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Empire Backpackers

Hostel | 13 Thames Street, Oamaru Oamaru, New Zealand 9400

88.1% Overall Rating

52 out of 55 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (12/11/2015)

"Kitchen was well equipped. The manager, Mandy, was very helpful about the area and what to see"

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  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Games room
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Pool table(s)
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Washing machines

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen
  • Towel

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 12:00
Latest Check-out: 9:00

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The Empire is an old favourite amongst backpackers. We are located in the centre of town, near the information centre (i-SITE) in the Historic (Victorian) Precinct. We are well-known for being clean, warm and friendly. Read more

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About Empire Backpackers

There are 2 lounges, one with a large screen TV and a log fire. We have heaters in the bedrooms and endless hot water. Other facilities include: 3 computers kiosks, WiFi (access via a hotspot), pool table, piano, off-street parking, and... a video library!

Accommodation Information

All our bedrooms are heated, beds comfortable with extra blankets available. Beds are fully made up, linen and duvets supplied free. Twins, doubles and singles have a bedside table and reading lamp. As our historic building was built in 1867 the bedrooms are a little small but we make up for it with 2 large lounges and plenty of historic character. The Empire has fire sprinklers and is monitored with the ADT.

Location Information

We are part of the Historic Precinct and a 15 minute walk to the Blue Penguin Colony. Make sure to visit Steampunk Headquarters and Annie's Victorian Tea Rooms - there is more to see in Oamaru than the guidebooks tell you.

We are surrounded by restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and close to a supermarket.

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