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(52) Martin
Tue, 13 January 2015

Amazing vibe in this place! Lots of nice instruments and pictures everywhere and at least the same amount of cool people. Cheers!

(51) One Piece
Thu, 12 December 2013


(50) Manuel Allgaier
Mon, 4 February 2013

I stayed longer than i planned in oamaru, just because of the hostel. it has a very nice atmosphere, you always see someone painting or making music (there are a piano, guitars, drums and a lot of paintings) and the people are very friendly and share what they have.
my favourite hostel in NZ so far!

(49) Marc
Thu, 17 January 2013

Stayed the second time at this arty place of chill and creativity. Still the warm and cosy spot on the way south or north as a couple of years ago. Never regret to came back here. Makes Oamaru just a place to stay longer than for one night (or to travel through).

(48) Marc
Thu, 17 January 2013

Stayed the second time in that arty place full of chill and creativ vibes. Never regret it and guess never will in future. One reason it makes Oamaru just a cosy and welcome place (even if it rains outside) on a journey across the country.

(47) Allie Rumler
Mon, 14 January 2013

Just arrived, wonderful hostel.

United States of America
(46) paul grainger & family
Thu, 5 July 2012

Stayed a while, chilled a while! The beds are warm and staff are too. The town is great! come make some mates and if your lucky you might see a penguin or two. love the Graingers

(45) james
Sun, 24 June 2012

Great space and very friendly staff! Lots of character in each of the rooms and great showers. Enjoyed the pot luck dinners on thursday evenings and hanging out in the cosy living room.

New Zealand
(44) Boon Hun
Sun, 24 June 2012

A very nice backpacker with a lot to discover. Music, art, people, culture etc.

(43) Stephane Kriznik
Wed, 20 June 2012

Super Awesome!! great place for jamming!

(42) Jordy Smits
Wed, 20 June 2012

Awesome place with a great atmosphere. Great people who really do their best to help you. One of the best hostels in NZ!!

(41) Maxime
Wed, 20 June 2012

A very nice time playing music with the staff and the backpackers! A lot of fun and an artistic place!

(40) Masha
Wed, 20 June 2012

Lovely place to stay. Good music, nice staff and interesting decoration. Just come to see it with your own eyes.

(39) Lea and Augustin
Wed, 25 April 2012

If you're looking for good vibes, be sure to find them here!! Come to paint a beautiful picture, play drums, guitar, piano or other more exotic instruments. Always be sure to keep some energy for the Potluck dinners and some room for cheap pizza days ;) Say hello to the penguins from us!! Thank you chillawhile for the great time and stay such a beautiful and creative plays as you are =) Augustin and Lea

(38) Staff Guru
Tue, 28 February 2012

We had an excellent time there on our last visit. And on Friday April the 13th, the Collective are returning for a weekend of fire and workshops. If you are heading to this wonderful little spot sign up for classes in Fire Staff, Djembe, Hula Hooping, Juggling and poi. $10 per hour per lesson from experienced masters of flame art and performance. You dont want to miss out!! So get in to gear and contact Kelly at ChillAwhile backpackers for more information on how you can get involved.

New Zealand
(37) Dan
Fri, 17 February 2012

Awesome atmosphere, great fun, highly recommend lucky pot dinners a great way to meet other backpackers. Here the painters can paint, the musicians can play, and even the bikers can bike (you can rent mountain bikes out of the hostel, they are great quality and well maintained.) Overall awesome hostel, where anyone can chill, enjoyed my stay.

(36) Ylva
Thu, 12 January 2012

Detta är ett av det bästa hostel som jag har bott på i Nz!
En underbar stämning med musik och som namnet säger, ta det lugnt för en stund!
Helt klart stället du vill bo på när du är i Oamaru och hälsar på de små blå pingvinerna!

(35) Belinda
Mon, 2 January 2012

Quiet refuge away from upheavals in Christchurch. Twice.

New Zealand
(34) ひな
Fri, 30 December 2011


Gravatar (33) jamie
Fri, 30 December 2011

Words can't begin to describe this warm, funky, cool, welcoming and fantastic place. i came for a day and stayed a month just because i was to busy learning all i could from here!

Shall ever more remain in my heart