The Old Confectionery

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26 Tees Street, South Hill, Oamaru

0210 221 0093

In recent years, the town of Ōamaru has seen many historic buildings giving new life thanks to restorations to preserve the unique architecture that contributes so much charm to the Waitaki district. The Old Confectionery is one such example, now offering luxury accommodation. It was built in 1879 and, over the years, has seen many transformations.

As owners Katrina and David see things, The Old Confectionery building survived just long enough to be saved. In its heyday, it was the headquarters of Rice’s Confectionery, but in 2016, it was a derelict shell of its former self. However, Katrina and David saw its potential, situated right in the beating heart of Ōamaru. They undertook a painstaking renovation, leaving no stone unturned and restoring it to its original grandeur. The Old Confectionery luxury apartments opened to guests in 2020, thanks to the hard work of many local tradespeople, many of who became good friends along the way.

Staying here is a genuine treat, and travellers staying here are delighted by the quirky details throughout the apartments and the original features that could be restored. Think beautiful sash windows, carved parapets and stone columns juxtaposed with bright and bold wallpaper, pops of colour and all the home comforts you want when travelling.

Ōamaru is a perfect blend of historic architecture that meets new ideas and modern concepts. The Old Confectionery represents this to a tee and is a brilliant option for accommodation while you are in town. And a top tip, if you book directly through them, Katrina and David offer complimentary local Whitestone cheese and New Zealand crackers. How good!

Words by Julia Rutherford & Photography by Nancy Zhou

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Location

26 Tees Street, South Hill, Oamaru

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