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Federation House B&B Inn

60 Tyne Street South Hill, Oamaru 9400 New Zealand

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#11 of 17 B&Bs in Oamaru
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Looking for a place to stay in Oamaru? Then look no further than Federation House B&B Inn, a budget friendly bed and breakfast that brings the best of Oamaru to your doorstep.

Rooms at Federation House B&B Inn provide a refrigerator, a kitchenette, and a desk, and guests can stay connected with free wifi.

In addition, while staying at Federation House B&B Inn guests have access to room service, outdoor furniture, and executive lounge access. Need a place to park? Free parking is available at Federation House B&B Inn.

For those interested in checking out popular landmarks while visiting Oamaru, Federation House B&B Inn is located a short distance from The Loft (0.4 mi) and Michael O'Brien Bookbinder (0.4 mi).

If you’re looking for an Italian restaurant, consider a visit to Asta la Pasta, which is not far from Federation House B&B Inn.

There is no shortage of things to do in the area: explore popular gardens such as Oamaru Public Gardens and Rockvale Gardens.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Federation House B&B Inn as you experience everything Oamaru has to offer.

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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Golf course
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Meeting rooms
Executive lounge access
Non-smoking hotel
Street parking
Internet
Outdoor furniture
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Private check-in / check-out
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Bathrobes
Desk
Room service
Clothes rack
Iron
Kitchenette
Extra long beds
Bath / shower
Microwave
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Electric blanket
Complimentary toiletries
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ashcb wrote a review Mar 2024
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It's a really amazing old building that feels like stepping back in time, with an incredible view of the town. It's a bit rough around the edges I suppose, but considering it's age, I'd say the place is in great condition. Great location too (unless you're walking and don't like hills).
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tania R wrote a review Mar 2024
Wellington, New Zealand35 contributions9 helpful votes
A slightly eccentric accommodation but comfortable and clean. This lovely house has had some DIY work to provide ensuites but they are quite serviceable. King sized bed was comfortable. Eclectic furnishings made for a slightly eccentric feel. Large lounge available for dining with pool table as well. Very comprehensive range of continental breakfast options. Biggest negative was necessity for entry via the host's kitchen area. Slightly chaotic outside area but on site parking available. Host very friendly and eager to chat.
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Abby L wrote a review Jan 2024
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Are you having a bit too much fun on your holiday and need somewhere to get that dirty, "ripped off" feeling? Longing to stay in what feels like a building site with a surly, unhelpful owner? Well, look no further than Federation House. Nice views and handy to town but the "continental breakfast" was toast, jam and rancid butter. There was wifi access...if you went out of your room and stood in the hallway to use it. Don't ask the owner for help with anything - he'll say he's "not an expert" in that, even if you're enquiring about things to do locally. He did not listen and was incredibly rude about other guests - I would not want my friends or family to stay there. Oh, and if you want to shower? Don't take room 5 because it has A LOT of black mould. Health hazard levels. Please beware. The photos look like "Victorian charm" but in reality it's tatty, grubby and unfriendly.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Room Tip: If in upstairs rooms, you need to stand in the hallway to get wifi.
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misswicky wrote a review Mar 2023
Perth, Australia52 contributions16 helpful votes
This is a refurbished old home with crazy decor. Whilst the rooms on the bottom floor were easier to access I would strongly advise anybody not to take the top story 3 rooms Our room was the fire exit for upstairs which was a small sliding window. If there was a fire I’m not sure how I would get out, I would probably slide down the iron roof onto ground below. We did notice there is a small ladder, but one has to get there first without falling. We believe there are real safety issues with this guest house Also not impressed with the toilet being open and also the floor on this Reno is not level . It’s a real dodgy Reno One gets the feeling of sliding to the wall when you go through the French doors The towel rack was a line of wire The owner Rodger is very enthusiastic about his guest house but I’m sorry we don’t share that enthusiasm
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Date of stay: March 2023
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BOOtsie5 wrote a review Feb 2023
Paraparaumu, New Zealand393 contributions333 helpful votes
