places to stay
The moment you arrive in Dunedin, either via vehicle, plane or ship, you will be impressed with the huge selection of holiday and business accommodation on offer. From boutique apartments and world-class hotels to backpacker hostels, campgrounds, farm-stays, affordable motels, friendly bed & breakfast, luxury lodges and even a castle! There is always somewhere to rest your head at night in Otago.
The varied and unique layout of Dunedin allows visitors the luxury of choosing to stay pretty much anywhere! Enjoy accommodation of all budgets and style in the heart of the city, go beach-side, get a mountain or ocean view, go countryside or escape away from it all. From as little as twenty bucks to thousands of dollars, Dunedin has the accommodation to suit your budget and holiday requirements.
Thanks to Otago University, Dunedin is a popular place for young travellers to visit, catch up with Uni' friends or enjoy the fabulous 'outdoors'. The city has an impressive number of backpacker style accommodation to choose from, including renovated heritage buildings or warm and friendly hostels - all either in the city or the Otago Peninsula. The Stafford Gables YHA Dunedin deserves a mention as it is a Qualmark Endorsed Backpackers and is located in a charming historic homestead, while the Sahara Guesthouse is located close to the city and offers backpacker bed & breakfast style accommodation.
If you prefer to get a bit closer to Mother Nature, there is a small selection of camp grounds with cabins and holiday parks for campervans and motorhome travellers, including Dunedin Holiday Park in St Kilda and Portobello Village Tourist Park.
There is a great range of quality motels located throughout Dunedin city and surrounding Otago regions. Motels are working in highly competitive industry and it pays to shop around as many offer special deals for weekends, off peak and long term stays. You can find some excellent motel providers such as the family friendly and very affordable Sahara Motel in a central location, and familiar favourites including the Bella Vista Motel brand in Mosgiel.
Bed and breakfast style accommodation is growing in popularity around New Zealand due to an increase in the number of tourist visitors keen to experience genuine Kiwi hospitality in a warm and friendly accommodation environment. Bed and breakfast accommodation is a great way to meet new people and get the ‘low-down’ from locals on the best places to eat, things to see and activities to do.
Another popular fast growing style of accommodation is self-catering holiday apartments and holiday houses. Guests can enjoy the comfort of a totally self-contained house or apartment along with the privacy of being self-catering. This style of accommodation can also be a less expensive option for groups or families staying in the Otago area.
Luxury accommodation is a serious business in Dunedin, and there are some truly stunning world-class hotels and sumptuous hideaways for those that can afford to holiday in total luxury. One of the most well known upmarket accommodation providers is Corstorphine House, one of the finest historic homes in the country and boasting a 5 star Qualmark.
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