Oamaru Backpackers
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Oamaru Backpackers

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4.5
#1 of 3 special B&Bs in Oamaru
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
We are a refurbished backpackers with funky decor and stylish rooms. We have great backpacker accommodation with brand new built-in wooden bunks each one with individual curtains,light and a USB port. We also have a variety of other rooms for everyone from solo traveler to family. With great views from our common areas, free WiFi and a simple complementary breakfast for all our guests we are great value for money.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Non-smoking hotel
Shared kitchen
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
Street parking
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Shared lounge / TV area
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Great View
Charming

Location

47 Tees Street, Oamaru 9400 New Zealand
Getting there
Good for walkers
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Grade: 82 out of 100
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Bayjb wrote a review Feb 2020
Milwaukee, Wisconsin344 contributions186 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The charm and decor at this hostel is amazing. It’s so homey and cute, it’s a great place as a home base in Oamaru.

The hostel is a home converted in to a hostel and there is only one dorm and about six private rooms. The dorm is comfortable, with USB outlets and lights at every bed. And even a sink in the room.

Beds are pretty comfortable but a bit hard. Showers have good pressure but not great temp control.

WiFi is also strong overall but anytime your phone goes to sleep you have to log in again.

Kitchen is pretty well equipped but there is very minimal fridge space. That’s something I hope they can improve on because it gets full very fast or doesn’t close completely because it’s so full.

Views from the hostel of the ocean and sunrise are incredible and the wall of windows really lets it shine. Close to the two penguin colonies too and great street parking.

Stayed for four nights and loved the city. Highly recommend going over a weekend. Would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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MichJ wrote a review Jul 2021
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved this hostel, very clean and tidy. Great location for walking into town and the waterfront. We loved the Scotts brewery! and The Last Post for dinner. Breakfast supplied was nice, I do prefer whole meal bread and my family are lactose intolerant so we supplied our own milk. Owner was friendly. Loved the ensuite room, just enough room for the 3 of us for 2 nights, wished we could have stayed longer. Was a little cooler than we are used to in Auckland but the hallway was heated and we had an adequate heater in our room, just kitchen and family room a bit cool first thing in the morning. My husband left 4 bottles of beer (by accident), enjoy!
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The shared bathrooms could be busy when lots of guests so choose the ensuite room
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Fran wrote a review Feb 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely big room with an industrial sea view. Awesome location within walking distance to lots of cafes, a brewery, the wharf and beach, Steampunk Museum and the awesome Oamaru Botanical Gardens. Amazing facilities and large common areas with lovely big windows out to the ocean.
Vege garden and glasshouse in front of the property, and we were encouraged to help ourselves to fresh produce by the very kind and welcoming owner.

Thanks so much for having us!
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Date of stay: February 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Tess M wrote a review Nov 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the nicest hostel I've ever experienced. The entire hostel was tidy and equipped with everything for a really enjoyable stay. We had a nice view of the bay, the bed and pillows were very comfortable, and the hosts were incredibly kind. Would definitely go back, and recommend to anyone looking for a stay in Oamaru!
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Fanette D wrote a review Aug 2020
6 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed with a friend for one night and we really liked our stay at the Oamaru Backpackers ! The hostel is cozy, very clean and well located. The view from the kitchen guarantees a very nice breakfast time. We were welcomed by Graeme, who was very nice and particularly attentive to his guests. We had a wonderful time there !
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Kate F wrote a review Sept 2023
175 contributions21 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I had a single room which was warm and comfortable. Curtains instead of sheers would have been helpful as I was woken earlier than expected due to the light. The amenities were clean, plenty of instructions and easy to use. Would stay here again. The entrance and room code worked perfectly.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: I parked on the street as I arrived late
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bluechamberpot wrote a review Jan 2023
Horley, United Kingdom14 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Spent last night at this backpacker hostel, I paid for an en suite room which was spotlessly clean and tidy. Security was good as we're the facilities. The hostel is positioned very central to the town with a fantastic view over the Harbour. Highly recommended
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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leigh69_13 wrote a review Nov 2022
Auckland, New Zealand195 contributions104 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Outstanding double room with shared bathroom. The hostel is fantastic the decorations are wonderful
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Wonderful kitchen and dining area. Good parking and close to town. Comfortable bed and awesome pillows
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Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Very close to awesome penguin experience
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Cruiser683857 wrote a review 5 May
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Awesome stay. Clean comfortable rooms, amazing, well-stocked kitchen with lots of available breakfast food. Outside fruit trees. Quiet vicinity with only a short walk to town or the waterfront. Loved my accommodation and will definitely return.
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Date of stay: May 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jeremy S wrote a review Apr 2018
Canmore, Canada56 contributions46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was my only accomodation i didnt book on my travels. My travel friends had a booking, i walked in and was lucky to get one of the last beds. The rooms were big enough and the beds had a privacy curtain. The beds were some of the most comfy ive had over most hostels. I found it more of a bed and breakfast over a hostel. The free breakfast is toast but still is convenient for anyone staying. I would stay here again.
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Date of stay: April 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Kate F wrote a tip Sept 2023
175 contributions21 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"I parked on the street as I arrived late"
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leigh69_13 wrote a tip Nov 2022
Auckland, New Zealand195 contributions104 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Very close to awesome penguin experience"
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MichJ wrote a tip Jul 2021
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The shared bathrooms could be busy when lots of guests so choose the ensuite room"
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Hannah Angelides wrote a tip Aug 2019
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Whatever is in your budget"
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Kim O wrote a tip Apr 2017
Christchurch, New Zealand105 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The family room with private bathroom was spacious and had its own TV."
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PRICE RANGE
$111 - $122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandOtago RegionOamaru
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about Oamaru Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Oamaru Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Oamaru's Victorian Precinct (0.3 km), Whitestone City (0.3 km), and Steampunk HQ (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Oamaru Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Oamaru Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Oamaru Backpackers?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Oamaru Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cucina, Scotts Brewing Co, and The Last Post Pub & Restaurant.
Is Oamaru Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Oamaru.
Are any cleaning services offered at Oamaru Backpackers?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Oamaru Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Totara Estate (5.5 km).
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