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.

Please note: this hostel will be closed from 3 June 2014 - 25 June 2014. 


"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. Magic Bus-500m. 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
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • TV Room
  • VISA
  • 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. 


  • Tour de Lakes (Apr 18th - Apr 21st) The popular road race takes competitors, including a women's field through the scenic views of Central Otago and the Lakes District before finishing in Fiordland. A popular annual event, it attracts riders from Australia ...
  • Fiordland Arts Society - Multi Media Art Exhibition (Apr 18th - Apr 20th) During Easter 2014, the Fiordland Arts Society will be hosting its annual Multi Media Art Exhibition at Southminster Abbey (which is located on the grounds of Te Anau Lodge), to show case the wonderful talents of some of ...
  • Te Anau Tartan Festival (Apr 19th - Apr 20th) Bravehearts awaken for the highland gathering of 2014 - when Te Anau turns tartan with 2 days of full-on family fun! Saturday is set in the picturesque grounds of Te Anau Lodge. Test your strength with sheaf tossing, ...
  • Muze-Art School Holiday Programme Open Day (Apr 22nd - Apr 22nd) On Tuesday 22nd April 10 am - 3pm your children can attend Muze-Art School Holiday Programme Open Day for free! Muze-Art School Holiday Programme is an Arts Based School Holiday Service. On Open Day your child will ...
  • Fiona Pears with La Petite Manouche and Ian Tilley (Apr 24th - Apr 24th) Swing Driven Thing – Fiona Pears with La Petite Manouche and Ian Tilley AOTNZ Tour 4 – 30 April 2014 Fiona Pears continues to electrify audiences with her virtuosity on the violin. Now she intrigues with a ...
  • Theatre Restaurant (Apr 24th - Apr 26th) Good Morning Vietnam Songs from those damned war years, Southlands best entertainers get together to preform some of the most memorable songs that came out of the war years. Songs best immortalised in great movies ...

YHA offers a range of accommodation to suit groups of all types. Find out how YHA can help your group with their accommodation, transport and activity needs.

Each hostel offers a range of accommodation options for your group. Please email our Customer Services team or phone freephone (within NZ) 0800 278 299.