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Welcome to the Criterion Hotel – Celebrating Victorian Oamaru since 1877
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Built in 1877

Designed by famous Oamaru architects Forrester & Lemon the hotel is the gateway for visitors and locals to Oamaru’s famous Historic Precinct.

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Spend a Night

Stay in the only rooms located in the heart of the historical precinct, the perfect place for tourists to stay in order to visit more of Oamaru’s attractions.

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Enjoy a Meal

We have an all-day menu available so there is a bit of something for everyone. We are great supporters of Waitaki produce so come in and enjoy what the region has to offer!

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Make an Event

Enjoy your next function with a bit of Victorian style. With several room and menu options available the Criterion Hotel can cater to gatherings large and small.

The Criterion Hotel has a lot to offer, get in touch today!

Whether it be soaking up the atmosphere in the bar, enjoying the company of others in one of our function rooms, or staying a night in the restored hotel accommodation – the Criterion can cater to everyone!