Travelling up from the Catlins I found Teschmakers Resort online and it was about the right distance for our drive north. Arriving after dark it was a little from the main highway but what a pleasant surprise when we pulled up. The hotel was an old boarding school and has been converted to a high standard. It stands in a park like setting with a sweeping drive. The staff was very helpful and attentive on arrival and showed us to our room which was large with a kitchen, Although there is no catering on site currently a breakfast box can be provided and they do offer some frozen meals for late arrivals. Overall I had a very good stay and loved the sense of history and would recommend it highly.
It is Top 1 in our South Island by my kids. The resort is in countryside and we feel in life style accommodation and with modern facilities. The room is big and very clean. The adjacent chapel is very beautiful and a bonus. The ground are big with old trees and further with fruit trees. The staff Joe and Jill (Gill) are very friendly. We arrived at late afternoon and then head to Blue Penguin Colony which is 12-15 min driving (13km away) . We will definitely recommend to our friends if they plan to stay somewhere around Oamaru.
Absolutely stunning in every way. Set in the countryside rather than the town it was a beautiful example of the local architecture and a stunning example of the wealth of Catholic community nearly 100 years ago. The room was huge, with spacious bathroom and kitchenette with fridge, kettle, toaster etc. So spotlessly clean I felt like I was the first person to ever stay there. The lovely lady on the check in gave us a short talk on the history of Teschemakers and the future plans of the resort, then encouraged us to make ourselves at home and explore the chapel and the grounds. We loved it. The restaurant was currently closed, but we had a huge lunch so just took the makings for a cheese platter to enjoy with a glass or two of wine for dinner. Sheer Bliss!
Teschemakers Resort is an old convent school with attached chapel. It's been totally refurbished to provide accommodation, and the managers are looking at ways to improve the experience. I travelled with my parents and we were given a choice of rooms. We chose one that had a large king bedroom with three single beds down the other end of the suite in a 'lounge' room. We had a small galley kitchen and a spacious light bathroom (with a bath!). Being only a couple of years old, everything was very new and tidy. The chapel is open all the time and you can visit there (it's stunning even if you're not religious) and the grounds are spacious - a mix of very old trees (with a grotto), fruit trees and grassed areas. All of the convent's buildings exist and you can walk around them (but those not done up are not accessible internally). There is a small 'museum' of the convent's history in the main entrance way. If you want a quiet night's sleep in a beautiful setting, then this is the place. The restaurant was closed but I think that's only because there were only two parties staying that night and COVID is still making an impact. It didn't matter as we had the faciities we needed to get ourselves dinner and breakfast. It's about 20 mins or so drive out of Oamaru to the south and 'off the beaten track' so you get to see some of the beautiful countryside at the same time.…
Really friendly professional host. Warm, spacious clean rooms with nice hot water pressure. Beautiful grounds with a lot of potential; great restoration of main building in a lovely rural setting, away from the hustle & bustle :)