5 Best Hotels in Oamaru
5 Best Hotels in Oamaru

5 Best Hotels in Oamaru

© Poshtel

Find a Hotel in Oamaru

In the old-timey town of Oamaru, which boasts striking white limestone architecture from the Victorian era, grand hotels are a key part of the townscape. Regardless, you’ll find a surprisingly diverse selection of hotels in this Coastal Otago town, with a couple of contemporary and elegant hotels added into the eclectic mix. With hotel rooms for couples, families and corporate travellers, there’s sure to be something to suit in Oamaru. Find the right hotel for you with this list of the best hotels in Oamaru!

For more advice on planning your visit, check out The Complete Guide to Oamaru and 10 Best Things to Do in Oamaru.

1. Poshtel

In the true creative spirit of Oamaru, Poshtel offers an aesthetically pleasing affair. The boutique hotel has just 15 rooms, ensuring the right tone is set for a relaxing retreat yet is conveniently located right in the heart of Oamaru. Each guest room is uniquely and tastefully themed with a popular New Zealand pastime, whether it’s fly fishing, mountain climbing or farming. There are rooms choices suitable for business travellers all the way to families. All rooms have an ensuite, Sky TV and WiFi, while guests can also relax in the funky lounge or check out the on-site art gallery. See more accommodation like this in the 9 Best Romantic Accommodation in Oamaru.

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5 Best Hotels in Oamaru© Poshtel

2. Brydone Hotel Oamaru

On the other side of the spectrum, Brydone Hotel Oamaru aims to stay true to Oamaru’s more Victorian side with its sweeping staircase, grand chandeliers and ornate interiors. There are contemporary comforts, nonetheless, with guest rooms and suites boasting a spa bath or an oversized shower in the ensuite. There are rooms suitable for couples to families. Join the hotel’s restaurant for breakfast (not included in the rate), lunch or dinner with its diverse range of New Zealand and international cuisine. Check out more like this in the 10 Best Accommodation in Oamaru for Foodies.

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5 Best Hotels in Oamaru© Brydone Hotel Oamaru

3. Mariner Suites

On the hillside overlooking Friendly Bay and the Pacific Ocean, Mariner Suites enjoys gorgeous views which you can lap up from your private balcony or patio. The 22-suite hotel has a range of double and triple rooms ideal for solo travellers, couples and business travellers. Rooms are stylishly designed with industrial elements and feature a spacious ensuite, a small drinks-making kitchenette, lounge furniture and free WiFi.

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5 Best Hotels in Oamaru© Mariner Suites

4. Teschemakers Resort

An out-of-town hotel set among 70 acres of rural grounds, lawns, flower gardens and English trees, Teschemakers Resort offers an alternative retreat. You’ll find a range of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites with an ensuite and kitchenette for preparing your own stovetop or microwave meals. Rooms are well-appointed and reasonably priced, more reminiscent of a motel rather than a hotel. See more accommodation like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodation in Oamaru.

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5 Best Hotels in Oamaru© Teschemakers Resort

5. Criterion Hotel

Part of the Oamaru townscape since 1877, the Criterion Hotel is not only a popular place for locals to have a pint, but it also has a small selection of hotel rooms upstairs. The refurbished rooms retain their traditional flair with antique fireplaces and carefully selected furniture and bedding, bringing an air of elegance to your stay. Enjoy breakfast downstairs in the formal dining room and mingle with the pub’s punters on an evening, whether it’s in the large gentlemen’s club-inspired sitting room, the “temperance room” behind the bar, or in the main bar area.

5 Best Hotels in Oamaru© Pixabay


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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