Owens Motel
Owens Motel

10 Best Motels in Dunedin

© Owens Motel

Motel Accommodation in Dunedin

Motels are not what they used to be. Swap images of drab and dusty rooms for stylish and contemporary rooms that could rival a four-star hotel. Except, motels have all the fixings to provide a home-away-from-home experience and plenty of space to lounge and enjoy. In Dunedin, motels come in the form of affordable city centre units to idyllic holiday escapes along the beach. Whether you’re a couple looking for a quiet place to stay, a family looking for ample space for everyone, or a solo traveller seeking something affordable, we’ve got at least one motel to suit on this list of the best motels in Dunedin!

For alternative accommodation, take a look at 10 Best Hotels in Dunedin or The Complete Guide to Dunedin.

1. Aurora on George

Urban meets garden at this attractive motel on George Street. Aurora on George is a four-star motel with modern studios and suites with comfortable king beds, robes, slippers, Sky TV, free WiFi, ensuite, fully-equipped kitchen and even an umbrella for the Dunedin weather. Each room is extremely well-appointed with modern furniture, while the gem of this property is the beautiful inner-city flower garden. Other facilities include a fitness centre, as well as a cafe and restaurant on site. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Dunedin.

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Aurora on George© Aurora on George

2. 97 Motel Moray

It doesn’t get more central than 97 Motel Moray, Dunedin’s closest motel to The Octagon. The motel features 40 units, which might not have the most stylish 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 kitchenette facilities for you to save money on food. You can also enjoy other conveniences, such as free on-site parking, free WiFi, ensuite bathrooms and a garden.

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97 Motel Moray© 97 Motel Moray

3. Motel on Carroll

A central location, characterful decor and a great price: there isn’t much of a reason not to choose the Motel on Carrol! The motel rooms are well-appointed across the Compact Studio for one guest, Three Person Studio and a Queen Unit. Each of these units have very basic kitchenette facilities, good for preparing simple meals and breakfast. There are also larger apartments and units available with full kitchens and enough room for families and groups. Free WiFi, free laundry and undercover parking are also available at the Motel on Carroll.

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Motel on Carroll© Motel on Carroll

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. For those seeking motels in Dunedin, your best accommodation at Sahara includes the motel units with a separate bedroom and open-plan living area. Each unit also has a kitchen. There are also the deluxe studio units, which are the modern additions to an otherwise historic guesthouse. These units are more suited to business travellers, solo travellers and couples and include all of the motel fixings with the addition of air-conditioning and double-glazing. For more recommendations like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Dunedin.

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Sahara Guesthouse & Motel© Sahara Guesthouse & Motel

5. Beach Lodge Motel

For an alternative location in Dunedin, why not choose Beach Lodge Motels by St Kilda Beach? The motel accommodation offers 18 large one, two and three-bedroom studio apartments with full kitchens. The motel has delightful touches like access to a complimentary vegetable garden, and things to keep the little ones entertained such as basketball hoop and a spring-free trampoline. See more motels like this in 10 Best Family Accommodation in Dunedin.

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Beach Lodge Motels© Beach Lodge Motels

6. George Street Motel Apartments

Enjoy privacy and convenience at an affordable price when you stay at the George Street Motel Apartments. The motel has well-appointed suites situated near the Otago Museum and a short walk from The Octagon. The Superior Suite comes in a queen or twin set-up, while families have the option of the One-Bedroom Superior Suite sleeping up to four guests. A mini continental breakfast is included with each stay, as well as access to Sky TV, free WiFi and free on-site parking. 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

7. Owens Motel

Find excellent value self-catering accommodation in Dunedin at Owens Motel. The motel on George Street, which is a short walk from the city centre, offers studio rooms for couples to large three-bedroom units for families, each with full kitchen facilities. Each studio and unit also has an ensuite, free WiFi and free on-site parking. There’s not much else to say about Owens Motel other than its affordable, well-appointed with modern furniture and amenities, and it just does the job well!

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Owens Motel© Owens Motel

8. Asure 755 Regal Court Motel

Another fantastic Dunedin motel providing the conveniences of home can be found at Asure 755 Regal Court Motel. Even their smallest units have kitchen facilities, as well as modern amenities like free WiFi and Netflix. There’s room for the whole family in the Two-Bedroom Family Unit, which sleeps up to five people, while the One Bedroom Double Spa Room provides a romantic retreat for couples. All in all, Asure has something for everyone.

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

9. Dunedin Motels and Villas

Dunedin Motel and Villas offers affordable accommodation without sacrificing style. The motel provides a Studio for two, as well as more spacious One and 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 and Netflix, free WiFi, newspaper delivery, kitchen facilities, free car parking, double-glazed windows and optional continental breakfast. The motel is located in the North Dunedin Heritage Precinct near the Otago University and a short walk from town.

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Dunedin Motel and Villas© Dunedin Motel and Villas

10. 315 Euro Motel and Serviced Apartments

There’s no such thing as an uncomfortable stay at 315 Euro Motel with its spacious units and apartments complete with high-quality modern furnishings from the kitchens to your ensuite bathrooms. The motel has a wide range of rooms available, all of which are self-contained, from twin rooms to deluxe one-bedroom suites. The motel is ideal for all traveller types and has a convenient location, three minutes from the hospital, five minutes from The Octagon and 10 minutes from the university. What’s more, there’s plenty of free on-site parking, all windows are double-glazed and there’s free WiFi available.

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315 Euro Motel and Serviced Apartments© 315 Euro Motel and Serviced Apartments


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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