Welcome to the Criterion Hotel – Celebrating Victorian Oamaru since 1877
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.

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.

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!

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!