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Make Your Visit to Oamaru Truly Special!

Oamaru and the Waitaki District have been one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing travel destinations for several years, and it’s easy to see why. As one of the country’s most historic and beautiful towns, with a unique look and feel that earned it the accolade “New Zealand’s coolest town” from Lonely Planet, Oamaru has something for just about everyone, whether you’re interested in architecture, wildlife, scenery, art and culture, gastronomy and more! And as the premiere boutique hotel in Oamaru, Pen-y-bryn is the place to stay if you want a truly memorable and enjoyable visit to this stunning town, while at the same time being close to many more of the South Island’s most iconic attractions. Read more inside about why we think your visit to New Zealand should include Oamaru, and what makes a stay with us something very special indeed!

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Gourmet Cuisine

Evening dining is a highlight of any stay at Pen-y-bryn. As members of both the Slow Food Movement and the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, we take the preparation and the presentation of our meals very seriously, and pride ourselves on serving seasonal, local and healthful foods. Much of the produce comes from our own gardens, and what we cannot grow ourselves we source from local and sustainable farms. Meats and seafood generally come from within a 100km radius of the lodge, and we can tailor menus to suit any dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and more.

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Why Book Direct?

Booking direct not only ensures that you get the best available rate (including specials that are only offered to guests who book directly), but also allows us to tailor your visit to your particular preferences. If you have special interests, whether it’s in our many attractions, or in the gastronomy of our area, we can organise outings for you, and help schedule your activities so you don’t find yourself unable to do the things you want to. And if you have dietary restrictions, we can be sure to have suitable items on hand for your breakfast, canapés and, if you opt to dine with us, for dinner.

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Choose from some of the most popular vacation packages

Wildlife Package

Oamaru and the Waitaki District are a nature-lover’s paradise. Our rugged coastline is home to two very special penguin species: the Blue Penguin, which is the world’s smallest penguin, and the Yellow-Eyed Penguin, which is one of the rarest. Both of these penguin species are easily visited from Pen-y-bryn Lodge, and we can ensure that you experience them to the fullest. Read More

Glamping Package

A visit to the Waitaki District would not be complete without a stay in the stunningly beautiful countryside of the Waitaki Valley, just 45 minutes away from Pen-y-bryn. We have teamed up with Valley Views Glamping to offer you an experience that is literally the best of both worlds, combining a stay at Pen-y-bryn with a stay in their specially designed geodesic tents. Read More


Pen-y-bryn has long been a popular destination for honeymooners, and we are pleased to offer a special package just for those of you celebrating your special day! Enjoy a two-night stay in one of our superior suites, including a gourmet four-course degustation dinner served at a private table and tailored to your dietary preferences. Check Out