Empire Hotel Backpackers
Built in 1867, this relaxed hostel is 2 km from the Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony, a 4-minute walk from the Whisky Art Gallery and a 14-minute walk from Oamaru Public Gardens.
The basic mixed and female-only dorms come with Wi-Fi (paid) and shared bathrooms. Private rooms are available, and family rooms sleep 3 to 6 people.
Breakfast and parking are free. Other amenities include bike storage, 2 TV lounges and 2 communal kitchens. There's also a courtyard, a pool table and a coin-operated laundry.