10 Best Accommodation in Oamaru for Foodies
10 Best Accommodation in Oamaru for Foodies

10 Best Accommodation in Oamaru for Foodies

© Oamaru Backpackers

Accommodation with a Restaurant and/or Self-catering in Oamaru

Home to the Waitaki Valley wine region, one of New Zealand’s famous artisan cheeseries, and the largest confectionery manufacturer in the country, you can bet that Oamaru offers a gastronomical experience for travellers. Combine these with a stay in one of the accommodations with restaurants of self-catering facilities in Oamaru and you can continue the foodie delights right until you go to bed. Check out some of the best accommodation in Oamaru for foodies in this list!

For more advice on planning a trip orientating food, check out The Foodie Guide to Oamaru.

1. Brydone Hotel Oamaru

Looking for a hotel in Oamaru where you can just roll out of bed to treat your tastebuds? Brydone Hotel Oamaru is an excellent option, boasting a restaurant that’s open from 6.30am right through the day. Dine on international cuisine made with local Waitaki fare. As for the hotel itself, it retains some of its Victoria features while providing contemporary comforts across its guest rooms and suites. There are rooms suitable for couples to families. Learn more in the 5 Best Hotels in Oamaru.

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10 Best Accommodation in Oamaru for Foodies© Brydone Hotel Oamaru

2. Pen-y-bryn Lodge

If you’re looking for fine dining incorporated into your accommodation experience, choose Oamaru’s only five-star accommodation, Pen-y-bryn Lodge. Set in an 1889 manor, the lodge oozes in historical charm across its five well-appointed guest rooms. You’ll be treated to fine dining and an indulgent breakfasts at the time when it suits you throughout your stay. The lodge serves geo-gastronomical cuisine along with Waitaki wines and craft beers, New Zealand whisky and more. Dine while soaking up the sun on the expansive lodge patio and gardens or work your meals off in the on-site fitness room. See more like this in the 9 Best Romantic Accommodation in Oamaru.

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10 Best Accommodation in Oamaru for Foodies© Pen-y-bryn Lodge

3. 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!

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10 Best Accommodation in Oamaru for Foodies© Northstar Motel

4. Heritage Court Motor Lodge Oamaru

Another motel with an on-site restaurant, the Heritage Court Motor Lodge is well worth considering. Choose from a range of budget and luxury studios and two-bedroom apartments with varying levels of cooking facilities, so make sure your chosen room has the amenities you need. The luxury units also include a spa bath! Meanwhile, in the restaurant, you’ll find a breakfast and dinner menu that’s diverse and reasonably priced, including a kids menu. Room service is also an option.

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10 Best Accommodation in Oamaru for Foodies© Heritage Court Motor Lodge Oamaru

5. 469 on Thames Motels and Cafe

Offering an authentic Kiwi cafe and motel experience, 469 on Thames Motels and Cafe 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. Otherwise, you can pick up some cheap eats from the on-site cafe that serves meals like burgers, breakfast rolls, all-day breakfasts, toasties and more.

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

6. Quarterdeck

Moving onto some of the self-catering accommodations in Oamaru, Quarterdeck is stylish and centrally located holiday home. This gorgeous light-filled three-bedroom apartment has 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

7. 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 and triple rooms with shared bathroom facilities (there’s one ensuite). Each dorm bunk boasts that little bit of extra privacy with a pull-across curtain, like the pod hostel concept. 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 Accommodation in Oamaru for Foodies© Oamaru Backpackers

8. Alpine Motel

Another excellent 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

9. 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.

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10 Best Accommodation in Oamaru for Foodies© Old Bones Lodge

10. 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 Accommodation in Oamaru.

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


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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