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Independently owned and operated

YHA Oamaru, Red Kettle


Hostel Details & Location

Host: Sandy Murdoch and Debbie Devon

Check in: 3:00 pm Check out: 10:00 am

Contact: +64 3 434 5008 Email this hostel

Reception: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: 2 Reed Street,


Near penguin colonies


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How to get here

You’ll find us on the corner of Cross St and Reed St. Cross St comes off Severn St, the main road going through Oamaru. Street parking is available.


Bus/Shuttle: All buses and shuttles drop off at our door except InterCity. InterCity drop off on the corner of Eden St and Thames St, 650m from the hostel. Cross the Thames St intersection to follow Eden St and turn left onto Reed St. The hostel is on the end of this street.

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Cosy and quiet, YHA Oamaru, Red Kettle is a traditional small hostel just minutes from the Oamaru town centre and attractive Historic District. Our homely, welcoming atmosphere makes for a comfortable stay within easy walking distance of the local penguin colonies.

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Guests love:

  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • BBQ
  • Free movies

Shared facilities:

  • WiFi available
  • Communal lounge
  • Communal dining area
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Food storage area
  • Recycling stations
  • Outdoor area
  • BBQ
  • Herb garden
  • Laundry facilities
  • 24 hour guest access

Entertainment and activities:

  • Book exchange
  • Communal TV
  • Free movies
  • Guitar


  • After-hours check in on request
  • Luggage storage options
  • Hair dryers
  • Hot water bottles
  • Towel hire
  • Bicycle storage

In-hostel payment options:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • New Zealand Dollars
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Some of our top picks for Oamaru:

  • Penguin spotting! Colonies of blue and yellow-eyed penguins are near YHA Oamaru
  • The Victorian Historical District with its famous Oamaru white stone buildings is a wonderful place to amble along, and maybe ride a penny farthing bicycle too!
  • Lots of delicious local Oamaru fare to taste: the award winning Whitestone Cheese, malt whisky and locally produced North Otago wines

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