YHA Oamaru


YHA Oamaru, Red Kettle is a small, traditional and homely hostel located close to the Bushy Beach Scenic Reserve and just minutes from the Oamaru town centre and attractive Historic District. Oamaru is a charming coastal town between Christchurch and Dunedin, famous for its Victorian white stone architecture and penguin colonies. Both the blue penguin and the yellow-eyed penguin colonies are within easy walking distance from the YHA Oamaru hostel.

Backpacker accommodation at the YHA Oamaru hostel consists of double, twin and multi-share rooms. There is also a full range of backpacker facilities including a self-catering kitchen, comfortable lounge room and internet access. Relax and unwind in the garden over a BBQ or in front of the log fire in the evenings.

During summer, stay a few days in this friendly and welcoming backpacker hostel and experience all that Oamaru has to offer.



"YHA Oamaru is a small, pleasant and well-kept hostel close to the town centre." - The Rough Guide to New Zealand

By Bus/Shuttle

Intercity- 800m. Atomic Shuttles, Catch a Bus and Stray drop off and pick up at the hostel.

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking
  • TV Room
  • Penguins, penguins everywhere – colonies for the New Zealand blue penguins and yellow-eyed penguins are near the YHA Oamaru hostel.
  • 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.
  • Visit the strange and fascinating Moeraki Boulders just along the coast from Oamaru.
  • The Oamaru Public Gardens and the Forrester Gallery in its stunning Oamaru Stone building make lovely outings. 


  • (Oct 22nd - Oct 23rd) Live music by Triple Shot & Brendan Mason, Jason Schmidt & Friends performing some of the best hits from the '60s & '70s. It’s a weekend of flower power, bring out your inner Hippie and dress for the occasion, ... Level 1 Bar
  • (Oct 21st - Oct 24th) The Fiordland Arts Society it thrilled to host its 35th annual multi-media art exhibition at Labour Weekend, 2016. The exhibition will feature the work of guest artist Samuel Earp, plus the artworks of many other ... Fiordland Community Events Centre
  • (Oct 22nd - Oct 23rd) The Southland Society of Model Engineers is having our 30th annual ‘Great Little Train Show’ this coming Labour Weekend at our grounds in Surrey Park, Invercargill. Not only is this our club’s major fund-raiser, ... Southland Society of Model Engineers
  • (Oct 17th - Nov 21st) A course of six playful 25-minute classes for little yogis to explore yoga through interactive storytelling, games, songs and relaxation. Early childhood teacher Jasmine Gow shares the tools of yoga with Southland ... YMCA
  • (Oct 17th - Nov 21st) A course of six 40-minute sessions where we dive deep into yoga with creative yoga movement, music, discussions, storytelling, games, relaxation and visualisation. Early childhood teacher Jasmine Gow shares the tools ... YMCA
  • (Oct 11th - Dec 6th) Kapa Haka is the term used for the traditional māori performing arts. It is unique in the fact that performers sing, dance and use expression as well as use movement. You are invited to join in the Kapa Haka ... Southern REAP Inc.