Nothing like the photos! More like a second hand shop with mismatched furniture covered in towels and tablecloths than a heritage house. Outside was like a building site, rooms had DIY 'ensuites' and spare bedrooms added in cupboards and under the stairs. The sunroom attached to our room had the ensuite shower and toilet added to the end of it with one of the shower walls covering part of the fire exit. Not nice to use the toilet if other members of your party are sat in the sunroom! The fire alarm went off in our room during the night; no-one came and in the morning we were informed it probably went off due to the battery running low and was surprised it didn't go off again! We certainly felt this building was a health and safety risk and shouldn't be open to the public.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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Tambonz wrote a review Feb 2021
Waipu, New Zealand888 contributions351 helpful votes
This is a great place to stay. Fabulous views over the bay. The owner has reworked this villa for over 30 years. Very comfortable... Like a home from home. Breakfast is included which is a bonus 😁👍.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Traveling Bear wrote a review Mar 2020
Alaska36 contributions3 helpful votes
Lovely old Victorian mansion that retains it's charm with amazing views over the city and sea. Clean, comfortable room with paintings and old pictures everywhere. Nice bed and a window to catch the ocean breeze. Rodger was a friendly host, and has put countless hours into this property. Breakfast is served in a sunroom overlooking the bay, a perfect beginning to the day. The most unforgettable place I stayed in New Zealand, do not miss.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Julie S wrote a review Sept 2019
Sacramento, California1405 contributions191 helpful votes
My first impression was “how funky” as the entrance at front and back have old-fashioned knobs and locks, and the 100 year old house has been restored and converted to a B&B, with some interesting cubbies. My room was scrupulously clean and very comfortable. The windows were super for both light and views. Rodger was very gracious and took time in the morning when I was finished with a continental breakfast to tell me more about the house. It is walking distance to The penguin experience and Steampunk HQ and Victorian District.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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William M wrote a review Jun 2019
Waikanae, New Zealand25 contributions3 helpful votes
This is a restored Victorian villa and has retained all of its original charm. Loved the view over the harbour and Victorian Precinct, both of which are well within walking distance down the hill. The whole place was scrupulously clean and the bed comfortable. The owner, Rodger, is an interesting and open character and certainly adds to the charm. Our only negative point were some aspects of the room. It was advertised as a two bedroom suite with on-suite. What we found was the second bedroom was in fact constructed by building out into the roof space from the original room, accessed through a half height hatch door. All of this may have added to the charm were it not for the fact there was not ventilation like a period dormer window or skylight. Our teenage daughter christened it the "Coffin" and promptly claimed the main bed with her mother. The other slightly jarring note was the ensuite which was in-fact framed as a triangular space in one corner of the room. Its size was more reminiscent of something in a caravan with the sink over the toilet and a tiny shower cabinet.
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Date of stay: April 2019
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Carma R wrote a review Mar 2019
29 contributions3 helpful votes
Rodger has done a wonderful job creating items for & restoring his family's historic home. It is in a great location, close to downtown Oamaru & the Blue penguin colony. We really enjoyed out stay & Rodger was very helpful with information & very interesting to talk to. We stayed in the Bessie Clark room. Beds were very comfortable & the view of the city & harbour from the bathroom is superb. We loved looking around at all the marvelous wood in the house & the lovingly decorated rooms & common spaces. Perfect for a couple or a family.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Room Tip: Bessie Clark has a Queen plus a single bed with a great view
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$159 - $162 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Federation House B&B Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Federation House B&B Inn?
Nearby attractions include Whitestone City (0.6 km), Oamaru's Victorian Precinct (0.7 km), and Steampunk HQ (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Federation House B&B Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Federation House B&B Inn?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Federation House B&B Inn?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Federation House B&B Inn?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Federation House B&B Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Scotts Brewing Co, Cucina, and The Last Post Pub & Restaurant.
Are there any historical sites close to Federation House B&B Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Totara Estate (5.4 km).