Dunedin - Just 1km to Dunedin CBD and Octagon
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Bella Vista Motel Dunedin


Robyn and Garry welcome you to Bella Vista Motel Dunedin.

This property has been independently assessed by Qualmark as 4 star quality accommodation.

Dunedin City is the hub of the Otago region and the perfect base for your adventures. From the moment you arrive, you'll enjoy the convenience of being located in close proximity to the Dunedin CBD for business, shops, entertainment and other activities. At Bella Vista Motel Dunedin we cater for all your business or recreational needs.

Our Dunedin Motel is easy to find on Great King Street, just a 30 minutes drive from Dunedin Airport. We are centrally located within walking distance to City Centre, the University of Otago, Otago Museum, Dunedin Hospital, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Logan Park, McMiillan Hockey Centre and the Botanical Gardens and our Dunedin motel accommodation is just a short drive from Mercy Hospital.

We have ample safe parking, so you can leave your car and avoid parking issues, walk to work or explore on foot.

Our smoke-free motel accommodation in Dunedin includes a variety of studios and one-bedroom units. Our purpose-built access units have been designed with parking at the door for your convenience. You have a choice of king, queen or single beds with electric blankets for those cooler nights.

Unlimited free WiFi, plus smart TV's with 50+ channels of Sky TV is available with a spacious work desk in every room. Units vary from just tea and toast making facilities to those with cooking facilities. We offer continental breakfasts and evening meals charge back facilities, dine in or dine out.

Bella Vista Dunedin motel is a pet-friendly Dunedin accommodation option. 

You can be assured of a warm welcome at our Dunedin motel accommodation where we will assist you in every way possible.

Contact us for more information on availability, rates and rooms at Bella Vista Motel Dunedin.


Distances from Dunedin Motels

City Centre and The Octagon 1km
Airport 30km
Otago University 800m
Railway Station 1.5km

Photos: Captur8 Photography

  • At a glance
  • Check-in 2.00pm

    Check-out 10.00am

    Office hours 8.00am to 9.00pm

  • On-site parking Onsite parking free of charge. EV charger available for a small fee.

  • Breakfast service Continental breakfast available

  • Available on request Interconnecting rooms, cot, high chair, roll-away beds

  • Value adds Free unlimited WiFi, 50 channel Sky TV, guest laundry, Pet Friendly

  • Email

  • Address 704 Great King Street North, Dunedin

  • Phone +64 3 477 2232


Room Options

Room Options

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Compact Queen Studio

Upstairs and downstairs studios. Shower ensuite, tea/coffee and toast making facilities only. Smart TV, 50+ Sky channels and unlimited free WiFi included as standard. This room is not suitable for cooking meals.

  • 16 m2
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  • 2
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Superior Studio

Upstairs and downstairs studios with king or queen bed. Shower ensuite, table and chairs, microwave kitchenette, electric fry pan/hot plate. Smart TV, 50+ Sky channels and unlimited free WiFi included as standard. Superior Studios with twin beds, an additional roll-away bed or a downstairs studio offering easy-access facilities are available on request.

  • 20 m2
  • 1
  • 2
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1 Bedroom Unit

Ground floor and first floor units with a Queen bed in the main living area and two single beds in a separate bedroom. Ideal for families or those wanting additional space. Shower ensuite, full kitchen, table and chairs. Smart TV, 50+ Sky channels and unlimited free WiFi included as standard.

  • 37 m2
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Superior Spa Bath Studio

Spa bath and shower ensuite, microwave kitchenette, electric fry pan/hot plate, table and chairs. Ground floor. Smart TV, 50+ Sky channels and unlimited free WiFi included as standard. This room is available on request only.

  • 20 m2
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  • Free unlimited WiFi
  • Smart TV in every room featuring Sky TV 50+ channels
  • Continental breakfasts 
  • Gigabit speed internet connection
  • Bookings for local tourist attractions 
  • Modern guest laundry 
  • EFTPOS & all major credit cards accepted 
  • Portacots
  • Corporate and hospital rates 
  • Charge-back facilities
  • Filtered water  
  • Fax and photocopying
  • Type 2 EV chargers. Please pre-book.

Local Attractions

Local Attractions

For more local info – email or give us a ring

Dunedin was New Zealand's first city and has a distinct Scottish flavour. 'Dunedin' means Edinburgh in Old Gaelic. It is located on the south east coast of the South Island. The English and Scottish settlement of Dunedin thrived on the gold rush of 1861 and the city continued to prosper long after the goldfields became deserted.

