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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Dunedin

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Stay in Dunedin on a Budget

If you care about saving your money for awesome experiences, rather than worrying about where you rest your head for the night, then this list of budget accommodation in Dunedin is for you. From backpacker hostels to guesthouses to budget hotels, Dunedin presents a range of budget accommodation options to suit a range of traveller types. So whether you’re a backpacker, business traveller, couple or family, you’ll find a budget room just for you on this list of budget hotels in Dunedin!

While you’re here, don’t miss 18 Free & Cheap Things to Do in Dunedin and The Guide to Dunedin on a Budget.

1. Wains Hotel Dunedin

Get a taste of the Victorian elegance that Dunedin is famous for, all while sticking to your budget, when you stay at Wains Hotel Dunedin. The 3.5-star hotel, located in Dunedin city centre, is situated in a grand Victorian-era building. It features 48 guest rooms, which include all the hotel basics, as well as free WiFi, Sky TV and secure parking for a fee. The double rooms are your most affordable option, while the hotel also offers upgrades to king rooms, superior twin rooms and suites. The hotel also features an on-site restaurant with room service available. A buffet breakfast is available at cost.

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Wains Hotel Dunedin© Wains Hotel Dunedin

2. Kiwis Nest Backpackers and Budget Accommodation

Not only does the Kiwis Nest provide backpacker accommodation with private rooms, dorms and communal facilities (see 6 Best Backpacker Hostels in Dunedin), but the hostel also offers budget self-contained units. Enjoy your own space with a TV, kitchenette and ensuite bathroom – ideal for couples with only queen beds available. What’s more, the Kiwis Nest is just a short walk away from the city centre and The Octagon.

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Kiwi Nest Backpackers© Kiwi Nest Backpackers

3. 97 Motel Moray

You can hardly do more central than 97 Motel Moray, Dunedin’s closest motel to The Octagon. The motel features 40 motel units, which might not have the most contemporary furnishings, but certainly does the job for a central stay on a budget. Choose between standard and executive studios or one to two-bedroom units, each with a kitchenette for you to save money on food. You can also enjoy conveniences, such and free on-site parking, free WiFi, ensuite bathrooms and a garden to relax in.

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97 Motel Moray© 97 Motel Moray

4. Sahara Guesthouse & Motel

Providing a guesthouse, motel units and deluxe studio units, there’s something for every type of budget traveller at the Sahara Guesthouse & Motel. The guesthouse is your cheapest option, offering a range of rooms scattered across a heritage villa with the option of ensuite or shared bathrooms. Your room also has a microwave, toaster and tea/coffee making facilities, while a buffet breakfast is served in the communal lounge each day at cost. Alternatively, you are only a short walk away from the city centre eateries.

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Sahara Guesthouse & Motel© Sahara Guesthouse & Motel

5. Law Courts Hotel

And for the closest (and cheapest) hotel near The Octagon, take a look at Law Courts Hotel. The budget hotel is extremely well-appointed with modern furnishings. The boutique hotel is made up of four single rooms, six twins and 14 doubles, each including an ensuite, TV and other expected hotel amenities. The hotel sits just above with Jury Room Bar, offering a classic pub-style watering hole, as well as the Wig n’ Pen Restaurant where you’ll be able to pick up an affordable breakfast.

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Law Courts Hotel© Law Courts Hotel

6. Motel on Carroll

A central location, characterful decor and a great price: there’s isn’t a reason not to choose the Motel on Carrol as your budget accommodation in Dunedin. The motel rooms are well-appointed with more thought put into the decor than your usual drab motel – a good reflection that the friendly owners do, in fact, care! Room types include a Compact Studio for one guest, Three Person Studio and a Queen Unit, each including very basic kitchenette facilities. There are also larger apartments and units available with full kitchens and enough room for groups and families. Free WiFi, free laundry and undercover parking are also available.

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Motel on Carroll© Motel on Carroll

7. Beach Lodge Motels

For an alternative location in Dunedin, why not choose Beach Lodge Motels near St Kilda Beach. The motel accommodation offers 18 large one, two and three-bedroom studio apartments with a full kitchen and access to a complimentary vegetable garden. The spacious apartments, on-site parking, basketball hoop and WiFi make Beach Lodge Motels an extremely popular option for families. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Dunedin.

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Beach Lodge Motels© Beach Lodge Motels

8. Leviathan Hotel

Step back in time at the Leviathan Hotel, set in a heritage building beside Queens Garden and mere steps away from The Octagon. Not only does the budget hotel in Dunedin offer private single, double, twin and triple rooms for an outrageously affordable price, but there are backpacker dorms available too. Should you want to upgrade, choose larger hotel rooms called the “Standard Rooms” or one of the Suites with a spa bath. All rooms at the hotel have an ensuite and free WiFi. The quietest rooms are around the courtyard area.

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Leviathan Hotel© Leviathan Hotel

9. George Street Motel Apartments

Enjoy the privacy and convenience of your own suite with kitchenette facilities and ensuite (at an affordable price, of course) when you stay at the George Stree Motel Apartments. The motel have well-appointed suites near the Otago Museum and are a short walk from The Octagon. The Superior Suite comes in either a queen or twin set-up, while families have the option of the One-Bedroom Superior Suite sleeping up to four. A mini continental breakfast is included with each stay, as well as access to Sky TV, free WiFi, on-site parking and cots/high chairs. What’s more, it’s about the only accommodation in New Zealand with central heating and double-glazed windows.

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George Street Motel Apartments© George Street Motel Apartments

10. Dunedin Holiday Park

Last, but certainly not least, get into holiday mode by staying at the Dunedin Holiday Park adjacent to St Kilda Beach. Not only does the holiday park have camping facilities for campervans and tents, but there’s a wealth of budget cabins, lodge rooms, ensuite units, self-contained units and two/three-bedroom motel studios to choose from! Each unit has a tongue-in-cheek colonial-style theme, while cartoon characters grace the exterior of the cabin accommodation. You may need to bring your own sleeping bag for some of the cheapest cabins and lodge rooms. There is a shared amenities block with all the essentials, such as a kitchen, laundry, etc. Learn more about holiday parks in Accommodation Guide to Holiday Parks in New Zealand.

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Dunedin Holiday Park© Dunedin Holiday Park


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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