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“Fantastic clean motel highly recommended.”
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Northstar
Ranked #5 of 18 Hotels in Oamaru
1 review
“Fantastic clean motel highly recommended.”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

We had 2 nights at the Northstarmotel in Oamaru in January. The room was spacious, plenty of room for 2 adults and 2 kids one of whom is 16. Lovely comfy king size bed, fantastic sheets, even coordinating cushions on the bed - a lovely touch. Great sofa which turned into a bed for the teenager. Great bathroom with excellent shower, very roomy. The unit was quiet and extremely clean. The owner was really friendly and helpful Can't think of anything negative to say! Oh, also it was a darn site nicer than the Mercure Hotel in Dunedin!!

  • Stayed January 2013
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Hong Kong
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

This was our best stay in NZ. We went to see the Blue Penguin before check-in, but a girl at reception stayed waiting for us until 10:15pm. We felt really sorry. And we were stunned by the big and facilited room. And they did recommend good places to visit in the town. Pity we stayed only one night.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

We're here tonight (Tues 1st Jan 2013).

Very friendly checkin, very helpful reception staff.

They are very very roomy units, and it's great having a full kitchen with a proper oven. We bought some stuff from the local supermarket and I'm heating it up in the oven.

The bathroom setup is great. The toilet is separate from the shower, and outside both is a handbasin....so one person can be in the shower, one person in the toilet, and another brushing their teeth, all at the same time in separate rooms. A great design feature.

Beds seem comfy on an initial try, and it's nice to have a proper chairs/table for eating.

We would most definitely stay here again if we are in Oamaru.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We had a night's stay here last weekend and I have to say it really is a bit of a jewel in Oamaru. Wonderful smooth check-in where we were greated very warmly and nothing was a bother. The room was huge for the 3 of us....myself, husband and daughter....complete with a king bed and a foldaway queen size bed. The shower was powerful, and like the rest of the room was huge too!!! All in all, we would definitely stay again at Northstar without hesitation. In face, looking forward to the next stay already!!!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 16, 2012 via mobile

North Star was surprisingly a gem stay. Astoundingly big, roomy & spacious. Full cooking facilities. Convenient Carpark facilities. Friendly, helpful & informative receptionist. Comfortable beds. Conveniently situated. 5 minutes drive to Supermarket. Everything is excellent. Though it is situated by the roadside, it's hardly noisy. We were there during the Steampunk festival in the early June and we regretted staying there for just 1 night. North Star is definitely worth every penny spent. Totally recommended. Single / Couples / Families. Thank you Shirley & friends for making our stay a very nice one. We are looking forward to be back again next year (keeping our fingers cross) :-)

  • Stayed June 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

Stayed just the one night but was very impressed with this hotel.

Very friendly reception, a little different experience after been given a jug a milk and having to balance it and my luggage to my upstairs room. Hey, at least it was fresh milk! Breakfeast order is given at time of check-in and delivered to your room that night. Obviously no cooked breakfast but I actually enjoyed this as I did not have to specify a time and could sleep in if I wished.

The rooms were large and spacious. Very clean and comfortable. My room has full cooking facilities with hot plate and microwave.

Attached is a bar and a fantastic restaurant staff by great friendly staff. Real Southern hospitality.

As a side issue, My collegue lost his wedding ring whilst staying (Slipped off his finger) and was delighted when the hotel rang to say they had found it. They're are heroes in his eyes!

I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. I will certainly return!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

After a long trip down from the top of the South Island, our first night was at the Northstar. What a great start to the trip, a really great night. The motel contacted us during the day, we let them know we were runing a little late, they said, go to the restaurant and pick your key up there. We went straight to the bar/restaurant, and friendly faces were there to welcome us. The restaurant food was absolutely divine, don't let the cook go. After a meal that we rated as one of the best on the trip, we arrived at our room, they had put a heater on for us, the room was large and well planned out, a wonderful start to our South Island trip.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Northstar
Address: 495A Thames Highway, Oamaru 9400, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Oamaru
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Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #5 of 18 Hotels in Oamaru
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Hotel Class:4.5 star — Northstar 4.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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