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Blue Dolphin Motel

40 Evans Street, Timaru 7910 New Zealand
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#12 of 19 hotels in Timaru

Blue Dolphin Motel is an excellent choice for travellers visiting Timaru, offering a budget friendly environment alongside many helpful amenities designed to enhance your stay.

Blue Dolphin Motel offers guests an array of room amenities including a kitchenette and a refrigerator, and getting online is possible, as wifi is available.

The motel offers room service, a sun terrace, and baggage storage, to make your visit even more pleasant. Guests arriving by vehicle have access to free parking.

If you like sushi restaurants, Blue Dolphin Motel is conveniently located near Koji Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar and Koji Teppanyaki & Grill.

If you’re looking for things to do, you can check out Te Ana Maori Rock Art (1.0 mi), Aigantighe Art Gallery (0.2 mi), or York Street Gallery of Fine Art (0.6 mi), which are popular attractions amongst tourists, and they are all within walking distance.

Enjoy your stay in Timaru!

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Property amenities
Free parking
Pool / beach towels
Breakfast in the room
Golf course
Mini golf
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Secured parking
Paid wifi
Canoeing offsite
Tennis court offsite
Airport transportation
Shuttle bus service
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Soundproof rooms
Room service
Bottled water
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Tina T wrote a review Dec 2020
Maramarua, New Zealand247 contributions31 helpful votes
The motel units are very clean. Bed was a bit soft for me and shower pressure quite low but it is a very reasonable price for 4 ppl. Very honest motel owners too who run me straight away when I left my kindle behind so we could come straight back and get it.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Steph R wrote a review Dec 2020
Lower Hutt, New Zealand4 contributions
WE were booked for one night here, at Blue Dolphin Motel, but never stayed ....... my two main complaints were the internet was not accessible at all & kitchen carpet was anything but clean & also a mark on the bedroom carpet. Geoff response by Email "The mark on the carpet in the bedroom was there when we arrived in these motels eight years ago, and even though we got a professional cleaner in to try and remove it when we first saw it, he failed to do so, explaining that it was like a plastic substance that had embedded itself into the carpet and won’t be removed, ever! As it is only about the size of two 50 cent pieces, and not in any guests way what so ever, I can categorically say that, like most Moteliers, we are not in the habit of ripping up a whole bedroom worth of carpet just to get rid of the likes of that mark! The same goes for the general condition of the carpet in the kitchen. Spot cleaning is carried out every time a large sports group visits us like on the week end just gone, and the shampooing and drying of carpet can not be completed in just a day or two!.............DIRTY CARPET IS UNACCEPTABLE TO ME. THE STATEMENT BELOW IS A JOKE !!!! MADE BY GEOFF IN HIS EMAIL TO ME !!! That unit has been used by ‘hundreds of guests in the time we have been here, and you are the first to make a complaint. However, we do have people from time to time that we just can’t please. Sorry you are one of them. It might be a good idea that he checks ALL of his reviews, some glowing but definitely there are  a number of negative reviews. We spent 3 weeks in the South Island, Blue Dolphin Motel was the ONLY disappointment we had with our accommodation. The  7 other motels we stayed at over those 3 weeks were superb in every way, CLEAN & INTERNET, no problems at all. Even though we were at the unit a short time Geoff insists on NO REFUND !!!!" His reasons " "As you have used the unit,(We used 2 sachets of sugar and 1 of coffee and a bit of milk) we are not able to have guests in that room till we clean it tomorrow and so for the reasons explained about,( I don't recall any explanation) we feel that, and after discussing this situation with another motel owner, the refunding, any money to you is not warranted" Pretty pathetic reply & reason really, I'm seeking advice in regards to this matter !! Bad news travels fast !!!!!!!!!
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Date of stay: October 2020
Penny H wrote a review Oct 2020
53 contributions8 helpful votes
A motel that has seen better days and seriously needs updating. The bed was lump and saggy and had a serious lean to one side so that you almost fell out of the bed. Rest of the decor etc wasn't that much better. It was like someone had brought everything at a cheap garage sale. Only thing that was good as that it was close to supermarket and take out places. But other than than it's a big pass from us. Definitely wouldn't recommend
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Date of stay: October 2020
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395kelliw wrote a review Jul 2020
Venice, Italy7 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed at the Blue Dolphin Motel for a night to get out of our camper van. The 2 bedroom apartment was super clean and inviting. The hosts Dianne and Geoff were fabulous hosts and were very accomodating and friendly! Would most definitely stay again! 10/10 very reasonable price too!
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
David1952_12 wrote a review May 2020
Ashburton, New Zealand147 contributions34 helpful votes
A blast from the past a motel with a rustic 60s look and feel. Not even the glasses matched. A fan heater on wall in living room. The good point was how close it is to the centre of town. Also close to restaurants.
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Date of stay: May 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$72 - US$86 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionTimaru
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blue Dolphin Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Blue Dolphin Motel?
Nearby attractions include Aigantighe Art Gallery (0.3 km), York Street Gallery of Fine Art (1.0 km), and Movie Max Digital Cinemas (1.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Blue Dolphin Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, airport transportation, and room service.
Is parking available at Blue Dolphin Motel?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Blue Dolphin Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Zest, Bullock Restaurant and Bar, and Little India.
Does Blue Dolphin Motel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Blue Dolphin Motel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Blue Dolphin Motel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Is Blue Dolphin Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.