The Wansbeck
True coastal romance.

This historic home is over 100 years and only walking distance from the sea, Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct and the cafes and restaurants of Oamaru. Soak up the atmosphere, amazing food and fine wines and creative Steampunk art forms which Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct has to offer from your home base at The Wansbeck.

From the balcony in the Monterey Room and reminiscent of the vision of Monterey Bay and the romantic Spindrift Inn in California you can experience the majestic view over the town; the vast sweep of the coast rimmed in white surf from Cape Wanbrow sheltering Friendly Bay at the foot of Wansbeck Street and heading North as far as the eye can see.

Come and join us for a stay at The Wansbeck

Our Rooms

The Wansbeck has three rooms available for B&B guests.

The Monterey room, The Steinbeck room in honour of the famous author and the Garden Room for a maximum of five people.

True coastal romance inspires your stay at The Wansbeck. Wake up refreshed to a complimentary breakfast cooked or continental in the hospitality of our breakfast dining room. Breakfast options are requested by 8.00pm the previous evening. We cater for a maximum of five people in our three upstairs rooms. Children are welcome. We do not accommodate pets.

The House

The Wansbeck which has all the stunning architecture of a historic home is warm and comfortable and suitable for 21st century living.

The house is set high on Wansbeck Street on a large section with panoramic views over Oamaru and out to sea. The house gives a very welcoming impression as you walk up the path. The Wansbeck as a majestic villa has weathered the decades extraordinary well. Nevertheless, there is always something in the beautiful old wooden home that requires attention and we are making repairs where a board or two are showing wear and tear. The bathrooms which were in sore need of renovation now provide for our guests a very comfortable service.

All guest rooms have Queen beds with plush bedding, hardwood floors and lush rugs and amazing views over Oamaru and the Pacific Ocean. The Monterey Room, our premier guest room provides your own fridge stocked with local delights, your own TV and coffee maker. The modern bathroom provides a shower with plenty of hot water for tired travellers to enjoy luxury living in a historic setting.

Explore Waitaki

From your accommodation in The Wansbeck explore Oamaru’s Victorian Heritage Precinct considered today to be New Zealand’s most complete streetscape of Victorian commercial buildings and matching anything in the Southern hemisphere.

A town of contrasts, the styles and architecture of the Victorian era in Oamaru coalesce with the modern through the art images of steam punk. Facades of buildings in Thames Street reminisce Roman temples and cafes in contemporary architecture offer delicious foods and fine wines. This is a town you should not pass by. The sunsets and sunrises looking out from your accommodation at The Wansbeck over the town and Oamaru Harbour can be breath-taking.

Celebrate your time in Oamaru with a multitute of things to do, architecture to see, a wide range of award winning restaurants and breweries to visit. Visiting Oamaru is a must see if you are travelling in the South Island of New Zealand.

Here from our guests:

Your hosts

Your hosts John and Carol Robertson have relocated from Waiheke Island having sold their law firm from which John has retired after 22 years in law and now setting up a B&B at 24 Wansbeck Street Oamaru. Prior to practising law, John was a research scientist in what was then the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research.

Carol has taken a position in an Oamaru law firm and is excited about making a contribution to life in Otago. Carol was born and bred in Otago having attended East Otago High School before moving to Auckland.

Carol and John are looking forward to hosting guests at The Wansbeck and establishing their new life in North Otago.