Dunedin is widely regarded as the best preserved Victorian and Edwardian heritage city in the southern hemisphere. It also presents an energetic city life, home to some of New Zealand's top fashion designers and vibrant cafes and bars.

Dunedin Railway Station

A stunning piece of architecture that features in many visitors’ photographs, the interior boasts beautifully detailed tiling and stained glass windows. It's only 5-minute drive from our Dunedin motel.

Toitu Otago Settlers Museum

An interactive museum that will appeal to the entire family. Videos, exhibits and imagery and knowledgeable staff tell the special story of Dunedin.

Larnach Castle & Gardens

Step back in time and discover historic Larnach Castle, its tower, ballroom and beautiful gardens. Located 23 minutes drive from our Dunedin motel on the Otago Peninsula this castle has been lovingly restored to its former glory by current owners.

Baldwin Street

The world’s steepest street is a fun place to visit, challenge yourself with a walk to the top. Make sure you get your certificate and take a picture with the street sign to prove you’ve been there!

Dunedin Casino

Located in the Southern Cross Hotel, head along for fun, entertainment and a guaranteed good night out.

Dunedin Botanic Gardens

This highly awarded garden is New Zealand’s first botanic garden. Covering over 30.4 hectares, the garden boasts a variety of different plant and tree species, native trees and native birds in a well-thought-out layout.  A famous feature at the Botanic Garden is the Rhododendron Dell, which is celebrated every year in the third week of October with the Rhododendron Festival. This is 7 minutes walk from our Dunedin motel accommodation. 

Olveston Historic Home

A wonderful insight into colonial New Zealand living, this 35-room building features art, architecture, crafts and furniture dating back to the early 1900s. The local guides are very friendly and knowledgeable of this historic home.

The Royal Albatross Centre

A wonderful place to visit and tour at Taiaroa Head, this is the world’s only mainland breeding colony, the nesting, hatching, feeding is all a real treat to experience. Plus you’ll get a glimpse of other wildlife in the area. 

Dunedin Chinese Garden

This wonderful replica of a traditional Chinese Garden was built as a tribute to the Chinese people who first came to Otago during the 1860s gold rush. This is a wonderful garden that effectively encapsulates Chinese history and culture and has been brought to fruition with the help of Dunedin’s sister city Shanghai.

The Octagon

This local landmark is an 8-sided plaza of equal lengths in central Dunedin. With theatres, bus stops, cafes and restaurants all in its surrounds, it’s a place to come, explore and relax.

Otago Farmers Market

Every Saturday at Dunedin Railway Station’s north car park you’ll find the best locally grown fresh fruit, produce, artisan products and entertainment.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery

This gallery houses an impressive collection of art from local and international artists. The mixture of traditional styled art and contemporary pieces are blended well into space.

Forsyth Barr Stadium

New Zealand’s largest indoor events arena and official home to the Otago Highlanders, this venue plays host to international rugby, concerts, and other events.

Tunnel Beach Track

15 minutes drive from our Dunedin Motel is this short walk sees you walk through an excavated tunnel to a beautiful, secluded beach. It’s downhill on the way in and a slightly steeper walk back up.

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

A predator fence surrounds 307 hectares of coastal Otago forest, visitors have the opportunity to take part in a guided tour or explore the area themselves to see a selection of animal and plant species including New Zealand pigeon, Morepork, Butterflies, Tomtit, Tuatara, all clustered around the Orokonui Stream.

First Church of Otago

An impressive and slightly imposing looking historical church situated in a prominent spot, this gothic style 19th Century Church with amazing windows and a woodwork ceiling is well worth a visit.

St Paul’s Cathedral

The site of this church in the heart of the Octagon has been here since 1862. The church has a rich and interesting history and is a beautiful building to view or visit for a sermon. This is 6 minutes drive from our Dunedin motel.

Aramoana Beach

A white sandy beach that is split by the Mole (a breakwater that stretches out to the harbour). It's a great place to come and spot the Albatross in flight across at Taiaroa Head on the other side of the harbour.

Dunedin Railways

Boasting a collection of major scenic rail journeys, a visit to Dunedin wouldn't be complete without taking a day trip on one of these enjoyable train trips. Departing from Dunedin’s historic railway station, the Taieri Gorge Railway enables you to enjoy an iconic journey across to the Taieri Plains and Gorge, including bridges, tunnels and spectacular scenery.

University of Otago

Founded in 1868, the university is New Zealand's oldest seat of learning. Boasting some impressive buildings and prestigious heritage, it is worth taking a wander around the campus.

Hair Raiser Tours

A slightly different side to Dunedin, call them up and booking into one of the many options: Crime Walk, Ghost Walk Tour, Cemetery Tour, plus more.

