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5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Omarama šŸŽ’ [2024]

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Where to Find Accommodation in Omarama for Backpackers

On the edge of Lindis Pass and along a scenic journey of the Canterbury region of the South Island, Omarama is a top stop for any South Island road trip! Whether you’re journeying to the Clay Cliffs, taking the Lindis Pass to Queenstown, or road tripping to the stunning Lake Tekapo, it’s definitely worth spending some time in the Omarama area. With that in mind, here are some of the best backpacker hostels in Omarama as well as some other cheap accommodations.

Omarama has hostels and holiday parks in the town as well as budget backpacker sheep stations surrounding the area for that true New Zealand high country experience. Check out the accommodations below for what we consider some of the best hostels and budget accommodations in Omarama. As for activities, check out the 5 Fun Things to Do in Omarama.

1. Dunstan Downs High Country Sheep Station

Get that high country experience with Tim and Geva as they host you in their backpacker accommodation 10 minutes drive out of Omarama. Free WiFi is included at Dunstan Downs High Country Sheep Station, but we think you’ll have more fun helping out on the sheep farm if you are keen! Dorm rooms are limited to two, three and four beds, for a more boutique experience, while private queen and twin rooms are also available.

Check Dunstan Downs High Country Sheep Station out:

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2. Omarama TOP 10 Holiday Park

A great budget alternative to staying in a hostel in Omarama is at the Omarama TOP 10 Holiday Park. Perfect if you are travelling as a couple, group or family, there are some affordable cabins, as well as camping sites. Facilities include shared bathrooms, kitchen, laundry and nice open spaces to relax in after a hard day on the road!

Check Omarama TOP 10 Holiday Park out:

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3. Ahuriri Motels & Backpackers

Solo travellers and couples consider the Ahuriri Motels right in the town of Omarama. The motel complex also includes a backpacker lodge with five separate rooms – shared four-bed rooms and private rooms – and a communal lounge/dining room, kitchen and shower/toilet facilities. Note that the motel is closed in June, July and August.

Check Ahuriri Motels & Backpackers out:

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4. Buscot Station

Less than 10 minutes’ drive from Omarama is the sheep and cattle station homestead of Buscot Station. There are rooms to suit any kind of budget traveller, including single rooms, double, twin, dorms and family rooms. Some come with an ensuite bathroom. There’s also the option to camp too. Buscot Station is a member of the BBH network.© Buscot Station

5. High Country Lodge & Motels (Twizel)

As an alternative town to stay in while exploring the Canterbury region, consider Twizel just a 20-minute drive from Omarama. High Country Lodge & Motels is the only backpacker hostel accommodation in the town. They have backpacker dorms and motel accommodation with shared bathrooms, kitchens and dining area facilities. It’s a huge accommodation with quite a small communal kitchen, so get in there early if you want to make your dinner in peace. For more stays nearby Twizel, check out the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Twizel.

Check High Country Lodge out:

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More About Omarama for Backpackers

That’s it for our list of the best backpacker hostels in Omarama. For more advice for the ultimate Omarama experience, check these out:

Finally, if there’s anything else we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in our Canterbury – Guide for Backpackers.


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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