10 Best Budget Accommodation in Oamaru© Oamaru Backpackers
10 Best Budget Accommodation in Oamaru

10 Best Budget Accommodations in Oamaru 🛌🏼 [2023]

© Oamaru Backpackers

Where to Find Cheap Accommodation in Oamaru

You don’t have to splurge on a fancy place to stay to have a blast in Oamaru. In fact, some of the hostels and lodges here are of a higher standard than what you might be used to if you have been travelling around New Zealand. Holiday parks, motor parks, motels, lodges, homestays and hostels offer an affordable stay in Oamaru, so choose the one that suits you using our list of the best budget accommodations in Oamaru!

For more cheap accommodations in Oamaru, as well as some activity recommendations, check out The Guide to Oamaru on a Budget and 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Oamaru.

1. Oamaru Backpackers

This boutique hostel in Oamaru is tastefully decorated, making guests feel more like flashpackers than backpackers. Each dorm bunk at the Oamaru Backpackers boasts that little bit of extra privacy with a pull-across curtain, like the pod hostel concept, while private single, double and family rooms are also available. There’s one ensuite, while the rest of the rooms have shared bathroom facilities. The cosy lounge areas have large windows overlooking the views of the Victorian Precinct and Friendly Bay, while in the garden, you can help yourself to some fresh herbs and veggies to spruce up something in the communal kitchen (with a dishwasher!)

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Oamaru© Oamaru Backpackers

2. Oamaru TOP 10 Holiday Park

Whether you’re camping or want your own indoor space 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 with separate bedrooms 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 more like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Oamaru.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Oamaru© Oamaru TOP 10 Holiday Park

3. Alma Motel

Providing the most affordable motel units in Oamaru, Alma Motel is definitely worth considering. Sure, the furniture is a little old-school, but that’s expected with the rates. Regardless, each unit has all the essentials at your fingertips, such as a private kitchenette with all you need to make breakfast and stovetop meals, as well as an ensuite bathroom. From small studios to family apartments and cottages, Alma Motel offers something for everyone. For more self-catering options, also check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Oamaru.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Oamaru© Alma Motel

4. Old Bones Lodge

Seeking affordable luxury? Book a 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, kitchen and dining area. Aside from taking a quick stroll to the nearby beach, the lodge offers soothing hot tubs and a sauna as ways to relax here. Powered campervan sites are also available.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Oamaru© Old Bones Lodge

5. 289 Midway Motel

A great place to soak in the midday and evening sun from the patio or balcony, 289 Midway Motel is another worthy choice in Oamaru for budget travellers. Enjoy private kitchen (in most rooms), bathroom and bedroom facilities for a reasonable price in their studios, and one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. The motel is less than 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre, where you can pick up supplies. Check out more accommodations like this in the 10 Best Motels in Oamaru.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Oamaru© 289 Midway Motel

5. Rosies Place

A homestay in Oamaru North, about a 40-minute walk and five-minute drive from the Victorian Precinct, Rosies Place is a well-kept and affordable place to stay. There are two private double rooms here, each sharing a bathroom, as well as a bright and homely communal kitchen and dining area. Your host and her cat, Lenny, offer a warm welcome and are happy to share local tips for the area. See more stays that are perfect for couples in the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Oamaru.

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10 Best Budget Accommodations in Oamaru 🛌🏼 [2023]© Rosies Place

7. Federation House

Character radiates from this heritage building perched on Cape Wanbrow with its striking green facade. The inside of Federation House is preserved to match with its high pressed-tin ceilings, timber panelling and more. Each of the five guest rooms is equipped with a super-king bed and an ensuite bathroom. Guests also have access to several lounging areas, from a sunroom to a lounge with a piano and pool table. While there’s a communal kitchenette, a full kitchen is available by request. Note that breakfast is also included in your stay.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Oamaru© Federation House

8. Heritage Court Motor Lodge Oamaru

Another motel with very reasonable prices, Heritage Court Motor Lodge Oamaru is one of the largest accommodation providers in town. There are several grades of studios and two-bedroom units available, from budget options to luxury rooms. Most studios have kitchenettes with a microwave and breakfast-making facilities, but you also have the option to rock up to the on-site restaurant for dinner.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Oamaru© Heritage Court Motor Lodge Oamaru

9. Teschemakers Resort

While the historic Teschemakers Resort, is primarily a wedding venue, it actually offers affordable apartments. The property on a secluded 70 acres of rural grounds awash in lawns, flower gardens and English trees, is a 10 to 15-minute drive from town. Within the grand building, with a history that dates back more than 150 years, you’ll find a collection of studios, two-bedroom and three-bedroom ensuite rooms with a kitchenette for preparing stovetop meals.

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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Oamaru© Teschemakers Resort

10. Empire Hotel Backpackers

Let’s end where we began with another fantastic backpacker hostel in Oamaru. Empire Hotel Backpackers is a piece of history renovated for budget travellers. Play a game of pool in the cool and quirky basement or relax in the multiple lounge areas oozing in that Oamaru Victorian charm. Choose from private double and twin rooms, as well as dorm rooms – all with shared facilities. WiFi is available and the hostel is just a stone’s throw away from all your essential shops and services. See more hostel options in the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Oamaru.

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[CLOSED] Oceanview Stays & Eco Motor Park

A homestay/hostel on the waterfront of Oamaru North, Oceanview Stays & Eco Motor Park offers rooms for budget travellers, as well as campervan sites for self-contained vehicles. In the house, there are private quadruple rooms, as well as a shared dorm room who can share a full kitchen and lounge area. Enjoy access to free WiFi throughout the accommodation, even the motor park, and views of the Pacific Ocean.

More About Budget Accommodations in Oamaru

That’s it for our list of the best cheap budget 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 Travel Guide to Oamaru on a Budget.


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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