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Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers

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#9 of 13 motels in Timaru
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Our motel is centrally located and we offer spacious and fully equipped units for you to enjoy. From a Single Studio, Standard Studio, One Bedroom Units to Two Bedroom Apartments, we're sure to have something to suit everyone. Sports Groups, School Groups and long term stays most welcome. The Anchor Motel is situated on the main highway 1. Only 5 mins walk from Caroline Bay, beach, children's playground, tennis courts and new Aquatic Centre. A shopping centre with Supermarket is only 5 mins walk. We have a separate newly renovated 5 bedroom house ideal for 2 -3 families, sports groups or trades people.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Wifi
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Fishing
Highchairs available
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Self-serve laundry
Complimentary tea
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Dining area
Seating area
Iron
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Electric blanket
Complimentary toiletries
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Radio
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
2.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
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Languages Spoken
English
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Tripper5012 wrote a review Dec 2023
Dunedin, New Zealand70 contributions15 helpful votes
Stayed here in a king studio and had a great night sleep. The units are a little dated but very clean . Very handy to Caroline bay and a short walk in to the centre. Good price! The staff are friendly and helpful. We will definitely rebook when passing through or a extended stay
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Paula M wrote a review Sept 2022
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The bedroom was quite nice, comfortable bed, enough space for suitcases and two people, equipped kitchen, wifi… The owner was very nice and helped us locate the penguins too for our visit. Highly recommended if you are staying in the area.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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SandieGee_10 wrote a review Sept 2022
Coral Bay, Australia27 contributions5 helpful votes
Extremely approachable lovely hosts sisters Rach & Sandy. Small unit but everything that we needed. Very Comfy bed and 2 comfortable pillows. Motel very handy to town, and the great Caroline Bay parkland area. Would love to see the Rose garden in bloom. Penguins came in near the port area which was wonderful.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Martine Darrou wrote a review Jul 2021
Dunedin, New Zealand2 contributions1 helpful vote
I stayed overnight at the anchor motel in Timaru New Zealand, I had booked a studio, I’m a seasoned traveler, when I arrived the owner show me the room it was so small like a cell with a bed and a toilet, I commented that I did not booked a backpacker, he assured me that was not it, seeing my reaction he offer me to upgrade at a great cost of a bigger but similarly run down, with holes in the cupboard, etc, and so noisy the electric blanket worked only in one side, to add insult to injury in the morning about 10 minutes passed the check out time the owner knocked loudly at the door, saying are you ready to move out! While at lunch in town the restaurant owner and I were talking he asked where did you stay and I told him, and he said OH No! That is the worth place to stay so that say it all. Stay away.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Travellerben wrote a review Apr 2019
auckland7 contributions8 helpful votes
Lovely place to stay! Spacious warm the inside has been nicely modernised. A bloody comfortable bed! Large lounge and kitchen. I will definitely be back. Would highly recommend this as a place to stay
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Yoan T, Owner at Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers
Responded 31 Jul 2019
Thank you for your great review, Travellerben, we're very happy you enjoyed your stay
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Tomasz K wrote a review Mar 2019
Lodz Province, Poland60 contributions9 helpful votes
Very good location close to the main road. Bakery opposite. The supermarket is less than a kilometer away. Good laundry along with a drying room (thanks to the nice lady from the reception I did not have to pay extra). Very nice and helpful staff. My room with the bathroom was small, but in my opinion it was worth the price I paid.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Responded 31 Jul 2019
Thank yo for your review Toamsz, it's great you enjoyed your stay
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PatMacnz64 wrote a review Dec 2018
Omokoroa Beach, New Zealand537 contributions103 helpful votes
Older unit but cost feel with a comfortable bed and parking in front of some units. Across the road from coupland bakery and caroline bay within walking distance. Close to restaurants and supermarkets.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 31 Jul 2019
Hi PatMacnz64, thanks for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your stay
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Reanalda wrote a review Dec 2018
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I didnt think I could find worse than Reavers Lodge in Queenstown but that was before I stayed at Anchor Motel in Timaru! This is the worse place I have ever stayed in! I couldnt sleep during my stay. The mattress is too old, you sink in it and it kills your back. The constant - day&night- noise from the cars and trucks on State Highway 1 makes you feel like you're sleepling on the street as the windows are very thin. The place is gross and looks like it's been abandoned. The floor are probably not cleaned because it is so sticky each step makes noise. In the building I was in there is only one shower and one toilet without soap to wash your hands. The kitchen lacks basics such as bowls, cups, teatowels, etc. The bedroom smelled like tobacco as the guy next door smokes in his bedroom and the corridor smells like a mix of alcohol and tobacco. The walls are so thin you hear the person and the tv next door. Some people are living here long term and don't care coming back at 1am without paying attention to other clients' sleep - using the microwave and speaking loudly even after I've closed the kitchen door, or holding conversations right in front of your doors. They don't know how to close a door but kept slamming them each time they go in or out. The safety is also a concern as they are open wires in the living room and it doesnt seem to have a fire alarm in the rooms or kitchen (a guy left his food to burn...). Finally I had only 250mb for the whole stay, which didn't even work properly and you have to pay if you want more. This motel was not worth my money or anyone else's and the owner/management should be ashamed to run such a place!
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Response from Yoan T, Owner at Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers
Responded 31 Jul 2019
Hi Reanalda, We're very sorry you disliked your stay so much. I'd like to point out that YOU DID NOT STAY AT THE ANCHOR MOTEL, YOU STAYED AT THE BACKPACKERS, and you paid backpacker prices, that's why you had to share kitchen bathroom and lounge with others (some long term residents as you say yourself). It's a bit of shame you did not come and tell me about you not being happy with the Backpacker accommodation, I could have offered you a Motel room for an extra fee. I hope the rest of your trip went well
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Kathleen S wrote a review Oct 2018
Ashburton, Canterbury, New Zealand310 contributions116 helpful votes
On the main road through town this motel is also a backpackers, so can be a bit noisy, especially our room which was next to the laundry. The interior of the rooms are a bit rough in the way of finishing, but are very clean and comfortable. If you want a good cheap place to use as a base while exploring Timaru this is good. The staff are very friendly and if you want to cook there is as good a collection of pots and cutlery that I think I have even seen in a motel.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Dorian L wrote a review Aug 2018
Christchurch, New Zealand4 contributions1 helpful vote
Honestly nothing to complaint about. Great value for money. The staff are an absolute delight and the owner is very keen to help make your stay even better. Rooms are great. Clean and confortable. If the sound of the road (which is minimal) bothers you then be aware but other than that. Perfect. Highlyrecommend
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Date of stay: September 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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$98 - $150 (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 Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers?
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 Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, self serve laundry, and baggage storage.
Which room amenities are available at Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Anchor Motel & Timaru Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Zest, Little India, and Bullock Restaurant and Bar.