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Aorangi Motel
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Fairlie
Certificate of Excellence
Crowborough, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great Motel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Motel is in a quiet position in the small town of Fairlie. The owners were friendly and welcoming. Gave advice on local places to see and places to eat. Room clean and good value for money. Highly Recommended.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank stepheno177
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28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 1 night after we couldn't find any accommodation in lake tekapo. Only half an hours drive, in a lovely town. The staff are lovely and really helpful, the room was lovely and lots of parking in front of the rooms which was handy.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank jodiekirk
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Hokitika, New Zealand
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19 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Cute motel near lake tekapo- about 30 mins drive
Owner was friendly and welcoming offered lots of information on near by sites.
Clean and nice room, everything needed was there. Good value for money!!

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Issy C
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
Level Contributor
20 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Hello, we are a family of 5 and arrived very late on New Year's eve and a bit late checking out in the morning.
Host was very accommodating and friendly.
The unit was clean, tidy, and reasonably spacious.
Sleep quality was great because the motel is away from the main room.
A tip for arrival late at night is to turn off the lights inside and only have the light on outside.
Only turn the lights on inside when the doors and windows are closed as there are insects flying about and is attracted to the light.
Excellent value! Definitely will stay again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank valuetraveller28
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Adelaide, Australia
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50 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

Kathy was so welcoming of our extremely tired family who just wanted to go to bed. It was only 10am & the room was made ready for our early arrival which was a godsend. The apartments are lovely, very spacious and clean and have that home away from home feel in a nice quiet area.  Close to everything this is a perfect place to stay if ever passing through this beautiful town.  10/10 for service & accommodation. 

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Thank 105Tracey
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Victoria, Canada
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48 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

When my wife and I explained that we were spending the night in Fairlie during our tour of the South Island, the reaction was always the same: "Why? Why ever would you want to go to Fairlie?" Poor Fairlie. I confess we didn't see much in Fairlie that would bring us back, though we've seen many less desirable spots.

We chose Fairlie as a convenient stop in the middle of a long drive from Queenstown, and were happy to stay at the Aorangie, which is excellent value. We had a two-bedroom apartment with separate kitchen and living/sitting room, together with a small, uninteresting patio at the front. The rooms were clean and bright, and the beds comfortable. Although the motel is on a main road, it's set well back from it, and we found the location very quiet.

The friendly owners provided a basic, but good, breakfast, left in the fridge while we went for an evening meal. Parking is easy and safe, directly outside the rooms.

The motel is dated, but is nevertheless clean and well maintained. The service from the owners was fast, efficient and helpful. This sort of motel is not what I'd choose for an extended stay - and neither is Fairlie - but we were glad we stayed at the Aorangie and, were we to need an overnight stop in Fairlie in the future, would come back again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank hugh c
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South Wales
Level Contributor
187 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

This is a quiet motel complex 100 metres off the main highway and only 200 metres to the town centre, run as a family enterprise by a friendly and helpful couple.
Rooms have comfortable beds, adequate self-catering facilities, heated floors, 32" LCD flat screen TV's with Freeview but only limited Sky and Free Wireless. However, the rooms are very old-fashioned and ‘dated’, roughly in the 1950’s character. I even experienced my first stainless steel shower compartment!
A useful overnight stopover between Christchurch & Mt Cook (only 25 minute drive to Lake Tekapo) but wouldn’t want to stay longer.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Ingenius
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Property: Aorangi Motel
Address: 26 Denmark Street, Fairlie 7925, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Mackenzie District > Fairlie
Amenities:
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Fairlie
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Aorangi Motel 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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