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The Blue Dolphin Motel Timaru

The Blue Dolphin Motel in Timaru South Canterbury is a haven of simplicity and comfort. Moderately priced, clean and spacious apartments make the motel an ideal accommodation choice for those wishing to enjoy the local attractions of Timaru, or explore the many notable features of the South Canterbury region.

The complex consists of 11 fully self contained apartments offering a range of accommodation options. An aerial layout of the property shows the rear apartments, comprising four, one bedroom apartments along with an executive studio  suitable for singles and couples. There are also two, two bedroom split level apartments ideal for those with school aged children or visiting sports teams. The front family style apartments, all of which are double glazed, offer a welcoming, homely comfort. These sleep up to six people, except one two bedroom ground floor apartment that sleeps up to seven people, and all feature open plan living and fully equipped kitchens.

The clean warm moderately priced apartments make The Blue Dolphin Motel Timaru an optimum accommodation choice for all situations, and we offer FREE off street parking.

Your hosts

The warm welcome from your hosts Dorothy and Mark, makes the Blue Dolphin Motel Timaru not just good value for money but a motel that is unique in its home away from home appeal.

Motel map from above

BlueDolphin-ArialView The motel layout shown below gives a great perspective on where everything is located within the motel complex.

FREE off street car parking capable of accommodating 11 vehicles, including cars with trailers and buses, is located in the central courtyard, giving easy access to all the surrounding apartments. The apartments include one or two bedroom configurations with split level and ground floor options, each with its own sleeping layout accommodating up to seven guests depending on the apartment. Each apartment room contains multi channel digital and sky television, WiFi access, ample heating and lighting and all beds have an electric blanket.

The rooms feature open plan kitchen, living and dining providing that home away from home feeling. Some apartments have separate bathrooms and others contain en suites but all contain separate showers and toilets.

A great base to local attractions

The Blue Dolphin Motel accommodation is situated just 1.5 hours drive to Mount Dobson and Mount Hutt ski fields, 163km from Christchurch, 203km from Mount Cook, 104km from Lake Tekapo and just over 1 hours drive from Oamaru.


Our motel covers the basics and a lot more

  1. General:
    1. Newspaper
    2. Garden Terrace
    3. Non-smoking rooms
    4. Facilities for disabled guests
    5. Heating
    6. Luggage storage
    7. Non-smoking throughout
  2. Activities:
    1. Tour desk with cross the board information brochures, maps, etc
  3. Services:
    1. Airport shuttle
    2. Self laundry
    3. Dry cleaning
    4. Ironing equipment
    5. Luggage storage
  4. Internet:
    1. FREE 1 gig wireless WiFi/unit/day in all areas (extra minimal charges apply )
    2. in-house apartment phone system to office, external charges apply).
  5. Parking:
    1. FREE off street public car, bus and trailer parking available for one vehicle per apartment; (reservation not needed).
    2. FREE transport to and from airport or bus station upon ASAP request, for guests staying two nights or more.

Fantastic location in Timaru

We are situated on State Highway One. If travelling north we are on the left hand side of the road at the corner of Evans and Trafalgar Street. If travelling south we are on the right, 80 mtrs past Couplands Bakery on the left hand side.