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4.2 out of 5

"This is budget accommodation and getting somewhere to stay in Timaru can be difficult.It is value for money but very dated and little by way of additi ... " More

By a verified traveller on Sat 24 Feb 2018

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Hotel Description

At Townhouse Motel you'll be within just a 10-minute stroll of Caroline Bay Beach and Aigantighe Art Gallery. Highlights at this motel include free self parking, and in-room kitchenettes and free WiFi.

You can enjoy LCD TVs, separate bathtubs and showers and free local calls, featured in all 10 rooms. Kitchenettes come with fridges, microwaves and hobs, making in-room dining convenient. Jetted tubs, portable fans and safes are also available.

This smoke-free motel offers free WiFi in public areas, barbecues and dry cleaning/laundry services. Added amenities include laundry facilities, free newspapers in the lobby and luggage storage. Each morning cooked-to-order breakfast is served between 7 AM and 8:30 AM. There's also the convenience of free extended parking.

With a stay at this 3.5-star Timaru motel, you'll be 1.4 km (0.9 mi) from South Canterbury Museum and 3.4 km (2.1 mi) from Botanical Gardens.

Standard Studio, Kitchenette (quiet studio)

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
NZ$116* Per night/room 19 Oct. - 20 Oct.

Standard Studio, Kitchenette (Spacious Studio)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Standard Suite, 2 Bedrooms, Kitchen (unit)

Bed Count 4 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 6 Max

Standard Suite, 1 Bedroom, Kitchen (unit)

Bed Count 4 Twin Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Townhouse Motel ratings based on 63 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.2 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 3.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Townhouse Motel

Everyone (35) Couples (6) Family (22)
4 out of 5
Plenty of room for 2 x A and 2 x C Practical for what we needed

Posted by on 23 Apr. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

27 Apr. 2019 by owner

thanks for your review

5 out of 5
I live in Wellington. We come to Timaru 2-3 times per year and always stay at Townhouse Motel. We love the friendliness of the proprietors, the location is perfect and we have all that we need. The motel is very clean and comfortable. Would recommend this motel to everyone

Posted by on 10 Mar. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

27 Apr. 2019 by owner

thank you for your kind review

5 out of 5
I always stay at this motel when in Timaru. Staff are friendly. The rooms are comfortable, The motel is close to town and family and the staff are very friendly. Recommend

Posted by , from Wellington, nz on 10 Dec. 2018

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3 out of 5
Walking distance to shops restaurants nice spacious unit. Shower had broken floor bed very old and needs to be replaced. Comparative to sleeping on boards

Posted by , from Christchurch on 22 Oct. 2018

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3 out of 5
Clock ticking, heater very loud, kids couldn’t be on the same level as us which was not in the description upstairs & downstairs. Very dated & would expect something more modern for that price. One night was ok but wouldn’t rebook.

Posted by on 2 Jul. 2018

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3 out of 5

You get what you pay for

Pros: It is close to caroline bay and the public swimming baths.The staff are very pleasant and the cooked breakfast is good value at $15.
Cons: A daily newspaper
Location: As above
This is budget accommodation and getting somewhere to stay in Timaru can be difficult.It is value for money but very dated and little by way of additional comfort.No where to sit outside which is a problem for longer stays.No privacy unless one pulls drapes during the day and traffic noise is an issue. Anyone of a moderate height would find the handbasin a challenge to work in and the kitchen lacks basic eqipment,such as a sharp knife.

Posted by , from Christchurch on 24 Feb. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

13 Apr. 2018 by lisa

thanks for your review tony but i must say if you had of asked we would have sorted something out and yes people do steal our stuff so thank you for letting us know after you stayed that things were missing

3 out of 5

Dated Motel on busy main road

Cons: Double glazing and air-con would be a welcome addition. (noise reduction, cooling, plumbing)
Location: Close proximity to town, public swimming pool and Caroline Bay
Older style motel situated on a busy main road - very noisy due to heavy trucks and noisy cars through-out the night. Poor air circulation - Couldn't open windows to create airflow at night due to road noise. No cooling other than a pedestal fan in upper floor lounge. Plumbing could do with attention - taps vibrate when in use in kitchen.

Posted by , from Queensland on 23 Jan. 2018

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4 out of 5
Pros: Spacious, comfortable, spa bath was very welcome after travelling
Cons: Things are looking a bit tired around the edges
Location: Close to beach walks and town
I spent two nights, had a night away, and had a very warm welcome back with lights and heater on and curtains drawn, and phone charger that I'd left behind waiting for pick up. Very comfortable and homely and surprisingly quiet given proximity to main road

Posted by , from Palmerston North on 25 Sep. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

14 Nov. 2017 by townhousemotel

thank you for your review we are in the process of fixing things up

3 out of 5
Quite dated with worn furniture and blankets on bedding very worn.

Posted by on 22 Jul. 2017

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Comment from Hotel Management

29 Jul. 2017 by boss

We are in the process of updating rooms but because this is anonymous i do not know what room you are talking about and to update we do have to have rooms empty long enough to do up thanks for your review

4 out of 5

A Nice Little Motel

Pros: The quietness and the location
Cons: The room we were in was all good but it could have done with a slight facelift
Location: Caroline Bay, The Penguin colony, CBD, The swimming pool, cafes, restaurants etc etc etc
We were pleasantly surprised with Timaru and the surrounding districts and it was great to come back to a very comfortable and quiet little motel for the night. The bed was very comfortable and the facilities were very good. The motel was situated right at Caroline Bay and was super close to town and the main road in and out of Timaru but you wouldn't have known it as the sound was non existent. I would recommend this Motel to everyone.

Posted by , from Palmerston North on 13 Jan. 2017

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Property Features

As a guest of Townhouse Motel, you'll find a BBQ, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and laundry facilities. Public spaces have free WiFi. Free self parking is available. This 3.5-star Timaru motel is smoke free.

  • 10 guestrooms or units
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Free WiFi
  • Kitchenette
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free long-term parking , Free self parking


  • Airport: Timaru (TIU-Richard Pearse) (11.1 km / 6.9 mi)
  • Train station: Timaru Station (1.7 km / 1 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking and extended parking

Room Amenities

Townhouse Motel offers 10 forms of accommodation with a safe and a hairdryer. Accommodation at this 3.5-star motel has kitchenettes with fridges, hobs, microwaves and kitchenware and utensils. Bathrooms include a separate bath and shower with a jetted bath. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. LCD televisions are featured in guestrooms. Additionally, rooms include an iron/ironing board and portable fans.

  • In-room kitchenette
  • Jetted tub
  • LCD television
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Hob
  • Electric kettle
  • Kitchenware
  • Separate shower and tub
  • Cribs (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Heating
  • Portable fan
  • Ensuite bathroom

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy a cooked-to-order breakfast daily from 7 AM to 8:30 AM.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 9:30 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 20

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM.
If you are planning to arrive after 9:30 PM, please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 7:30 AM - 9:30 PM.
Guests arriving after 9:30 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by 10 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for NZD 20.0 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guest room reservation.


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between NZD 10.00 and NZD 15.00 for adults, and NZD 10.00 and NZD 15.00 for children (approximately)
  • Rollaway bed fee: NZD 20.0 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Townhouse Motel Timaru
  • Townhouse Timaru
  • Townhouse Motel
  • Townhouse Motel Motel
  • Townhouse Motel Timaru
  • Townhouse Motel Motel Timaru

You should know

  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.

National Rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our ratings system.

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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.