Wains Hotel Dunedin
Wains Hotel Dunedin

10 Best Family Accommodation in Dunedin

© Wains Hotel Dunedin

Kid-friendly Accommodation in Dunedin

Taking the kids to Dunedin? With the Taieri Railway, amazing wildlife experiences on the Otago Peninsula, and a wealth of fascinating museums, you and your loved ones are going to have a blast. But what family-friendly accommodation is available in the city? We go through some of our top picks in this list of family accommodation in Dunedin.

While you’re here, you might also like 10 Dunedin Must-Dos and The Guide to Dunedin for Families.

1. The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

Located moments away from Dunedin’s major city attractions, staying at The Victoria Hotel makes a family getaway in Dunedin all too easy! There is a range of rooms to suit families at different budgets, with a double queen with or without one single step-up across the Standard Rooms and Deluxe Rooms. If you want something a bit more special, then opt for more space and class in the Deluxe King Studio or enjoy separate bedrooms in the Deluxe Two-Bedroom Unit, Apartment or Suite. Breakfast and dinner are served in the on-site restaurant, the Well Manor Restaurant, where room service is also available. Extra facilities include a gym, free Wifi, car parking at a cost and Tesla chargers.

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The Victoria Hotel Dunedin© The Victoria Hotel Dunedin

2. ASURE 755 Regal Court Motel

The conveniences of home can be helpful on a family holiday, so with that in mind, you might want to consider a motel in Dunedin such as Asure 755 Regal Court Motel. Even their smallest units have kitchen facilities, as well as modern amenities like free WiFi and Netflix. The Two-Bedroom Family Unit is the best option for families, which sleeps up to five people across a king bed and three single beds. What’s more, it’s extremely affordable and a short walk from the Otago Museum.

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Asure 755 Regal Court Motel Dunedin© Asure 755 Regal Court Motel Dunedin

3. Beach Lodge Motels

For an alternative location in Dunedin, yet still a short drive from the city centre, choose Beach Lodge Motels by St Kilda Beach. The motel complex features 18 units with something to suit most family sizes. Each unit has the convenience of a full kitchen, ensuite bathroom, as well as free WiFi. Kids will love the basketball hoop and spring-free trampoline, as well as proximity to the natural playground that is St Kilda Beach.

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Beach Lodge Motels© Beach Lodge Motels

4. Wains Hotel Dunedin

The Superior Twin Room is your best choice at the Wains Hotel Dunedin. The city centre hotel boasts character in the grand Victorian-style building, yet offers contemporary furnishings and enough space for a family of four. Entertain the kids with satellite TV and free WiFi and enjoy family meals at the on-site restaurant, Relish Bar & Restaurant, with 24/h room service available. Car parking is also available at a cost.

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Wains Hotel Dunedin© Wains Hotel Dunedin

5. Dunedin Holiday Park

Budget-friendly, child-friendly and adjacent to the beach, the Dunedin Holiday Park transitions families into holiday mode. Whether you’re travelling in an RV or looking for a self-contained cabin, you’ll find something to suit at the Dunedin Holiday Park. The two and three-bedroom units are your most premium option, sleeping up to six people, while the TV Cabins provide ultra-cheap family accommodation but you’ll need to have your own bedding/sleeping bag. There is a shared facilities block, as well as a children’s playground that the kids are bound to enjoy.

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Dunedin Holiday Park© Dunedin Holiday Park

6. Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

Dunedin’s largest hotel offers multiple rooms for families across their three different grades of room. Families share a twin queen set-up in the Standard Rooms and Superior Rooms, while you’ll get to enjoy the added lounge space that the Suites provide. All rooms have everything you would expect in a hotel, including free WiFi and Sky TV, while general hotel facilities include parking at a cost, Tesla charging stations, a fitness centre, a bar, a cafe, a restaurant and a casino. Each room has been stylishly refurbished in a charming building built in 1883. The hotel is classed as four stars and is located moments away from The Octagon. See more accommodation like this in our 10 Best Accommodation in Dunedin for Foodies.

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Scenic Hotel Southern Cross© Scenic Hotel Southern Cross

7. Best Western Dunedin

Stay in a quieter suburb of Dunedin between the city centre and the Otago Peninsula at the Best Western Dunedin. The hotel offers modern well-appointed one-bedroom apartments sleeping up to four people, which include in-room movies, an iPod docking station, free WiFi, basic kitchen facilities, free on-site parking and disability access rooms. Best Western is a great option if you have your own transport.

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Best Western Dunedin© Best Western Dunedin

8. 97 Motel Moray

The 97 Motel Moray might be a little old-school but you can hardly beat the super central location and price. Located on the edge of The Octagon, 97 Moray Motel features One-Bedroom Units sleeping either four or five people. Enjoy the convenience of your own kitchenette, a TV, free WiFi and free on-site parking. There’s even a small garden for the little ones to run around. See more accommodation like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Dunedin.

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97 Motel Moray© 97 Motel Moray

9. Chapel Apartments

One of Dunedin’s more unique accommodation offerings, Chapel Apartments is set in Dunedin’s oldest church (1863) overlooking The Octagon. The church houses seven apartments with luxury furnishings and separate rooms so family members can enjoy their own space. Needless to say, the apartments ooze in historical charm yet boast modern comforts like a contemporary kitchen with a dishwasher, bathrooms with underfloor heating and spacious lounges with a 50″ flat-screen TV. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Dunedin.

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Chapel Apartments© Chapel Apartments

10. Dunedin Motel and Villas

Last, but certainly not least, Dunedin Motel and Villas offer affordable accommodation without sacrificing style. Relax with plenty of space in the Two-Bedroom Unit sleeping up to four or one of the Villas with options to suit up to seven guests. Services at the motel include Smart TVs with Sky Sports, free WiFi, newspaper delivery, kitchen facilities, free car parking, double-glazed windows (a rare find in New Zealand) and optional continental breakfast. The motel is located in the North Dunedin Heritage Precinct near the Otago University.

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Dunedin Motel and Villas© Dunedin Motel and Villas


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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