Chillawhile Backpackers & Art Gallery

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Oamaru’s creative BBH hostel - Social, clean accommodation offering a friendly environment with music and art, six minute drive to the little blue penguins and ten minute drive to Yellow Eyed Penguins. History of Chillawhile Residence originally Marapua House owned by Welsh Historian W.H.S. Roberts. Originally Chillawhile Backpackers was known as Marapua House, Marapua being the Maori word for flower. The house was built from Timber shipped from afar as Tasmania in Australia, fire places are made of Italian Marble. Marapua Estate spanned as far as where the New World supermarket is today 3 blocks North, today the front gardens are now a public garden and park by the name Roberts Park.

Essential Info

Hours of Operation:
Open all hours

Getting Here:
1 Frome St, Oamaru, Waitaki, Otago, New Zealand close to the New world and almost across the street from the 4 square. Turn onto Frome Street by the public toilets on the park, if you see the pedestrian crossing by the 4 Square – you are very close… directly across the road from the Post Office.

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Phone Number

  • 03 437 0168

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Chillawhile Backpackers & Art Gallery
No 1 Frome Street
New Zealand
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