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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 travelers 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 public wifi is available.

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

If you like steakhouses, Blue Dolphin Motel is conveniently located near Bullock Restaurant and Bar and Custom Steak House.

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
Fax / photocopying
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Soundproof rooms
Room service
Bottled water
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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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: Traveled with family
David1952_12 wrote a review May 2020
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand131 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: Traveled as a couple
DonandKathy51 wrote a review May 2019
Sydney, Australia77 contributions28 helpful votes
Not the newest motel (among many along this strip of highway) but reasonably comfortable. The hosts were extremely nice and very helpful. The 2 bedroom apartment was quite adequate, the kitchen was well equipped and heating was adequate. Our main complaint was that - despite double glazing windows- there was still a fair amount of street noise in the front bedroom. If we were to stay there again would request a unit not fronting the highway.
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Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from Curiosity62985384818, Owner at Blue Dolphin Motel
Responded Jul 30, 2019
Hello Don and Kathy. Thank you for your comments as regards your stay here at the Blue Dolphin, and we would like to apologize for the noise aspect of your stay in Timaru. In one respect, it is unfortunate that we are on the main road for the noise factor, but any exposure to the flowing traffic, and for convenience of location to most of what Timaru has to offer, makes it almost a must for the capture of guests and their bookings. The Blue Dolphin Motel, or at least the front block of motels, as we understand it, are the oldest in Timaru, and it has always bugged us that the units are dated. We try to keep them clean, fresh and comfortable, a 'home away from home'. But as we are only the 'lease holders' of the complex, our hands are somewhat tied as to costly improvements that no doubt could be made to enhance the overall experience for our guests. So we apologize again for that and if we have the pleasure of hosting you again, we will happily accommodate you in our updated 'younger block' of motels at the back of the Blue Dolphin Motel complex.Thank you again, have a great year and safe travelling. Warm regards, Geoff and Dianne
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Aaron Zschau wrote a review Mar 2019
Edmonds, Washington10 contributions
The room was clean but a bit musty smelling due to the fact that there was no real cross-ventilation for the unit. Very dated decor. Couldn't open the windows on the street side due to the double glazing which was much needed for the noisy street. Otherwise the room was ok, the management friendly and we didn't have any real problems. Probably bottom of the list for motels that we stayed at while visiting the South Island though.
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Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Curiosity62985384818, Manager at Blue Dolphin Motel
Responded Sep 16, 2019
Thank you for your comments. We appreciate your view about the ventilation, however, the double glazing provided, does allow for sliding to the side so you can open the windows for air flow, also you can use the fan option on our heaters, to move air around he rooms. We do ask guests to please tell us at the time, if there is anything we can do to make their stay more pleasant. If it is within our capabilities we will ablige. The Motel is outdated, but we are very limited as to what we can do to improve that, but people generally like the home away from home feel! We sincerely hope you enjoyed your holiday on the whole and you returned home safe and sound. Take care, kind regards, Geoff and Dianne
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stevemarie2017 wrote a review Feb 2019
Brisbane, Australia37 contributions6 helpful votes
Room was clean and tidy, Car parking close to the unit was a bonus. Bed was a little too soft for our liking but ok for 1 night. The owners were friendly and helpful. The location was very convenient, close to shops and restaurants
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Curiosity62985384818, Manager at Blue Dolphin Motel
Responded Aug 21, 2019
Thank you for your helpful comments. We do try to keep up our concentration on our guest comfort and convenience to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Hope the rest of your holiday went extremely well and was safely travelled Have a great year.. Kind regards, Geoff and Dianne,
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$72 - $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 (0.2 miles), York Street Gallery of Fine Art (0.6 miles), and Movie Max Digital Cinemas (0.6 miles).
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 Bullock Restaurant and Bar, Zest, and Bay Hill Brewery Bar.
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.
Is Blue Dolphin Motel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.7 miles away from the center of Timaru.
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 inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.