Top 13 Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Oamaru, New Zealand - Updated 2024

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Oamaru has lots to offer visitors! It is the largest town in North Otago, in the South Island of New Zealand. It is a popular place to see penguins, heritage buildings, and public gardens. The town prospered in the late 19th century so, many buildings were built from local limestone, making it a beautiful town to explore. It also has great shopping and stunning hotels! It is a great place to relax with a coffee or visit the Sunday farmer’s market. Whatever you are interested in, Oamaru has something for you. Want a homey experience during your holiday here? For comfy accommodation that will make you feel at home while ensuring a memorable time, you can book any of the Bookabach holiday homes or Airbnbs. To discover more about them, continue reading for the top Airbnb vacation rentals in Oamaru, New Zealand.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on July 23, 2024.

1. Unique loft styled in steampunk style with a kitchen (from USD 90)

This charming Airbnb accommodation in Oamaru is only a leisurely stroll away from tourist attractions such as Victorian Precinct, Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, and Steampunk HQ.

Best suited for two guests, the one-bedroom rental along with cozy accommodation also offers its visitors ample opportunities for walking and biking around the fantastic trails that surround it. The unique interior of this Airbnb is set in the 18th century and features retro-futuristic art and steampunk furnishings. Guests can enjoy living their steampunk fantasy inside the loft that accurately pictures a modern world just as the Victorians might have envisioned.

A queen-sized bed offers a restful night of sleep after a long day of exploring. A well-appointed kitchen also awaits should you want to fix meals. If you are not up for cooking, you can head to the nearby eateries such as Cucina or Riverstone Kitchen for a quick bite.

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Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
2.24 km (1.4 mi) from Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
668 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire loft 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
lovely apartment - definitely steampunk but not too much very well equipped and comfortable
amazing bathroom with perfect shower pressure
also the bedding was luxurious and great water pressure in the shower incredible
the house is clean and cozy
the loft was stunning clean and comfortable
everything is at only 5 minutes drive the bathroom is spacious and the shower is clean and huge
jan was the perfect host
when i needed to make a last minute schedule change she was flexible and responsive
the location is great
the location was brilliant
excellent location and so quiet
only a 10 minute walk to the grocery store and a wonderful kitchen
easily walkable down into town and close to a few useful places to eat/buy groceries
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2. Beautiful house with family-friendly amenities

This sprawling bungalow awaits you and is an ideal choice, especially if you are traveling in a group of six. The family-friendly holiday accommodation in Oamaru features three bedrooms and has comfy beds for a full night’s rest. A crib and high chair are also provided for infants and toddlers. The air-conditioned interior is elegantly designed with modern furniture and warm lighting. Bathed in sunlight during the day, the bright and airy rooms lend a cheerful vibe to the place. An internet connection is furnished inside that lets you stay in touch with folks back home.

Out on the sunkissed patio, guests can relax with a drink in hand and spend a tranquil afternoon amidst a scenic landscape. Free car parking facilities are available on the premises of this long-term rental.

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Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
2.02 km (1.3 mi) from Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
24 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
clean quiet and comfortable
clean warm comfortable place to stay
a beautiful house which was spotlessly clean in a peaceful setting
we loved staying here beautiful place clean & cosy
excellent stay very clean newly renovated and good for families
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3. Two spacious bedrooms with beautiful views (from USD 75)

Inside this holiday home in Oamaru, guests will find two spacious bedrooms offering optimal comfort in a sunny environment. Both beds are super king-size which can, in turn, be split into two large single beds. Just let the host know what you prefer upon booking! There is a well-equipped kitchen, offering a microwave, fridge, toaster, and more! There is no functioning oven. Coffee and tea are available. There is a dining area to enjoy your meals in. The bathroom has laundry facilities as well so it is easy to keep things clean. The living room offers a comfortable sofa and beautiful views! For those traveling by car, parking is available. Just a short walk away are many attractions, restaurants, and cafes.

