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Northstar
Ranked #5 of 18 Hotels in Oamaru
Reviewed April 16, 2013

My husband and I had had a massive day of driving and got to Oamaru and could not drive any further as we were exhausted. As we drove through town we noticed most the motel were full, we drove up and down a few times and then decided to go into this motel as it had a restaurant attached so we didnt have to go anywhere.

We were not expecting much from the outside but the woman that checked us in was so friendly and helpful and then our room was one of our favourites for the holiday, new, clean, modern, well priced & spacious. Then we went down stairs to the bar/restaurant and were even more suprised. We had a great meal with a few drinks and the staff were friendly and efficient.

i would highly recomend a stay here as everything is under the one roof, reasonably priced and we just had a really god experience.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

We pulled into Oamaru around 2 in the afternoon on a Saturday and noticed that most of the lodging was already booked up. I wanted to look around town a little more but we soon turned around and went back to the Northstar after seeing nothing but no vacancy signs and we were so glad we did. Even though the motel is located on the main road, the restaurant fronts the road and motel units are set well away. The place looked almost brand new, with modern, tasteful furnishings, comfortable beds, flat screen tv,, nice bathroom area and a full kitchen. These rooms actually look just like they do on their website. You could even open some of the windows and not invite break-ins. The gals at the front desk were really helpful and friendly. Washing machines were free, $2 for the dryer. It has a large, lighted parking lot. We saw the blue and yellow-eyed penguins, walked the well preserved and vibrant Victorian downtown, and went to the farmer's market. Didn't use the restaurant, but nice to have it and the bottle store on site. Our only wish would have been able to spend more time in this great town and motel. One of the nicest lodgings in our two week NZ stay.

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank COgal7
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

Clean & modern motel but poorly designed! Plenty of space in the rooms although layout not well designed & a bit unfriendly. Biggest problem is that they have no wifi (only an old fashioned ip connection) despite being a very new/modern motel. Not ideal for the average ipod/ipad equipped modern tourist! We also found the staff rather 'grumpy'!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Chris C
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

When we arrived we found that the bedding arrangement was not what we booked. This meant we had two separate single beds rather than the Queen that we booked.

The way they handled was to "push the two beds together". The beds were left made up as singles and literally just pushed together.

Not sure if this was due to a broken computer booking system or not. They did change the room that we were originally booked in.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Karin F
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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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Thank D1AN
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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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Thank heatherbobo
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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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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
Price Range: $96 - $128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Northstar 4.5*
Number of rooms: 16
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