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Empire Hotel Backpackers

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348 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

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.

Reviews & Ratings

348 Total Reviews
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Latest Reviews

Oct 30, 2023
Cozy, quiet hostel at the end of town, near the beach and Victorian quarter. Not super accesible but very well kept!
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Mixed Group, 25-30
Oct 22, 2023
Fine hostel. Only stayed for a couple of days. It seems to be an old building and is decorated a bit old fashioned, but I felt really comfortable. Staff was really nice, and offered to take people on a walk to the pinguins, which was really fun.
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Female, 18-24
Sep 26, 2023
the beds were rock solid. fridges need a deep clean. no one was in reception when I arrived or when I wanted to ask about luggage storage. young lad who was staff was nice but his manager was fairly unfriendly. not much choice in hostels to stay in oamaru so was worth it to see the sights but did not enjoy my stay here. the only positive were some friendly people
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Female, 18-24


  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free Parking
    • Free City Maps
    • Towels Included
    • Free WiFi
    • Free Internet Access
  • General

    • Common Room
    • Bicycle Parking
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Utensils
    • Dryer
    • Parking
    • Hair Dryers
    • Microwave
    • Washing Machine
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Bicycle Hire
    • Luggage Storage
    • Reception (limited hours)
  • Entertainment

    • DVD's
    • Games Room
    • Pool Table
    • Wi-Fi