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
  • Street 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. 


  • (Dec 17th - Jan 19th 2017) Explore one of this country’s most precious, remote areas through the eyes of New Zealand artists. In winter 2014 and summer 2015, two separate expeditions into southern Fiordland transported 26 New Zealand artists ... Southland Museum and Art Gallery
  • (Dec 13th - Jan 27th 2017) The Annual Provincial Pride Art Exhibition is uniquely Southland: in theme, and is sponsored by local businesses. The artists are asked to produce works that reflect our province and transfer their observations, ... City Gallery Southland Art Society
  • (Jan 19th - Jan 19th) 70km Handicap race from Gore to Invercargill. Gore Town and Country Club
  • (Nov 25th - Mar 31st 2017) South Alive Night Food Markets are launching this summer in the South Alive Community Park. The Market will run on Friday evenings fortnightly from 5pm - 9pm, with the first market on Nov 25th. Come down for a ... South Alive Community Park
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