Chillawhile Backpackers Art Gallery
Chill-A-While featured on Getaway Australia as Oamaru's creative destination for artists and musicians and is highly recommended by Lonely Planet.
Lonely Planet review
Unleash your creative spirit at this funky and colourful hostel in a restored two-story Victorian residence. Guests are encouraged to draw and paint, or create sweet soul music on the hostel's guitars, pianos, didgeridoo and African drums. With all that creative energy, there's definitely a laid back social vibe, and Chillawhile is one of NZ's best and most unique hostels.
Off street parking, secured bike shelter and bike hire, ZENBU WiFi. Age Restricted Dorms, Heated Rooms, Atomic Shuttle Bus Service drop off and pick up at Chillawhile.
Official Check in 4pm-9pm, Late check out 11.30am - late self check ins are possible for our private rooms advance payment is required, free luggage storage for guests arriving early by bus.
Age restricted dormitory rooms 18 years to 38 years
Hostel age restricted 50 years and under
No age restrictions for families staying in our family room
Art for Artists, Music for Musicians.
Creative hostel in Oamaru - featured on Australian Television 2011, Getaway Australia Travel Program.
The Chillawhile Victorian home was built in 1883 during the colonial times of the British Empire, created by Welsh Historian W.H.S Roberts, the original name of the house was Marapua which is the Maori word for flower.
Chillawhile Art Gallery is an open Art Studio for creative guests and the Chillawhile Lounge is a meeting place for travelling musicians.
Weather you are an artist, musician or have an appreciation for music and art you will fall in love with Chillawhile Backpackers Art Gallery.
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- Age Restriction
- Bicycle hire
- Bicycle parking
- Book exchange
- Child Friendly
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Free City Maps
- Free Parking
- Jobs Board
- Key Card Access
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- No Curfew
- Towels For Hire
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
DirectionsShow MapHide Map
From North SH1 (Christchurch and Timaru)
Go 3 blocks past New World Supermarket, first right (Frome Street) after Four Square and before Roberts park.
From South SH1 (Dunedin)
Take SH1/Thames St north for 1km through Oamaru.
Frome Street is first left after Roberts park and
before the Four Square supermarket.
Directions / How to find Chillawile hostel
We are located in the North End behind Roberts Park and are viewable from the Thames Highway, across the road from the Post Office, Public Pay Phone, Chemist/Pharmacy and ATM Money Machine. We are a 5-minute drive into the centre of town or a 25-minute walk; taxis from the bus are about $10
Nearby Moeraki boulders, Elephant Rocks, Yellow Eyed Penguins and Little Blue Pengings on Waitaki Vanished World Heritage Trail.
Oamaru is central to the South Island on the East Coast of New Zealand, 3 hours south of Christchurch and 1 hour 20 minutes North of Dunedin.