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“Comfortable and welcoming” 5 of 5 stars
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92 Wansbeck Street, State Highway 1, Oamaru, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #7 of 19 Hotels in Oamaru
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9 hotel reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Comfortable and welcoming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Arrived in Oamaru in the afternoon and called into the I-site centre to ask if they could recommend somewhere inexpensive for the night. They sent us to this motel and we were given one of the units at the back. Very pleasant surprise - beautiful view over the fields, patio area with table and chairs and a very comfortable unit with great facilities at a very reasonable price. Also very friendly hosts. A well kept secret!

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Top Contributor
238 reviews 238 reviews
52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This motel is conveniently located close by to a major supermarket and service station and not far from the center of town. The motel owner gave us a very friendly welcome the price was right and the motel clean and the bed comfortable. We would stay again.

Room Tip: choose a unit back from the road such as unit 6 it has a good view and patio
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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canberra
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We randomly came across this motel at the end of our day and it turned out to be the most unexpected surprise. It was about the quietest and most comfortable bed we had experienced while traveling around New Zealand, it had free internet which was really handy and it had all the amenities we needed - particularly the toaster! Although the room was dated, it was comfortable, clean, quiet and had a great view.

Room Tip: Get one of the rooms at the back that face the hill/view.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

We enjoyed a very comfortable one night stay in a two bedroom unit at this motel. It had everything we needed for our party of four and provided a great base for seeing the penguins in Oamaru. After we left and drove to Queenstown, we realised that we had left a camera charger behind in one of the bedrooms. The owners were extremely helpful in locating it and express posting it on to us immediately. We felt this was very kind - lost property must be the bane of the hospitality trade. We thoroughly recommend this motel for a comfortable and affordable stay in Oamaru.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

Got into Oamaru at 7pm on the 30th Dec to find accommodation was fully booked, driving out the south side we spotted Holmes Hill Motel had vacancies! I'll admit it looks a wee bit rough on the outside, but the rooms are immaculately clean and surprisingly modern. Bed was super comfy! Only $11.00 for a taxi to town. The owners are really friendly.... And best of all, the price was more than reasonable!

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bridport, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

On a 3 week tour of South Island NZ hospitality has been superb, but I've saved the best motel to last. Holmes Hill is well appointed, beautifully presented and most comfortable. At the same time, it's the most reasonable - splendid value. Wifi in NZ motels has been the big let-down but here it has been excellent, free and fast - AND NO HORRIBLE COUPONS!
My rating? 12 out of 10!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Leeston
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Stayed here on an overnight trip to Oamaru - lovely room, looked to be brand new, was certainly spotlessly clean. Extremely comfortable bed. End units have a pleasant rural outlook. For a short stop it was excellent value.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Holmes Hill Motel

Address: 92 Wansbeck Street, State Highway 1, Oamaru, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Oamaru
Amenities:
Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 19 Hotels in Oamaru
Number of rooms: 6

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