Welcome! Looking into the kitchenette from the entrance of the Retreat
Avon View Retreat Sea View Room
Avon View Retreat Sea View Room
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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Self-contained one bedroom apartment with private entrance. Sleeps three. Comfy Queen size bed in master bedroom. Living room with a quality double sized sofa bed. Stunning sea views. Secure. Peaceful. Private. Fully equipped kitchenette. Walk everywhere.

The space

The Retreat is a self-contained space on the ground floor of our family home on Avon Street.

Our home is not the Ritz as it is an older style property, but the location is! Nesting on the hill overlooking the Oamaru Harbour taking in stunning sea views, Avon View is conveniently located between the Yellow Eyed and Blue Penguin Colonies and only a short walk to the Historic Precinct, Steampunk HQ, I-Site, Cafés and Restaurants.

The Retreat has its own private entrance off a secluded BBQ area and a beautiful fairy tale garden with big native trees, tucked away reading nooks and quiet places to collect yourself and be at peace.

This listing is for our Sea View Room - a lovingly refurbished guest room with one supremely comfortable queen size bed. Guests will have their own private bathroom and a simple yet functional kitchenette (mini-fridge, microwave, oven, toaster, kettle, cooking utensils, spice rack, free coffee/tea).

Upon request and for a small surcharge of NZD 15 we can prepare the sofa bed in the living room. However there is no additional charge if you book our place with 3 people.

Relax in our recently extended and renovated TV lounge with comfy couch and a big wooden dining table. We offer Sky TV (Satellite) with 5+ Sports Channels and have a selection of music and movies for you to choose from.

We have recently upgraded our heating system to include a heatpump, panel heaters and electric blankets (winter) so your stay will be as cosy as possible.

Our Retreat has one other bedroom. If you need a little more space or if you wish to have separate bedrooms please refer to our other listings: “Avon View Retreat Sunset Room” (sleeps up to 3) https://www.airbnb.co.nz/rooms/14641454 and
“Avon View Retreat - 2 Bdrm Apartment” (sleeps up to 6) https://www.airbnb.co.nz/rooms/5173365

Guest access

Guests will have access to secure off-street parking.

The Retreat has its own private entrance via an external stairway. Guests will have access to a sunny courtyard & garden shared by the friendly house owners.

Guests have sole access to Avon View Retreat. The place is for the exclusive use of YOU and rented ONLY to one party at a time.

The upper level of the house is not accessible to guests.
For guests who book the 1 bedroom apartment the other bedroom won´t be accessible.

Interaction with guests

While we like to meet our guests in passing, Avon View Retreat is very private and frequently guests come and go without seeing us.

We want our guests to feel welcome and comfortable in our home and are happy to share our local knowledge with you whether it is on Oamaru events, attractions or restaurants.

While the owners, Sue & Frank, work full time, Kristin can be reached on her phone at any time and is happy to assist you if you need her help.

Other things to note

This isn’t a hotel. It’s a cozy self-contained apartment for friendly people to enjoy a private but home-like experience.

While tea & coffee making facilities are provided, we are not a traditional 'B&B' with a breakfast offering but we can recommend that you head to Tees St. Cafe (10min walk) for all of your breakfast needs.

The Sea View Room is suited for couples with one infant (cot bed can be provided) or one young child to share the existing bed. A surcharge may apply so please contact us BEFORE you make a booking. If you travel with older kids please have a look at our "Sunset Room"-listing which has an additional single bed.

Our old cat “Sparky” knows all our neighbours. In between chasing other cats and sea gulls he takes regular catnaps in the sunniest spots in our garden. He only comes home for a pat, a meal and the occasional sleepover by the fire in winter and only has access to the upstairs floor and not the Retreat.

Please note that bookings during the summer season (December-April) may require a 2 night minimum.


Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 couch

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

We welcome all people of all ages to share & enjoy!

On departure please make sure you leave the kitchen clean and tidy (wash, dry AND put away dishes). Clean the oven. We will charge an additional CLEANING FEE if dirty dishes are left uncleaned or insuffciently cleaned.

Switch off all appliances such as oven, kettle, coffee machine, heaters, TV and Lights and close the windows.

Please return your house key to us.


Sharing is caring ;-) The house owners work full-time and would appreciate if you could keep the noise level down after 10pm.

Relax, kick back, and pack your best socks. The shoes are coming off inside our Retreat ;-)

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - One flight of steep and narrow stairs leading up to the entrance of the Retreat. Let us know your arrival time and we happily assist with your luggage
Pet(s) live on property - Our old cat “Sparky” lives on the property but doesn´t have access to the Retreat.
Some spaces are shared - Laundryline, garden and driveway are shared with the friendly house owners.
Amenity limitations - Our hot water tank is heated centrally by the council twice daily. Excessive usage (eg. full tub + several showers) may cause hot water to run out.


19 Reviews

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Karen User Profile
May 2017
We had a lovely weekend in this apartment arranged by Kristin. Kristin has been very helpful, and provided lots of useful information to explore Oamaru. The place is very well located, super clean and very cozy. We had a great time in this place, highly recommended.

Di User Profile
March 2017
Beautiful place for stay. It is my dream house. Thank you so much for your hospitality.

Angie User Profile
November 2016
Lovely place to stay with bathroom amenities and fruit selection an added bonus. Great communication from Kristin very friendly and informative. Thank you

Nichola User Profile
September 2016
The place was lovely - so beautifully decorated, sunny and an amazing view. Nice to be self contained too. Definitely stay there again.

Lindsey User Profile
August 2017
Our stay in Oamaru was great! Kristin was a wonderful and communicative host. The apartment had everything we needed and we had a beautiful view of the town and the water!

Shuang User Profile
May 2017
Perfect experience. Lovely and cozy place, feel so homy. My parents and I enjoyed it so much and would definitely recommend it to others. The host are so nice and every little details are filled with love.

Yan User Profile
April 2017
Great house and great garden!

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Sue User Profile
I´m Sue, your host at Avon View Retreat. I love my hometown and sharing it with others. I genuinely enjoy people from all walks of life. Everyone has a story. I enjoy a wide variety of interests: photography, yoga, cooking, music, the arts. With my husband Frank I share…

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