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Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
1.09 km (0.7 mi) from Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
1086 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
good amenities comfortable and clean
great location and lovely views from lounge room looking over the bay
the king bed is very very comfortable
accurate listing of apartment extremely cosy great bedding fully equipped kitchen
facilities are very functional and kitchenware are super handy
very clean and neat
nice tidy and clean apartment
fantastic place immaculately clean and tidy
nice and clean and modern inside
the apartment is clean and comfortable
yuriko is a great host and very helpful
yuriko is a great host highly recommend
she really is a super host
yuriko is very helpful and provided us with useful local tips
the hosts were amazing in communicating with us
the location is great
good location a 10 minute walk into town
great place well located you can walk to the penguins
really good location very close to the town centre
good location as well
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4. Self-contained apartment with ocean views (from USD 47)

This nice apartment sleeps four people. It has a queen bed in a separate bedroom and a sofa bed in the living room. There is a fully-equipped kitchen that makes it convenient to cook at home. The living room, kitchen, and dining room have an open plan. Fast wifi and a TV are also available here. There is seating out front, which is a great place to soak in beautiful views. For those traveling by car, parking is available. Cafes, restaurants, and many sights are within walking distance The hosts live about ten minutes away and are available to answer any questions.

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Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
2.29 km (1.5 mi) from Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
303 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire loft 1 Bed 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
amazing apartment with stunning view
easy to get to great view very comfortable
stylish space plenty of room and a great view overlooking the city
fell in love with the view the minute i enter the apartment
great flat lovely interior and great to enjoy breakfast with view of sea and harbour from bay window
very clean and convenient
very clean and tidy
clean convenient and as pictured
nice and overall clean place
super clean and a very nice place
thank you for your host
rick is a very responsive host
rick is very responsive and will answer any questions promptly
rick was so helpful through the whole booking process and beyond
rick is also helpful and communicable
cute little place close to everything
location very nice & close to town
a good location and very well equipped
comfortable bed and nice location
great location as you can walk to most of the restaurants and main attractions from the bnb
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5. Quirky studio with farmland views for four guests (from USD 62)

For a unique Airbnb stay, consider booking a place a tad bit far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy staying at a rural farm area with a stunning studio apartment with a front patio best for morning coffee sessions overlooking the stunning greenery. Small friend groups or families can enjoy a good night’s rest on a king bed and a sofabed, alongside basic amenities which include a hot tub, free parking, hot water, and heating to name a few. Other features of the space include a small kitchenette with basic breakfast cookware and dishware, as well as an extendable sofabed for couples traveling with the extra company. The property is located on an actual farm where guests may even come across cows, pigs, sheep, and ghosts roaming the area; truly a unique homestay to remember.

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Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
3.51 km (2.2 mi) from Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
995 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 2 Beds 4 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
amazing views and super cozy
no a/c but there was a desk fan which was great
well worth the price you pay it comes with a lovely view of the animals and the best bed
in the morning time we set outside to have our breakfast enjoyed the view and sunshine
the cottage was clean and so cozy - filled with natural light and pretty accents
the guest house was very clean and cozy
a very well-equipped and clean place
it’s quite clean and cozy
clean and tidy great for our one night
place was clean comfortable and thoughtfully designed
sarah is such a friendly host
very welcoming and helpful hosts
everything was perfect sarah is a super host thank you
our hosts were friendly and approachable without being intrusive in any way
says it all lovely hosts as much privacy as you want and beautiful scenery
lovely studio in a great location
so close to town and easy access to wherever you need to go
it is a great place to come close to nature
the location is great and on a quiet road
the farm location was perfect for a quiet and relaxing get away
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6. Private garden of Eden (from USD 18)

This home is a 1940s bungalow that sits among lush greenery. Here, guests will be able to see 82 species of roses! The place has two cozy rooms with double beds. It is a self-contained place, so guests will have it entirely to themselves. The host may stay in the caravan outside during some seasons. The indoor fireplace keeps the bungalow cozy and warm in the winter months. There are air conditioning and heating, though, regardless of the season, it is a comfortable place. All linens and towels are provided. A TV is available for entertainment after long days of exploring and adventuring. A kitchen is available for cooking meals easily at home. For those traveling by car, there is free parking on the property.

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Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
1.87 km (1.2 mi) from Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
714 reviews   Wifi Available
PRIVATE ROOM IN HOME 1 Bed 1 Guest 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 1

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the rooms were nicely heated at night as well
the heater was already in when we came in can def recommend staying there :)
brian greeted me and checked up on me ensuring there were extra heaters in case i got cold
brian’s accommodation is so comfortable and cozy
lovely cottage garden comfortable beds excellent facilities in the kitchen handy to town
very clean and tidy strongly recommended
pretty old school but clean & tidy
the house is also beautiful clean and comfortable
always clean and tidy and great value for money
the room is clean and tidysence of time
nice host and good place
nice place and wonderful host
a very friendly host
great place wonderful host great value
brian is a great host and enjoyed our stay at his place
nice location close to city
the location is good too
it’s located close to the attractions
warm comfortable home close to town
great good value place close to town quiet
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7. Bungalow with lovely views (from USD 98)

This character bungalow offers lovely views of the sea and the city. It has a great location, just five minutes on foot from the historic area and town center, as well as the Blue Penguins. There are two large bedrooms with comfortable double beds. Another third room is smaller with two single beds, ideal for children. The kitchen has lots of character and everything necessary to cook meals at home. The apartment is private to only guests, offering a private, comfortable escape. Hosts do not live nearby but are just a phone call away.

