10 Best Holiday Homes in Oamaru
10 Best Holiday Homes in Oamaru

10 Best Holiday Homes in Oamaru šŸ” [2023]

© Quarterdeck

Find the Perfect Holiday Home in Oamaru

Experience the vibrant Victorian and steampunk-influenced Oamaru and its amazing wildlife attractions while basing yourself in one of the town’s holiday homes, of which there are many! Spacious family homes, cosy couples’ retreats and everything in between, Oamaru’s holiday homes are diverse and offer fantastic quality, especially the ones we list in our recommendations of the best holiday homes in Oamaru. Book yourself into ultimate privacy with all the essential facilities using the list of Oamaru holiday homes below!

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

1. Quarterdeck

Quarterdeck is a stylish and centrally located holiday home. This gorgeous light-filled three-bedroom apartment has a spacious well-equipped kitchen and dining area. Dine while taking in the breathtaking views of the Victorian Precinct from your wraparound windows or on the private balcony. For more holiday homes with self-catering facilities, check out the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Oamaru.

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10 Best Holiday Homes in Oamaru© Quarterdeck

2. Accommodation at Lakeside

A modern farmhouse on the outskirts of Oamaru, Accommodation at Lakeside offers a tranquil retreat for up to six guests. The two-bedroom holiday home has all the homely essentials in a contemporary package, including a fully-equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, a laundry machine and a bathroom. The most endearing quality, however, is its garden with footpaths leading to a picturesque lake.

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10 Best Holiday Homes in Oamaru© Accommodation at Lakeside

3. Little Red School House

While advertised as a B&B, the Little Red School House is more like a holiday home as you get the whole of this historic school house yourself. Since its schooling days, it has been stylishly renovated as a self-contained sleepout for couples, boasting a kitchenette with a ceramic stovetop, vegetables from the garden and breakfast included. As it’s set on a 940-acre sheep farm, there’s the opportunity to get involved as much or as little as you like with horse riding, 4WD safaris, working dog demonstrations, hiking, sheep shearing and more on request. See more stays with a reasonable price tag in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Oamaru.

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10 Best Holiday Homes in Oamaru© Little Red School House

4. Oamaru Harbour Nest

At Oamaru Harbour Nest, stay in a cosy garden cottage overlooking the Pacific Ocean of which you can enjoy the views from the large sliding doors of your bedroom spilling out onto a private deck. The accommodation for couples and solo travellers includes an ensuite, while the tiny kitchenette doesnā€™t exactly have complete cooking facilities. Nevertheless, youā€™re only a short stroll from the townā€™s restaurants and central attractions. See more like this in the 10 Best Romantic Accommodations in Oamaru.

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10 Best Holiday Homes in Oamaru© Oamaru Harbour Nest

5. The Villa

This charming semi-detached home just a short walk from the town centre retains its old-timey charm in tune with Oamaru’s historical vibes. The Villa boasts a comfortable stay across its three bedrooms, open-plan dining and kitchen area, lounge and bathroom. The real gem, however, is the picturesque garden with a barbecue. Nearby is a childrenā€™s playground at the school, making it an ideal stay for families with young children. See more like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Oamaru.

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10 Best Holiday Homes in Oamaru© The Villa

6. Oamaru Green Cottage

Oamaru Green Cottage is centrally located and easy to find thanks to its green facade. Sleeping four guests across two bedrooms, the holiday home offers an affordable stay for families who don’t have to worry about paying for extra space they don’t need. While quite compact, the open-plan living, dining and kitchen offer a social space for families with large windows basking in the town and the ocean scenery.

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10 Best Holiday Homes in Oamaru© Oamaru Green Cottage

7. Aqua on Reed

Add a bit of style and luxury to your trip with a stay at Aqua on Reed. This villa on the hill has been decorated with love, boasting colourful coastal-themed interiors. There are three bedrooms, one of which has a children’s entertainment station, as well as a spacious open-plan living area, kitchen with a breakfast bar and more. There are plenty of places to relax both inside and out, making this a year-round option for many.

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10 Best Holiday Homes in Oamaru© Aqua on Reed

8. 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 Holiday Homes in Oamaru© The Old Confectionery

9. Fairway Cottage

A tranquil countryside retreat on the edge of a wheat farm, the beach and the North Otago Golf Club, the views are the main reason to stay at the Fairway Cottage. Just a five-minute drive from Oamaru, the two-bedroom villa with a double bed and two singles offers an idyllic stay for families, groups and even couples. The holiday home isn’t the most well-equipped when it comes to self-catering facilities (although, it does have a dishwasher), so just expect the basics. The lounge and TV are also rather small, so this definitely a place where you’ll want to lap up the scenery outdoors.

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10 Best Holiday Homes in Oamaru šŸ” [2023]© Fairway Cottage

10. Secluded Getaway

Kickstart your road trip on the Waitaki Valley or simply escape to the countryside with an upscale stay at the Secluded Getaway. This ultra-modern two-bedroom designer home is certainly one to wow, with floor-to-ceiling windows lapping up the forest, valley and farm scenery where you can watch the deers and dogs. All of the fixtures are designed to impress, while your hosts also provide a warm welcome with milk and a few breakfast supplies awaiting your arrival. All in all, it’s the perfect place for a timeout. See experiences in the area listed in the 7 Bizarre Sights in the Waitaki Valley.

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10 Best Holiday Homes in Oamaru šŸ” [2023]© Secluded Getaway

[CLOSED] Fantail Cottage

Find a romantic retreat at Fantail Cottage. Located at the northern end of town, the charming historical cottage-for-two offers a unique set-up on a farm amidst an urban area. Enjoy your own space with a kitchen, dining area, living area and bedroom along with laundry and bathroom facilities. Your host’s artwork is part of the walls of this cosy cottage, which will also take you for a tour around the farm if requested. Bikes are available to hire free of charge.

[CLOSED] The Cottage

Located between the Victorian Precinct and the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, The Cottage makes your stay in Oamaru too easy! The three-bedroom holiday home sleeping up to six guests offers a reasonably-priced and fuss-free stay. The cottage doesn’t try to throw any crazy decor in your face, it’s simply decorated and modernly furnished to suit just about anyone.

More Holiday Homes in Oamaru

That’s it for our list of the best holiday homes 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.


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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