10 Best Motels in Oamaru© Highfield Mews Motel
10 Best Motels in Oamaru

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Where to Find the Best Motels in Oamaru

Like most towns in New Zealand, Oamaru has a dizzying array of motels. You’ll find budget motels with self-catering facilities to more lavish options with their own bar and restaurant. Whether you’re a couple, family or travelling on business, you’ll find a motel in Oamaru to suit. Use this comparison of the best motels in Oamaru to take your pick!

For more advice on planning a trip to Oamaru, check out The Complete Guide to Oamaru and the 10 Best Things to Do in Oamaru.

1. Oamaru Motor Lodge – The Best Motel in Oamaru

A modern motel on the main road, just a short walk from the town centre, Oamaru Motor Lodge provides a convenient location for your stay in Oamaru. You’ll find upmarket king studios, some with a spa bath, as well as one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. Keep cosy and enjoy the peace with double-glazing (yes, a rarity in New Zealand) and a heat pump installed. There are options to stay on the ground or top floor.

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2. Highfield Mews Motel – Upscale Oamaru Motel with Spa Baths

It’s the little things that matter; at least that’s the case with Highfield Mews Motel, which among all the usual facilities also includes free bike hire, a Tesla charging station, TVs with streaming services, options for a spa bath, late checkout and more. The village-like motel complex offers a range of studios and one-bedroom units which are well-appointed with homely decor. There are interconnecting units available for families. For more of our highest-rated accommodations, also check out the 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Oamaru.

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3. Heritage Court Motor Lodge Oamaru – Oamaru Motel with a Restaurant

Prepare your own meals or rock up to the on-site restaurant for dinner; the choice is yours at the Heritage Court Motor Lodge Oamaru. One of the largest accommodation providers in Oamaru has several grades of studios and two-bedroom units, with budget options to luxury rooms. The luxury options provide more modern decor and fixings with a spa bath, but only the two-bedroom units have fully-equipped kitchens. Most studios have kitchenettes with a microwave and breakfast-making facilities.

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10 Best Motels in Oamaru© Heritage Court Motor Lodge Oamaru

4. AAA Thames Court Motel – Family-Friendly Motel in Oamaru

A good one for families, the AAA Thames Court Motel offers studios and one-bedroom budget apartments are ideal, while the more attractive ā€œFamily Apartmentsā€ offer a real home-away-from-home experience. All units have full kitchen facilities for easy self-catering. Keep entertained with the free unlimited WiFi, Sky TV and DVD players with a free DVD library. Thereā€™s a childrenā€™s play area on the grounds too. See more like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Oamaru.

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5. Northstar Motel – Modern Motel with Self-Catering Facilities

One of the most stylish and contemporary motels in Oamaru, Northstar Motel is a good choice for the discerning traveller. Every one of the standard, family and accessible units has a modern kitchen with an oven, a large bathroom, Sky TV and more. The extra facilities, however, are where Northstar Motel shines the most, boasting a bar and restaurant, games rooms with a pool table, and a children’s room with toys and TV. See more accommodations with kitchen facilities in the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Oamaru.

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6. 289 Midway Motel – Cheap Motel in Oamaru

One of the cheapest motel options in Oamaru, 289 Midway Motel sits within 10 minutes’ walk from the town centre. Enjoy private kitchen (in most rooms), bathroom and bedroom facilities for a reasonable price in their studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Rooms lead onto a patio or balcony that soaks up the sun – a great place to end the day with a glass in hand! See more like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Oamaru.

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7. ASURE Ambassador Motor Lodge – Popular Motel in Oamaru

Homebaked muffins on arrival? Yes, please! The care provided by ASURE Ambassador Motor Lodge can also be seen throughout its simple yet well-kept motel rooms. The motel has something for everybody, from budget studios to spa bath units to two-bedroom family units. All have kitchenettes, some are basic with a microwave, while others have a stovetop, so be sure to check if your desired room has the facilities you need. All of the units are on the ground floor and have complimentary tea and coffee, free WiFi and more.

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8. Alma Motel – Cheap Motel on the Outskirts of Oamaru (Deborah)

Providing the most affordable motel units in Oamaru, Alma Motel is definitely worth considering. Sure, the furniture is a little old-school, but that’s expected with the rates. Regardless, each unit has all the essentials at your fingertips, such as a private kitchenette with all you need to make breakfast and stovetop meals, as well as an ensuite bathroom. From small studios to family apartments and cottages, Alma Motel offers something for everyone.

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9. Colonial Lodge Motel – Pet-Friendly Motel in Oamaru

Another popular option with families, Colonial Lodge Motel boasts family-orientated facilities across its generous grounds, with a playground, trampoline and comfortable rooms. You have several choices for accommodation here between the studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, each modernly refurbished. All rooms feature a full kitchen, TV, WiFi, bathroom and tea/coffee-making facilities. What’s more, this motel is pet-friendly too!

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10. Bella Vista Motel Oamaru – Motel in Oamaru Town Centre

Bella Vista Motel Oamaru features the usual modern and four-star quality of this large New Zealand motel chain. Enjoy convenient parking right outside your fresh, modern and compact accommodation unit. The queen studio is best for those on a budget, while the king/twin and triple studios offer a little more flexibility in the room set-up. The one-bedroom unit is the best option for families and self-caterers, featuring a queen or king-sized bed in the living room and two single beds in a separate bedroom, a spa bath, kitchenette and USB wall-sockets.

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11. 469 on Thames Motel – Low Key Motel in Oamaru North

Offering an authentic Kiwi motel experience, 469 on Thames Motel allows visitors to experience Oamaru on a budget. Stay in affordable studio rooms, where the furniture might be a little old-school but it has all the essential facilities, including a well-equipped kitchenette, bathroom and free WiFi. You also may also enjoy exploring the beautiful flower garden.

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12. Alpine Motel – Cheap Motel Near Oamaru Train Station

An older motel in Oamaru, the Alpine Motel might not be the flashiest but it’s still perfectly functional should you be looking for an affordable place to stay. Within walking distance of the town centre and the train station, this motel is certainly well placed for a convenient stay. There’s a variety of room options available, with the cheapest having very few facilities, while “Superior Studios”, suites and apartments all have a private kitchen.

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More About Motels in Oamaru

That’s it for our list of the best motels in Oamaru, but it’s by no means the end of our expert travel advice! Check out these articles for more inspiration for your trip:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Guide to Oamaru.

Author

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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