Chillawhile Backpackers Art Gallery

1 Frome Street, Oamaru, New Zealand 10687 views 10687

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Chill-A-While featured on Getaway Australia as Oamaru's creative destination for artists and musicians and is highly recommended by Lonely Planet.

Lonely Planet review

Unleash your creative spirit at this funky and colourful hostel in a restored two-story Victorian residence. Guests are encouraged to draw and paint, or create sweet soul music on the hostel's guitars, pianos, didgeridoo and African drums. With all that creative energy, there's definitely a laid back social vibe, and Chillawhile is one of NZ's best and most unique hostels.

Off street parking, secured bike shelter and bike hire, ZENBU WiFi. Age Restricted Dorms, Heated Rooms, Atomic Shuttle Bus Service drop off and pick up at Chillawhile.

Official Check in 4pm-9pm, Late check out 11.30am - late self check ins are possible for our private rooms advance payment is required, free luggage storage for guests arriving early by bus.

Age restricted dormitory rooms 18 years to 38 years

Hostel age restricted 50 years and under

No age restrictions for families staying in our family room



From North SH1 (Christchurch and Timaru)
Go 3 blocks past New World Supermarket, first right (Frome Street) after Four Square and before Roberts park.

From South SH1 (Dunedin)
Take SH1/Thames St north for 1km through Oamaru.
Frome Street is first left after Roberts park and
before the Four Square supermarket.

Directions / How to find Chillawile hostel
We are located in the North End behind Roberts Park and are viewable from the Thames Highway, across the road from the Post Office, Public Pay Phone, Chemist/Pharmacy and ATM Money Machine. We are a short drive into the centre of town or a 25-minute walk; taxis from the bus are about $10
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