The Paintbox, cute 1950s character, wide sea views

Bach or holiday home | Oamaru | #12219

9.2/10 (134 ratings)
  • 2 Guests
  • 1 Bedrooms
  • 2 Beds
  • 1 Bathrooms
  • Kids ok
  • Pets ok
  • No smoking


  • Colourful and cosy, tiny Kiwi bach with panoramic ocean and sky views.
  • As featured in the November 2010 issue of NZ House & Garden magazine.
  • 20 min walk to historic town area, or retreat and take your holiday in the bach.

Available until Nov 2018.

Experience staying in Oamaru's smallest, cutest house, with a beautiful backyard garden, an interior to treat the artist's eye, and expansive views across sea and sky to lift the soul.

Remember simple pleasures? Watch the sun rise out of the sea from your bed, lounge in the bath, read a book for hours, picnic on the lookout, or let the open views inspire you to paint, write, or take up meteorology. Walk down to the movies (10 min), then sit on the tiny front deck watching the twinkling lights of town. TV has Freeview plus DVD, WiFi is unlimited.

Explore unique historic Oamaru, with its unbroken streetscapes of both the grand and the workaday architecture of the 1800s, all built in the local whitestone, and much of it looking as if it had been transported from Ancient Greece. In the old harbourside area, artists and traditional craftspeople have set up shop in the former warehouses. Many of them wear period costumes.

Oamaru has a good network of walking trails. The skyline trail follows the ridge above the bach across farmland. Towards town includes the old and beautifully kept public gardens. Then past town to volcanic Cape Wanbrow, overlooking the harbour. Blue Penguins (the world's smallest) and Yellow Eyed Penguins (one of the world's rarest) can both be seen around the cape.

The district is one of stunning natural beauty, with lush rolling farmland, empty surf beaches, and snowy ridges inland. Spend a day on the self-guided Fossil Trail exploring ancient marine landscapes, (including the famous Moeraki Boulders), or in the beautiful Waitaki River valley. You could do something different every day for weeks - my personal favourites are detailed in the visitor information in the bach.

Because I feel that The Paintbox is so suited for retreats, either creative or spiritual, I offer cheap long-term rates in winter. The bach is very easy to heat and power is included.

Access via fairly steep footpath and front steps.

Special conditions: Usual arrival time is after 4pm and departure before 11am. This allows the caretaking staff to keep the standards high. Please ask if you need an exception to this. A minimum 2 night stay applies all year, thank you.


  • Bath tub
  • DVD player
  • Freeview (TM)
  • Fridge
  • Internet (WiFi)
  • Microwave
  • Mobile coverage - Spark
  • Mobile coverage - Vodafone
  • Oven
  • TV

Bed layouts

  • Bedroom

    2 x Single bed


Maybe booked

  • Extras: Cleaning $30.00 per stay (optional); Linen $12.00 per person (optional)
  • Gifts & giveaways: Retreat Offers: Stay 2 weeks, receive 2 free nights per week. Stay 3 weeks or more, receive 3 free nights per week (available May, June July, August)

  • Multi-night stay: Get 1 FREE night when you stay for 7 nights or longer. Not valid for periods where a last minute discount applies. Free night applies to lowest priced night.

  • Last minute bookings: 10% off for stays over the next 7 nights

*Pricing may vary depending on the dates you choose and the number of guests. Additional charges (extras) and minimum stay criteria may also apply. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (173)

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  • Great wee house

    Great wee house. A really colourful, cosy place to stay, with great views over Oamaru. We were stoked we could bring our dog there, and look forward to staying ther again next time we visit.

    ChrisAbel 100%|2x Jul 2018

  • I forgot to leave feedback in the guestbook but the crib was...

    I forgot to leave feedback in the guestbook but the crib was an ideal bolt hole for me and the dogs

    ShirleyGo4 100%|1x Jul 2018

  • We are so in love with this bach

    We are so in love with this bach. It's just so cute and cosy and has fantastic views over the town and ocean. We loved the retro furnishings and homely touches. Definitely would love to come back. We are very grateful to be able to bring our dog with us too. Also had a great reserve up on the hill behind to walk our dog with great views. Would thoroughly recommend.

    fionan527 100%|5x May 2018

  • A slight surprise to find that there was no shower! But it...

    A slight surprise to find that there was no shower! But it added to the charm and authenticity.

    simple 100%|1x May 2018

  • Tiny but warmly appointed in retro style

    Tiny but warmly appointed in retro style. Homely. the garden and the views quite special. I'll be back.

    JackW954 100%|5x Apr 2018

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