10 Best Accommodation in Oamaru for Foodies© Old Bones Lodge
10 Best Accommodation in Oamaru for Foodies

10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Oamaru šŸ½ļø [2024]

© Old Bones Lodge

Where to Find Self-Contained Accommodations and Stays with Kitchens in Oamaru

Whether you prefer to be in charge of your own meals or want to save money on the food aspect of your trip, the self-contained stays and accommodations with kitchen facilities in Oamaru will ensure your travel goals are met! Discover some of our top picks for self-catering accommodations in Oamaru in the list below.

For more trip-planning advice, check out The Complete Guide to Oamaru and the 10 Best Things to Do in Oamaru.

1. The Old Confectionery

Don’t just visit the famous Victorian Precinct, be part of it by staying in the 1876 apartment of The Old Confectionery. There are two two-bedroom apartments here, both up for the taking and styled with elements worthy of the “steampunk capital” with its traditional furniture blended with industrial elements. The apartments have a full kitchen with a dishwasher, satellite TV, ensuite, free WiFi and underfloor heating. See more of our highest-rated stays in the 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Oamaru.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Oamaru šŸ½ļø [2023]© The Old Confectionery

2. Northstar Motel

Northstar Motel offers an idyllic blend of self-catering and on-site dining at their motel at the north end of Oamaru. Either spruce up our own meals in the full kitchen of your studio or family unit – complete with an oven and ceramic stovetop – or pop into the on-site restaurant and bar. They are open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday and serve a range of European-style crowd-pleasers and a range of meat dishes, but we recommend the baked Whitestone camembert – learn more about the local cheese factory in the 7 Foodie Experiences in Oamaru!

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10 Best Accommodation in Oamaru for Foodies© Northstar Motel

3. Quarterdeck

Moving onto some alternative self-catering accommodations in Oamaru, like holiday homes, Quarterdeck is a stylish and centrally three-bedroom apartment with a spacious kitchen and dining area with an oven and even some spices included. Dine while taking in the breathtaking views of the Victorian Precinct from your dining room’s wraparound windows or on the private balcony. For more holiday homes with self-catering facilities, check out the 10 Best Holiday Homes in Oamaru.

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10 Best Accommodation in Oamaru for Foodies© Quarterdeck

4. Oamaru Backpackers

You don’t have to have private self-catering facilities, as staying in one of Oamaru’s hostels or holiday parks will still provide the facilities you need in a communal setting. A top option is the Oamaru Backpackers, offering private single, double, triple and family rooms with shared bathroom facilities (there’s one ensuite). There are also shared dorm rooms with each dorm bunk boasting that little bit of extra privacy with a pull-across curtain. The cosy lounge and dining areas have large windows overlooking the views of the Victorian Precinct and Friendly Bay, which are great places to relax as you enjoy the meal you’ve made in the well-equipped communal kitchen (with a dishwasher!) You can even help yourself to some fresh herbs and veggies from the garden! See more like this in the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Oamaru.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Oamaru šŸ½ļø [2023]© Oamaru Backpackers

5. Old Bones Lodge

Book an affordable room at the beachfront accommodation of Old Bones Lodge. Ideal for solo travellers, couples or a couple of friends, the lodge offers a selection of double and twin rooms surrounding a spacious communal lounge and a sociable kitchen and dining area. Aside from taking a quick stroll to the nearby beach, the lodge features soothing hot tubs and a sauna as ways to relax here. Powered campervan sites are also available. Check out more stays that are ideal for couples in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodations in Oamaru.

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10 Best Accommodation in Oamaru for Foodies© Old Bones Lodge

6. Highfield Mews Motel

It’s the little things that matter; at least that’s the case with Highfield Mews Motel, which among all the usual facilities also includes free bike hire, a Tesla charging station, TVs with streaming services, options for a spa bath, late checkout and more. The village-like motel complex offers a range of studios and one-bedroom units which are well-appointed with homely decor and spacious kitchen facilities including a stovetop. There are also interconnecting units available for families. See how this compares to the other motels in town listed in the 12 BEST Motels in Oamaru.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Oamaru šŸ½ļø [2023]© Highfield Mews Motel

7. Alpine Motel

Another excellent albeit old self-catering option, Alpine Motel offers studios and multi-bedroom units with full kitchen facilities (except in the basic studio units). Your kitchen has all the essentials including an oven, while rooms are kept simplistically fresh in their decor and layout. The motel is just 1km (0.6 miles) from the town centre and nearby Whitestone Cheese, which we feature in the 7 Things to Do in Oamaru for Foodies.

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10 Best Accommodation in Oamaru for Foodies© Alpine Motel

8. AAA Thames Court Motel

While this motel provides studio options for couples and solo travellers, AAA Thames Court Motel is best for families with a large offering of one-bedroom and family apartments. With that in mind, they also have the self-catering facilities that families crave. The apartments sit surrounded by a cute garden with playground equipment. Guests get free unlimited WiFi, Sky TV and DVD players with a free DVD library. See more like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Oamaru.

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10 Best Accommodation in Oamaru for Foodies© AAA Thames Court Motel

9. Oamaru TOP 10 Holiday Park

Whether you’re camping or want your own indoor space with self-catering facilities for a fair price, Oamaru TOP 10 Holiday Park can provide! The holiday park is popular with families thanks to its on-site playground, while sitting around the barbecue and playing a round of mini golf are other fun ways to spend your time here. There are accommodation options to suit a range of needs and budgets, from homely self-contained motel units to basic cabins and camping sites. Those using the latter two will be able to use the park’s communal bathroom and kitchen facilities. See alternative yet cheap stays like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Oamaru.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Oamaru šŸ½ļø [2023]© Oamaru TOP 10 Holiday Park

10. 469 on Thames Motel

Offering an authentic Kiwi motel experience, 469 on Thames Motel allows visitors to experience Oamaru the New Zealand way. Stay in affordable studio rooms with a kitchenette for making stovetop, microwave and breakfast meals. You also may enjoy dining on the garden furniture among the beautiful flower garden.

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10 Best Accommodation in Oamaru for Foodies© 469 on Thames Motels and Cafe

More About Self-Catering Accommodations in Oamaru

That’s it for our list of the best self-catering accommodations in Oamaru, but it’s by no means the end of our expert travel advice! Check out these articles for more inspiration for your trip:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Guide to Oamaru.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before calling New Zealand home. He has now spent over a decade in the New Zealand tourism industry, clocking in more than 600 activities across the country. He is passionate about sharing those experiences and advice on NZ Pocket Guide and its YouTube channel. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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