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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 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Good 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 8.9

  • Security 8.6

  • Location 9.4

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 8.0

  • Cleanliness 6.9

  • Facilities 8.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    02 Feb 2019
    Fantastic place- great atmosphere, good facilities, friendly staff and very peaceful!
    England, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    18 Jan 2019
    Bruce is a fantastic host and very helpful. His staff are great. A nice central place to stay in Oamaru. The facilities were good.
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 9.4


    27 Mar 2019
    Lavleen is the best! Please find me on FB so we can stay in touch! Thank you so much for sharing your stories
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 9.4


    10 Feb 2019
    I feel like a lot of people skip Oamaru but I thought it was so lovely, and this was the cutest hostel I stayed in in NZ. Love it! Thanks for having me!
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    18 Apr 2019
    very convenient, good facilities and friedly helpful staff.
    New Zealand, Couple, 41+
  • 9.1


    03 Dec 2018
    We booked an all female room wich was overbooked, but got a free upgrade into an private room. Location is great. Close to the victorian part of Oamaru, wich is arguably the nicest. had a beautiful fireplace. Only little bummer was that the reception didn't open at the time it was supposed to and we couldn't get back in after checking out. But after a few calls the staffs arrived. Other than that, great Hostel in a even greater city. Make sure to check out Steampunk HQ (book via
    Germany, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 8.6


    06 Jan 2019
    I had a pleasant peaceful stay, thanks
    Australia, Male, 41+
  • 8.6


    17 Sep 2018
    Nice central spot and close to the beautiful old looking street where you can go to the cute little bakery, be amazed by some artwork/sculptures, taste some Whisky or walk to the harbour. Nice old building, would agree with the mattress is a bit thin. Nice and hot showers and quite a big kitchen. Really nice to have a charge point right next to the bed! Wifi is free, just use the code on tge small voucher. There is no elevator so bare in mind you have to carry your luggage up the stairs.
    Netherlands, Female, 25-30
  • 8.0


    19 Feb 2019
    Great little place to stay, everything ok and close to everything. Only warning is that train is noisy when it passed through in the night but I guess that is the same for most places there
    England, Male, 41+
  • 5.4


    12 Jul 2018
    I stayed one night. It was VERY cold in the room, kitchen, bathroom... The staff wasn't nice. Only the place in the city is good.
    France, Female, 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