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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
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  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


Empire Hotel Backpackers

Book more than 2 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

The Empire is an old favourite amongst backpackers. We are located in the CENTRE of town, near the information centre (i-SITE) in the Historic (Victorian) Precinct. We are well-known for being clean, warm and friendly.

There are 2 lounges, one with a large screen TV and a log fire. We have heaters in the bedrooms and endless hot water. Other facilities include: 3 computers kiosks, WiFi (access via a hotspot), pool table, piano, off-street parking, and... a video library!

We are part of the Historic Precinct and a 15 minute walk to the Blue Penguin Colony. Make sure to visit Steampunk Headquarters and Annie's Victorian Tea Rooms - there is more to see in Oamaru than the guidebooks tell you.

We are surrounded by restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and close to a supermarket. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 7.3

  • Security 8.0

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 7.3

  • Cleanliness 9.3

  • Facilities 8.7

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    06 May 2021
    What a great hostel, really enjoyed my stay. Booked 2 nights and ended up staying for 6. Clean everywhere, lovely hot showers, good kitchen & socialising space, cosy lounge downstairs with log fire. The people that run it are super nice. Bruce has excellent local knowledge about Oamaru, and the history of the hostel building. One of my favourite hostel stays in NZ and there have been many!
    England, Female, 31-40
  • 10.0


    15 Apr 2021
    A great place to stay. The staff are laidback, friendly and very interesting to talk to. The rooms are clean and spacious and the beds very comfortable. Both the heating and WiFi functioned ideally. The kitchen had all the amenities with a very cooking and eating area. The Hotel has an old victorian style atmosphere. I highly recommend this place.
    New Zealand, Male, 41+
  • 10.0


    10 Feb 2020
    Super friendly staff and other guests, great spot and close to everything
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    02 Feb 2020
    I loved my stay at the Empire Hotel I love the history of the hotel and the area The bedrooms are spacious
    Australia, Female, 41+
  • 9.7


    20 Nov 2019
    Fantastic hostel. Staff were super friendly and helpful. Hostel is a heritage hotel from the 1860s but everything was well maintained and up to date.
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1


    21 Dec 2021
    I loved my days there, very attentive staff. Good shower, location, don't need glamour if you want to enjoy the city and have only one place to sleep 😊😉
    Brazil, Female, 31-40
  • 8.6


    23 Jan 2020
    Nice place, there was a kitchen upstairs too so you had lots of space to cook, rooms were nice too
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    13 Nov 2019
    It is located right in the heart of the town, decent walk to the penguin colonies. There is plenty of food and a market near. The city had quite a charm. The restrooms are small as well as the kitchen, but there are two kitchens. There is free parking around back.
    USA, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 8.0


    02 Nov 2020
    It was kept warm with a big log fire, heaters in bedroom and electric blankets which was just the things I needed in the cold south of NZ
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 6.3


    16 Jan 2022
    We arrived during office open hours but no one was there. The bed was old and soft, pillows were hard as rock and the towels were pretty threadbare. There was no atmosphere at all; we ended up reading our books in our room. The location is awesome though and so was the one staff member we encountered. Would not stay again.
    New Zealand, Couple, 31-40
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Dryer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Microwave
  • Parking
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • DVD's
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi