Group Booking Terms and Conditions

Because you are making a Group Booking, there are additional Terms and Conditions that apply. Please read them and click 'I Accept' below to continue with your booking

General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • 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.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • 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.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

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.

Book more than 14 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

This small, traditional and homely hostel is located close to the Bushy Beach Scenic Reserve and just minutes from the town centre. Stay a few days in this friendly and welcoming hostel and experience all that Oamaru has to offer. Relax and unwind, have a BBQ in our garden in the Summer or watch TV in front of the log fire in the evenings during the Winter.
Oamaru is the place to see little Blue and Yellow Eyed penguins, both of which congregate within easy walking distance from the hostel. Oamaru has a magnificent collection of Victorian era white stone buildings, including a museum and art gallery. Browse the market or try a stream train, sample award winning cheeses or visit the Aquatic Centre and public gardens. Only 30 minutes drive to Moeraki Boulders and the Waitaki Valley - home to the Vanished World fossil trail.

YHA New Zealand is a non-profit membership organisation. Non-members pay an additional NZ$3 per person per night fee upon check-in. Memberships can be purchased online or at the hostel. Visit our website to learn about membership and the ways you can experience local communities and the environment through YHA NZ.

Bed and Room Movements

Whilst every endeavour will be made to ensure you are accommodated in the same room throughout your stay, due to limited availability at time of booking, it may be necessary for you to change rooms. If applicable, you will be advised of this at check-in. You will be accommodated in a room of similar or higher standard to that originally booked.
Due to limited availability at time of booking, multi-share accommodation for two or more guests may be provided in separate rooms. Every endeavour will be made to ensure this does not occur, but should this be necessary you will be advised at check-in. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.8

  • Security 8.6

  • Location 8.8

  • Staff 8.6

  • Atmosphere 8.8

  • Cleanliness 8.9

  • Facilities 8.4

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    05 Mar 2020
    I have been a life member of YHA for. 70 years I was delighted to stay in Red Kettle this week and found it a ideal place to stay. Warm, friendly and convenient as I had to stay in Oamaru for one night. Bedding. Was good and kitchen amazingly equipped!
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    16 May 2019
    A lovely homely hostel with a kind warm hearted & welcoming host. Have stayed twice and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to travelers passing through.
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    02 May 2019
    Had a lovely stay! Really nice manager, clean facilities, and so cozy. Would come back!
    USA, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 9.4


    21 Dec 2019
    Lovely staff member - we had a family room - so tons of space for a very low sun!
    England, Female, 41+
  • 9.1


    03 Feb 2020
    Grand little hostel, homely thanks to Sandy. Made very welcome. Handy for town but nice n quiet. Bit of road noise at peak times but you're up by then.
    England, Male, 41+
  • 9.1


    17 Nov 2019
    Really enjoyed my stay at the cozy hostel! I was there for a pretty short time but it was very comfortable for chilling out on a rainy day and I loved all the penguin decorations. I also got upgraded to a private room which I really appreciated!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.3


    11 Apr 2019
    Friendly, quite and relaxed hostel, located just 5 minute walk from the town centre. Ideal for a quite day or two. Comfy beds, no more than 3/4 bed rooms, power sockets, clean communal bathrooms, complimentary towels, living room with wood burning fire. Kitchen is a little dated, but works just fine for a short stay. Great wee place.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 8.0


    20 Jan 2020
    Enjoyed my stay staff was friendly and interested in her been their for her guests homely place
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 8.0


    21 Sep 2019
    Great place to overnight in Oamaru, thank you. Friendly, cosy, well located, everything I needed.
    New Zealand, Male, 41+
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    23 Sep 2019
    Feels like a home rather than a corporate hostel. Quite old fashioned but SO clean. Spotless! Nice lounge with a fire to keep you warm and plenty of books, tv etc for rainy days. Good kitchen with plenty of space for food. Good location in walking distance to everything. Parking outside always available. Cute cat!
    England, Female, 18-24
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  • Free Parking
  • Linen Included
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Fax Service
  • Late check-out
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire