The Paintbox, cute 1950s character, wide sea views

Bach or holiday home | Oamaru | #12219

9.2/10 (117 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.

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 a short, 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

Availability & rates*

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

Rate period Week day Weekend/Holiday
Flat Rate
22-Jan-18 to 30-Jun-18
$80/night $80/night
2 night minimum stay
Default Tariff
01-Jul-18 to 22-Jan-19
$80/night $80/night
2 night minimum stay

*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 (156)

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  • Very quaint cottage

    Very quaint cottage. A lovely spot having a great view of Oamaru. Can only recommend.

    TonyGo13 new member Jan 2018

  • Great property

    Great property. Exactly as described.

    BryanDo3 new member Jan 2018

  • Location- elevated so great unblocked distant views of sea/ cliffs

    Location- elevated so great unblocked distant views of sea/ cliffs. In a neighbourhood so I felt safe even though I was alone, yet enough privacy to feel like it was a retreat Property - so cute/ such an experience of vintage theme/clean/ comfortable/ all necessities provided/ garden maintained with love with wonderful picnic spot and views------- a property full of love / warmth and soul.

    zainaha9 100%|2x Dec 2017

  • Gorgeous 60's bach, beautiful view and very peaceful

    Gorgeous 60's bach, beautiful view and very peaceful

    carolynle1 100%|5x Dec 2017

  • Delightful little cottage

    Delightful little cottage. Suits my needs perfectly with the added bonus of grandmotherly charm.

    JackW954 100%|3x Nov 2017

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