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Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
1.1 km (0.7 mi) from Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
806 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful cottage thoughtfully renovated with comfortable bedding and furnishings in beautiful historic oamaru
standing in the living room we enjoyed a gorgeous sunrise and the stunning sea view
every room is a picture and has great views over the bay
super comfy beds and excellent heating - and did i mention the view? wow
delightful cottage with extremely comfortable beds and fantastic views over the port area
big and clean space
very tidy clean and comfortable
the house is very clean and tidy
anna’s place is lovely clean and fantastic
well equipped and very clean
anna sure is a super host
anna was so responsive and helpful
anna was very kind to take us on after another reservation was cancelled
btw anna is a really nice host 5 stars for anna and her comfy home
anna was a very good host prompt in communicating and gave good instructions
the location is very good
great location on a quiet street
anna house is so cute and in the perfect location
great location very easy to walk into the centre
a perfect location close to everything key in oamaru
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8. Warm and sunny private room

This private room is in the home of a warm kiwi family. Guest have full use of everything in the house. There are two rooms listed, so if two couples or a family are coming, this could be an ideal spot! The room has one double bed and one king-sized single bed. Wifi is available throughout the house for guest use. Guests are also welcome to use the kitchen and dining areas as well as the two large lounges. TV and Sky TV are available in all rooms. There are a separate toilet and shower room just for guest use. Laundry is complimentary as well, so don’t worry about packing enough clothes! The hosts offer two bikes for guest use as well. The town center is ten minutes away by car, which is advisable for staying here. A restaurant, bar, and bowling alley are within a ten-minute walk.

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Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
5.15 km (3.2 mi) from Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
192 reviews  
Private room in house 2 Beds 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the shower os so nice and bubbles is lovely
beds were very comfortable
the beds were amazing leanne was extremely friendly and the house itself was welcoming
very comfy and nice bedroom the two beds are great if you travel with a friend
comfortable beds and beautiful house
nice house clean and comfortable
everything was clean and tidy
clean and comfortable home
the house is clean and cozy
the house was clean and cozy
the hosts are great
the owner is super nice
leanne was a nice host she made us feel at home
great host great room
leanne is a great host
super clean and beautiful house the location is very close to the penguins colony
we loved our stay at leanne's place
great place to stay in oamaru
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9. Cape View Cottage

Cape View Cottage is a self-contained studio that sleeps two guests. It is on private farmland, offering stunning views in a peaceful environment. The town center is only five minutes away. A recreational reserve with biking and walking paths is right across the road. The cottage has a comfortable queen-sized bed. A kitchen with cooking facilities is also inside. Coffee and tea are provided. The deck stretches out over three sides of the cabin offering great views at any time of the day. A TV is available, along with unlimited wifi. Hosts will be there to greet visitors and tell them about the area.

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Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
5.11 km (3.2 mi) from Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
268 reviews  
Farm stay 1 Bed 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
very comfortable stunning views and location
the cottage was comfortable and had almost anything you could need
basic bathroom & cooking necessities provided & bonus tomato chutney was yummy
the photo explains exactly what looks like the room
wonderful relaxing and comfortable cottage
extremely clean and tidy
beds are clean and comfortable
great place very clean tidy and warm
the room is very clean and comfortable
everything is very clean
host was most helpful considering our time restraints
judy is a great host
host really helpful in local tips
fantastic hosts and friendly inquisitive animals
judy is a great host
nice location close to town
this scenic farm (a 5 min drive to the city) was an ideal place to stay
we so enjoyed being out in the country but still so close to town
judy’s place is so beautiful and relaxing
judy’s house is a very good place
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10. Private room with garden

Here is a private room in a home that is close to the center. It is a great place for couples, solo travelers, or business travelers. There are two types of rooms available - either with a queen bed or one with two singles. Guests do not have access to the kitchen, but all other essentials are provided. Breakfast is provided as well. Wifi is available so it’s easy to keep in touch with people back home or plan for other parts of your trip. For those traveling by car, free parking is available.

