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Chillawhile Backpackers Art Gallery

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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

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Highlights

  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Laundry Facilities

Important Information

Chillawhile Backpackers Art Gallery is a small hostel in a two-storey Victorian residence; there are 6 sleeping rooms with 29 beds all beds are fully made, 3 communal kitchens, lounge, dining room, art gallery and music room. Bathrooms and Toilets are on both floors.

Booking Desk: WiFi vouchers, evening penguin viewings, bike hire, atomic shuttle and penguin express tours, Elephant Rocks climbing and cycle tours.

Official check in 4pm-9pm, Late check out 11.30am - late self check ins are possible for our private rooms - advance payment is required.

We accept cash or credit card, credit card payments incur a 5% additional charge and there is a cash machine across the road.

Zenbu WiFi is available in vouchers of 20mb, 50mb and 200mb.

24/7 coin operated Laundry Facilities, washing machine and dryer.

Free off street parking and secured bike shelters are available. We are a 6-minute drive to the Little Blue Penguin Colony, 10-minute drive to the Yellow Eyed Penguins.

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.

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Hotel Amenities

  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Book Exchange
  • Foosball
  • Free City Maps
  • Key Card Access
  • Kitchen
  • Linen Included
  • Parking

general

  • Jobs Board
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Towels for Hire

parking

  • Bicycle Parking
  • Free Parking

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