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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed April 19, 2016

Loved the motel. The couple running it are very helpful and kind. The rooms were neatly kept. Location is very good, everything is within 5-10mins drive. Caroline Bay is nearby as well, which is famous to have penguins every night during some season.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Reviewed April 6, 2016

The people who run this motel always go the extra mile and are a pleasure to deal with. The units are clean, comfortable and spacious. Our group of students spent two lovely nights there. We will definitely return to this excellent location just opposite Caroline Bay.

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Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
Reviewed February 24, 2016

We booked a room for two bedroom apartment for two persons for $128. When we paid we were charged $136. We enquired about this and were advised that because we werent a couple and used two beds there is an extra charge. This is a rip off. facility is outdated and overpriced. Right on main road so expect road noise.

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1Thank nzp0ppy
Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

Would never stay here ever again! It's a fire hazard up stairs! My son sat on his bed & it broke,then his mate sat on a chair & it broke right in front of me.instead of being worried about us they wanted us to pay money!!!!!! What the hell? Then they complained to my kids school trying to get money...

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3Thank Amee S
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
Reviewed January 22, 2016

we followed up and the owner/operator "didnt recognise the number" of course not, we are not from timaru, and we were looking for accommodation. Our loss, not having checked Trip Advisor earlier. Today, we tried to make contact, ........ but alas, they dont make contact, and now as we are unable to take the accommodation (because of a family illness...

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3Thank barb_keanwilliams
Dunedin, New Zealand
Reviewed August 25, 2015

This motel is clean but is old and needs a significant overhaul. Customer service was not great and in fact a little 'confrontational'. Upon arrival our room was cold, management did not bother to heat the room even though they knew we were coming and it was a cold day! There are so many negative things I could say about...

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2Thank CThoms
Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed April 29, 2015

where do I begin lets begin with a warning to everyone out there , this is a total dive do not stay at the blue dolphin , it is the kind of place that you need to wear a hazmat suit to stay in . dirty , dingy and worn out , happened to be passing through Timaru and was...

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3Thank sully1111
Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed April 7, 2015

This motel owner is a nut job! We booked this motel through booking.com , the owner emailed my husband and I calling us dim for booking via the internet as we paid 12% . We stayed 4 nights and booked a one bed room apartment with two beds. The first night he gave us milk (In NZ it is the...

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3Thank vic465
Hokitika, New Zealand
Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

We are visitng for a sporting event. The unit we have is on the road with very little road noise. Units are basic but fully equipped, all you need to bring is food. Rooms are quite dated but very clean and really reasonably priced! Great central location, close to supermarket etc.Very nice management! Would definitely stay again!

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1Thank HokitikaGlass
Hokitika, New Zealand
Reviewed January 24, 2015

Very dated units, sagging beds, 1960's décor, basic stainless kitchens. Unit was clean but compact, very noisy from main road - wouldn't recommend for families with young children as units are right there on the footpath. Didn't find the owners particularly friendly or helpful. Had to wait ages to even check in after repeatedly pushing the buzzer, then were chucked...

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Public Wifi
  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
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  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Laundry Service

Additional Information about Blue Dolphin Motel

Address: 40 Evans Street, Timaru 7910, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Timaru
Price Range: $79 - $99 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Blue Dolphin Motel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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“The back units would have been further from the road and quieter.”
 of 5 bubbles 558judy, Feb 10, 2017 | Read review
“The ones near the road are old and so noisy and the ones at the ones at the rear are freezing and old”
  • This is inside-the walls are feral and this was the heater they provided in the middle of winter
 of 5 bubbles Waltercummings, Aug 28, 2016 | Read review
“Don't bother - find another motel!!”
 of 5 bubbles shaynetarnO, Jul 23, 2016 | Read review
“South side rooms quieter not on the main road.”
 of 5 bubbles 858shirleyf, Apr 24, 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are great and not noisy”
 of 5 bubbles Sandra4874, Apr 6, 2016 | Read review
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