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Blue Dolphin Motel

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#8 of 13 motels in Timaru
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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
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Breakfast in the room
Golf course
Mini golf
Babysitting
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Paid wifi
Canoeing offsite
Tennis court offsite
Shuttle bus service
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Shops
Sun terrace
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Soundproof rooms
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Bottled water
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Refrigerator
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Centrally Located
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Helen C wrote a review Jan 2024
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Room was very comfortable and very clean! Noise from main road did not affect us at night as the room has double glazed windows. Owners went out of their way to accommodate us for 7 nights as this was a short notice booking. Very pleased with accommodation overall.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Stewart B wrote a review Dec 2023
Dubai, United Arab Emirates26 contributions24 helpful votes
Spacious, comfortable and very clean living/kitchen area and bedroom with I suite. Good location within 15 minutes walking to Caroline Bay. We enjoyed our short stay to see the famous Timaru fireworks.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Harry_Auckland wrote a review Nov 2023
Auckland, New Zealand7 contributions7 helpful votes
Worst motel and very rude owner, won't bother to listen what you want and need only worried about the checkout time, asking for extra money upon leaving the hotel ***** truely running a scamm and asking for alot extra charges, i am afraid that they will charge my Credit card later on !!! Please avoid going here and there are few other lovely motels around.....SCAM****
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Farinazleen Ghazali wrote a review Oct 2023
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia39 contributions14 helpful votes
Really nice set up, plenty of parking available right at the door of your room. Very spacious apartment with a separate bedroom with King/Queen sized bed plus a single bed in the living room. The apartment kitchen came with full cooking facilities too.
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Date of stay: October 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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BexNZ2015 wrote a review Oct 2022
30 contributions11 helpful votes
Stayed here for 1 night. No road noise which was awesome since being on such a main road. The room itself was dated but clean in fact the sparkliest stainless steel bench top and shower I have ever seen and all original still! Enjoyable to stay here especially if you are looking to relive some old school vibes.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Strickes wrote a review Aug 2022
Rotorua District, New Zealand1608 contributions330 helpful votes
We spent a night here recently while travelling the South Island. The motel is right on a main highway and we expected a bit of noise, but the back units were too bad at all, and with the bedroom being at the back of the unit, the noise was minimal to none. Very dated units, The unit we had was very spacious and had that we needed. Some carpet wear that was quite obvious in the entry way, that perhaps could be covered up or carpet replaced. Bed was comfortable and of a good size. Bathroom set up a little odd, shower and toilet in one room, but the vanity was in the bedroom. Well set up kitchen with all that would be need if staying a little longer. Along with a good sized kitchen table.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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David1952_12 wrote a review Jul 2022
Ashburton, New Zealand172 contributions38 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. I would recomend you someplace else We will not be back The good point was how close it is to the centre of town. Also close to restaurants.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Angela N wrote a review Jun 2022
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Very clean and affordable accommodation. We would stay again. Yes it is a bit dated but we are not complaining at all. You get what you pay for and most importantly it was very clean everywhere and comfortable. Thank you
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jenny wrote a review Apr 2022
Ashburton, New Zealand2 contributions
The motel smelled really musty when you walked in, couldn't open windows in front rooms as had funny double glazing covering them. Right on main highway with lot of traffic noise. The bathroom was very small a short person would have trouble reaching the shower over the bath. Had to get in bath to turn it on.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Good off street parking
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Tina T wrote a review Dec 2020
Maramarua, New Zealand249 contributions33 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
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$126 - $131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionTimaru
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
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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 dry cleaning.
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, Little India, and Bullock Restaurant and Bar.
Does Blue Dolphin Motel have airport transportation?
Yes, Blue Dolphin Motel offers airport transportation 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 reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.