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Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
2.18 km (1.4 mi) from Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
258 reviews  
Private room in bed and breakfast 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
they set up a beautiful room for us with a front yard view which we enjoyed very much
we appreciated the breakfast spread in the morning too
the room is clean and tidy and vanessa has even prepared some fresh flowers in the room
we also enjoyed her breakfast
fresh flowers in room and she also gave us some lemons off their tree
everything was clean and comfy
everything was very clean
it was clean and spacious
it is very clean and comfortable house
toilet and shower are clean too
hosts great with advice and suggestions
the host is very friendly
they were great hosts and kind people
they were very accommodating and made sure we very comfortable
friendly home in suburbs of oamaru
good location and lovely house recommend
vanessa’s place is an awesome location
good location easy to find comfortable room with great sunshine
warm rooms great breakfast and you get a discount at the station wok chinese restaurant
great host and location would like to recommend to all travelers
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11. Peaceful garden view room

This place is all about the views! They look out over the town and out to the sea. The location is ideal as well, as the town center is close and many activities are within walking distance. It is a cozy place that is great for couples, solo travelers, and business travelers. The room is at the back of the house with access to the terrace. A bathroom is right next to the room. The rental has a small couch, and chairs outside to make use of. There are hooks to hang coats, but no wardrobe is in this room. There is the option to assemble a portable clothes-rack if needed. Guests can make full use of the kitchen and lounge area. The host works all day, so guests may have the house to themselves a lot. But the host is available to offer suggestions and ideas as needed. Do note, a cat also lives here.

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1.94 km (1.3 mi) from Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
89 reviews  
Private room 1 Bed 2 Guests

12. Allan's Eden

Allen’s Eden is a private room in a family home. It offers fantastic views of the mountains and optimal comfort. There is a comfortable queen-sized bed that ensures guests will sleep well. The room opens out into a back garden and patio with seating. Access to the room is both internal and external through a private entryway. Tea and coffee supplies will be available in the room. Guests will also have access to their own shower and toilet. The kitchen, dining, and lounge areas are available to guests but are shared with the hosts. For those traveling by car, parking is available.

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Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
3.16 km (2.0 mi) from Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
270 reviews   Wifi Available
PRIVATE ROOM IN HOME 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
big room downstairs with lovely garden views
cozy bed with a great view in a lovely garden
john has a very impressive collection of bottles you can peruse outside the room
you will be welcomed and will enjoy the private warm space and lovely breakfast
very comfortable warm home wonderful breakfast and great conversation
clean and tiny room
clean bathroom very worth
the room is very clean and cosy
dorothy & john's place was clean cute and cozy
the place is clean and tidy and cozy
amazing hosts welcoming and warm
hosts are very friendly
thank you for their kind advice and breakfast
thanks you lovely hosts
wonderful hosts we loved it :) x
location is great room spacy and bed very confortable
great place to spend the night
a great place to stay
a good place to stay with a nice comfy bed
excellent place to stay beautiful garden
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13. Private room (from USD 48)

This accommodation in Oamaru, New Zealand, is a private room in a home close to town. There are two rooms that are available for rent here. The house has nice views and a lovely garden. In the room is a comfortable queen bed. Guests have access to the entire house. There are a washing machine and dryer in case any laundry needs to be done. Linens are all provided by the hosts. An indoor fireplace keeps things cozy in the winter. There is wifi available as well. Guests can also use the kitchen to prepare meals.

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Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
1.32 km (0.9 mi) from Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony
190 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
PRIVATE ROOM IN HOME 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great wifi and well equipped kitchen
lovely spacious house with lovely views and comfy bed
the room was big and the view was great from the window
great house (nice view from up there) easy-going host great bed
spacious and comfortable house only a short drive from the penguin colony
the bedroom was clean and quiet the bathroom was very clean too
nice clean place to stay
nice clean and convenient place to stay
the room is clean and tidy with a comfortable bed
bed room and house are very clean and comfortable :-)
ross was a fantastic host
ross is an amazing host
ross was such a great host
ross is very friendly and helpful host
ross is a great host highly recommended
home close to "old oamaru"and comfortable
great location and super host
good location close to downtown and the blue penguin view site
great room and only a short walk from the town centre
great location & a lovely host
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Lots to see and do

Oamaru has plenty to offer, no matter your interests! It has sightseeing, shopping, and penguins. So if you are planning a trip here, be sure to take a look at these top ten Airbnb vacation rentals for the best stay possible.

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