The Paintbox, cute 1950s character, wide sea views

Bach or holiday home | Oamaru | #12219

9.2/10 (112 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.

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-Nov-17 to 30-Jun-18
$80/night $80/night
2 night minimum stay
Default Tariff
01-Jul-18 to 21-Nov-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. Service fees may also apply.

Reviews (151)

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  • A lovely tiny place but had everything we needed

    A lovely tiny place but had everything we needed. Beautiful setting.

    CarolynBa8 100%|3x Oct 2017

  • Great wee place

    Great wee place....a step back in time!

    Robyn Valentine 100%|2x Oct 2017

  • We loved our stay at The Paintbox

    We loved our stay at The Paintbox. Pull back the curtains and watch the sunrise. Magic.

    caroef788 100%|1x Oct 2017

  • We loved our stay at The Paintbox

    We loved our stay at The Paintbox. Pull back the curtains and watch the sunrise. Magic.

    caroef788 100%|1x Oct 2017

  • Awesome crib close to everything including great off lead dog walks

    Awesome crib close to everything including great off lead dog walks. Inspiring to come across such a lovely, well maintained and cared for property/ garden-and CLEAN! Feels like a home from home.

    Helen70 100%|2x Sep 2017

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