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Pen-y-bryn Lodge

Oamaru, New Zealand


An elegant, spacious, Victorian mansion, steeped in history, Pen-y-bryn offers fine accommodation, epicurean cuisine and exceptional hospitality in an environment that combines the opulence of the 19th Century with the modern conveniences of today.


Pen-y-bryn (Welsh for “Top of the Hill”) is a unique historic building and reputedly the largest single-level timber dwelling in Australasia. A private home until 1995, today the lodge provides international guests with the ultimate relaxing retreat in New Zealand’s best-preserved and most charming historic town.
Map co-ordinates: -45.106000, 170.955165


With only five elegantly appointed en-suite guestrooms, offering all modern conveniences, Pen-y-bryn accommodates just ten guests at a time. Victorian-style rooms are individually decorated with oak furnishings, and en suite bathrooms feature heated tile floors and sunken tubs or walk-in showers. Some rooms have French doors leading into a courtyard. 

Guests are invited to make full use of the lodge’s facilities, whether to simply relax, enjoy a game of snooker on the magnificent billiard room’s historic slate table, curl up with a good book in the library or enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities. 


  • Oamaru is famed as the home of New Zealand’s largest colony of Blue Penguins, arriving en masse every evening from a day out at sea.
  • The Vanished World Heritage Trail is a self-guided trail that allows visitors to see numerous fossils and geological formations that give you a feeling of “deep time”.
  • Pen-y-bryn Lodge is a perfect destination to come and indulge, relax and unwind.
  • Dining at Pen-y-bryn is a particular delight, with gourmet ‘table d’hôte’ cuisine prepared by your hosts.

At A Glimpse

Whether you’re interested in wildlife, heritage, gourmetfoods or simply take a relaxing break from your normal day to day life Oamaruhas it all, and much more! 

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