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Get an overview of this hotelLuxury lodge with free breakfast and restaurant


Situated in the historical district, this luxury lodge is within 1 mi (2 km) of NZ Malt Whisky Company, Oamaru Gardens, and Totara Estate. Grainstore Gallery and Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Property Features

A restaurant, a 24-hour health club, and a bar/lounge are available at this lodge. Free full breakfast, free WiFi in public areas, and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, a library, tour/ticket assistance, and a garden are onsite.

Room Amenities

All 5 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and iPod docks. Guests will also find Egyptian cotton sheets, free local calls, and hair dryers.

Lodge Amenities

Lodge Amenities

The lodge offers a restaurant. A bar/lounge is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. A complimentary breakfast is offered each morning. Public areas are equipped with complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access.

This Victorian lodge also offers a 24-hour health club, a library, and tour/ticket assistance. Complimentary self parking is available on site.

  • Number of floors - 2 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Free breakfast 
  • 24-hour health club 
  • Total number of rooms - 5 
  • Free self parking 
  • Fireplace in lobby 
  • Billiards or pool table 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Library 
  • Garden 
  • Restaurant 
  • Year Built 1889 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2 


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Phone 
  • Free local calls 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Turndown service 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Free WiFi 
  • MP3 docking station 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Cribs/infant beds (surcharge) 
  • Egyptian-cotton sheets 
  • Individually furnished 
  • Individually decorated 

Where to Eat

A complimentary full breakfast is served each morning between 8 AM and 10:00 AM.

Gourmet Dinner - This restaurant specializes in Modern European cuisine and serves dinner only. Reservations are required. Open daily.

Nearby Things to Do

Recreational amenities at the lodge include a 24-hour health club.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 

Lodge Policies


Check-in time starts at 2:30 PM

Check-in time ends at 6:30 PM

Special check-in instructions:


Check-out time is 10:30 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available for NZD 50 per night.


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

No rollaway/extra beds available


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Crib (infant bed) fee: NZD 50 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Lodge Name

  • Pen-y-bryn
  • Pen-y-bryn Lodge
  • Pen-y-bryn Lodge Oamaru
  • Pen-y-bryn Oamaru

National Rating

Qualmark® assigns an official classification for accommodations in New Zealand. This Lodge property has been awarded the Qualmark® Luxury Lodge classification, and is displayed on this page as 5.0 stars.

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Absolutely perfect in every way!

5 out of 5
by from Madison, CT
Posted Jan 17, 2016
Pros: Everything, but mostly its elegance and its owners!
Cons: Nothing at all!
Location: 5 minutes from Penguin Colony
Not only is the lodge gorgeous and in a great location, but what really makes Pen y Bryn special is the personal attention from the owners. James greeted us by the car with an umbrella, offered us gourmet cookies he had baked that morning, later met us and the other guests in the drawing room for complementary wine and gourmet appetizers he had made! He is truly a warm, fascinating person and shared many amazing stories of his travels. The lodge is reminiscent of a Scottish estate and we were welcome to wander about enjoying the diverse artwork, play snooker in the billiards room, admire the gardens. Each room has a name and makes you feel like a guest in a European castle...exquisite furnishings, decor, and view. The lodge is a mere 5 minutes from the blue penguin colony, which was our primary reason for visiting. Our only regret is that we did not stay longer! We are traveling around the entire South Island and by far this was our favorite place! Would love to return and will definitely tell everyone who plans to come to New Zealand to stay at Pen y Bryn! Thanks James and James!!! You guys are awesome!
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Historic restored lodge

5 out of 5
by from bethesda md
Posted Jan 27, 2014
Stayed here one night. The American ex-pat owners have restored this lodge to a very high level. The guest rooms (we saw two) are beautiful as are the common areas. The owners are very proud of the lodge and enthusiastic about explaining its history. Although we did not eat dinner at the lodge (our mistake for not booking it before we arrived) James served us canapés and wine (both of very high quality) and we had an informative conversation about Oamaru and things to do. James made reservations for us and got us tickets to view the penguins returning at dusk. (A must see activity - get premium seating.). In hindsight we should have stayed at the lodge two nights having dinner there at least once. There is a lot to see in and around Oamaru. The lodge is pricey but worth it. It's not a place for kids though; the furnishings are too exquisite and without tv they may be too rambunctious.
Comment from Hotel Management
Mar 12, 2015 by James 1
Thank you for your review, and we're so happy you enjoyed your stay with us! It's true, there is a lot to do in the Oamaru area, so more and more guests wish they had planned to spend longer, whether at our place or elsewhere in the area. It's not for nothing that Lonely Planet deems Oamaru "New Zealand's coolest town"! Regarding children, we do welcome children who are ready for the lodge experience, and in fact have a television (and a large library of DVDs) to help keep them entertained. Many kids really enjoy being able to pretend that they are living in a bygone age while staying here!
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