is also a gateway to some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand, including the Moeraki Boulders and the Otago Peninsula.

How to Get to Oamaru: Your Ultimate Travel Guide

Oamaru is easily accessible by road, rail, and air. The town is located on State Highway 1, which runs the length of the South Island, making it easy to reach by car or bus. The nearest airport is Dunedin International Airport, which is approximately one hour's drive from Oamaru. Visitors can also take the scenic Taieri Gorge Railway from Dunedin to Oamaru, which is a popular tourist attraction in its own right.

Unleash Your Inner Explorer: Fun Things to Do in Oamaru

There are plenty of fun things to do in Oamaru, whether you're a history buff, a nature lover, or an adventure seeker. The historic precinct is a great place to start, with its beautifully preserved Victorian architecture and fascinating museums. Visitors can also take a tour of the town's many art galleries and studios, or explore the Steampunk HQ for a taste of the town's creative side. For nature lovers, the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony is a must-visit, as is the nearby Moeraki Boulders, a collection of massive spherical rocks that have been eroded into strange and fascinating shapes by the sea.

Why Book with Agoda.com: The Best Hotels in Oamaru

Agoda.com offers a wide range of hotels in Oamaru to suit every budget and preference. Whether you're looking for a luxury boutique hotel or a budget-friendly hostel, Agoda.com has got you covered. Some of the top-rated hotels in Oamaru include THE MEWS Oamaru, Oamaru Backpackers, Poshtel, Oamaru Motor Lodge, and Alma Motel. These hotels offer comfortable and stylish accommodation, as well as a range of amenities and services to make your stay in Oamaru as enjoyable as possible.

The Best Time to Visit Oamaru: A Seasonal Guide

The best time to visit Oamaru depends on your interests and preferences. The summer months (December to February) are the busiest and most popular time to visit, with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. This is a great time to explore the town's many outdoor attractions, such as the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony and the Moeraki Boulders. The autumn months (March to May) are also a great time to visit, with cooler temperatures and beautiful fall foliage. The winter months (June to August) can be chilly, but they offer a unique opportunity to see the Little Blue Penguins in their natural habitat. The spring months (September to November) are a great time to visit if you want to see the town's gardens and parks in bloom.

Expert Tips for Travelers: How to Make the Most Out of Your Oamaru Trip

To make the most out of your Oamaru trip, it's important to plan ahead and do your research. Some of the top tips for travelers include booking your accommodation in advance to ensure availability, packing warm clothing if you're visiting in the winter months, and bringing a good camera to capture the stunning scenery. It's also a good idea to book your activities and tours in advance to avoid disappointment, especially during the busy summer months. Finally, be sure to sample some of the local cuisine, such as fresh seafood and artisanal cheeses, which are a highlight of the region.

Where to Stay in Oamaru: Accommodation Options for Every Budget

Oamaru offers a range of accommodation options to suit every budget and preference. For budget-conscious travelers, the Oamaru Backpackers and Poshtel offer affordable and comfortable dormitory-style accommodation. For those looking for a bit more luxury, the Alma Motel and Oamaru Motor Lodge offer stylish and modern rooms with a range of amenities and services. THE MEWS Oamaru is a popular choice for travelers who want to stay in a historic building with plenty of character and charm.

Taste the Flavors of Oamaru: What to Eat in this Charming New Zealand Town

Oamaru is a foodie's paradise, with plenty of delicious and unique culinary experiences to be had. Visitors can sample fresh seafood, including crayfish, salmon, and blue cod, which are caught locally and prepared to perfection. Artisanal cheeses are also a highlight of the region, with several local cheese factories offering tastings and tours. For a sweet treat, be sure to try the famous Whitestone Cheese ice cream, which is made with locally sourced ingredients and is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

Getting Around Oamaru: Transportation Options for Tourists

Oamaru is a small town that is easy to explore on foot. However, if you want to venture further afield, there are several transportation options available. Rental cars and bicycles are available for hire in the town, and there are several local tour operators that offer guided tours of the region. The Taieri Gorge Railway is a popular tourist attraction that offers a scenic and historic journey from Dunedin to Oamaru, and there are also regular bus services that connect Oamaru to other towns and cities in the region.