The Paintbox, cute 1950s character, wide sea views

Bach or holiday home | Oamaru | #12219

9.1/10 (90 ratings)
  • 2 people
  • 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.

Now with unlimited WiFi.

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. A new TV has satellite Freeview, plus DVD.

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.

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
21-Jan-17 to 21-Jan-18
$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. Bookings paid for through Bookabach online payments incur a 3% credit card transaction fee.

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  • If you want a unique and tranquil holiday experience at any time...

    If you want a unique and tranquil holiday experience at any time of the year, complete with all the comforts, wifi, TV and a place to take your beloved pet, look no further than the Paintbox, Oamaru.

    Karen_Si1 100%|1x Jan 2017

  • This was my second time staying at the Paintbox, again I had...

    This was my second time staying at the Paintbox, again I had a lovely, relaxing time. The weather wasn’t great, but I enjoyed lots of reading, looking out at the wonderful view, and a few soaks in the tub. I will definitely be back for another stay :)

    MikeA654 100%|1x Jan 2017

  • A very cosy wee cottage

    A very cosy wee cottage .. with an awesome view and garden..

    joand419 100%|2x Dec 2016

  • Ayla offers a lovely little place, full of kiwiana, just perfect for...

    Ayla offers a lovely little place, full of kiwiana, just perfect for a laid back stay in Oamaru. Happy to recommend to anyone

    Calou66 100%|23x Dec 2016

  • The Paintbox is in a lovely location with amazing views over Oamaru...

    The Paintbox is in a lovely location with amazing views over Oamaru and the sea. Would have appreciated fewer knick knacks and more usable space for the guests. Enjoyed our stay.

    LenaH375 100%|2x Dec 2016

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