Dunedin Street Art Trail

Download the map from the street art website and do a self-guided tour of some seriously good street art. Artworks have been produced by both local and international street artists and are out of this world.

New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame

Located in the Dunedin Railway Station is an amazing collection of inducted New Zealand sportsmen and women, their trophy’s, stories and contributions to sport are there to see and learn about.

St Kilda & St Clair Beach

These two popular Dunedin beaches have consistent surf breaks and are the place to head to sit in a cool café and people watch.  St Clair also offers a hot salt-water pool.

Ocean Beach Railway

Discover and take a ride on the vintage trains between St Kilda Beach and Moana Rua, this is a fun 15min trip operating on weekends.

Otago Peninsula

Located on the East Coast, this 20km harbour and peninsula is home to some amazing wildlife. Explore these areas yourself or join one of the interesting tours of the area. This peninsula is known for the Royal Albatross, Yellow-eyed Penguins, Blue Penguin, Sea Lions and Stewart Island Shag.

Dunedin Heritage Walks

There are some beautiful heritage buildings and architecture to be found around Dunedin, the dunedinnz.com website has a series of downloadable maps and self-walks offering tours such as Heritage Buildings, University Campus, Inner City etc.

Cadbury World

A chocolate lovers dream, you’ll learn about the history of Cadbury chocolate and then onto the Cadbury World Sensory Lab to discover and test the different elements of the chocolate making process.

Otago Central Rail Trail

The popular Otago Central Rail Trail is a 150-kilometre track for people to enjoy on foot, bike or even horseback. The trail runs between Middlemarch and Clyde, travelling along the route of the former Otago Central Railway. This trail is popular so if using accommodation, we recommend you book in advance.

Mountain Biking and Cycling

There are a number of exciting tracks, routes and bike tours for those interested in exploring the region on two wheels.

Dunedin Fishing

Dunedin is heaven for fishermen; try out Fly Fishing, Salmon fishing, sea fishing or trout fishing.

Golf Courses

You’re spoilt for choice if you are after a game of golf in this area: Belleknowes, Chisholm Park, Gladfield, Island Park,  Otago, St Clair, Taieri Lakes are all great courses.

Speights Brewery

The city centre brewery was established in 1876 and has formed an important role in the history of the city. Learn all about the history of Speights and get to taste this celebrated brew in one of the regular brewery tours

Botanical Gardens

Beyond New Zealand's first botanical garden are other numerous noteworthy gardens, from the formally laid out annual colour displays of the Dunedin Railway Station gardens to the delightful private gardens owned by local residents.

Glenfalloch Woodland Garden and Restaurant

This is a 30-acre harbourside garden featuring rhododendrons, fuchsias, azaleas and magnolias.


Bella Vista Dunedin will happily offer local advice on any of these activities and will gladly facilitate complimentary reservations should an activity require a booking

Gallery Our Story

Our Story

Introducing your hosts, Garry, Robyn & Mac.

Garry and his family moved to Dunedin in 1999, after 20 years’ service in the Navy, to bring his children up away from Auckland. I moved to Dunedin in 2010 after living in the UK for 31/2 years to be closer to my family who live in Gore and Oamaru.  We met on the bowling green at Macandrew Bay where we both lived.

Prior to buying Bella Vista Dunedin, Garry was a marquee rigger for Hirepool which he enjoyed but was rather taxing on the body and Robyn worked as a Clinical Nurse Manager in Aged Care and was looking for something that would be less stressful. While on holiday in Australia, we were staying at a motel and decided that this was something we could both do and together. We both love to interact with people and this would be a good way to work our way towards retirement.

Mac is the biggest personality among us and loves welcoming all our guests to the motel.

Dunedin, Otago - Your Destination

Dunedin is a beautiful city with a unique charm, set at the end of the Otago Harbour. The Maori explorers began arriving to the Dunedin surrounds from about 1100AD fishing the coastal waters and travelling inland in pursuit of the Moa, duck and freshwater fish. During the 1820’s the rough, tough and enterprising whalers came and intermarried with the local s. When the Scot’s arrived in 1848, seeking new lands on which to settle, they found the area rich in Maori history. When gold was found in Central Otago in the 1860’s, Dunedin grew rapidly with many businesses, schools and banking institutions being established and the port grew to cope with the influx of people and business coming to Dunedin. Also, during this time many Chinese goldminers came to Otago following the gold and later settled in Dunedin ensuring a rich cultural diversity.

 There is much to see while visiting Dunedin – beautiful beaches, heritage gardens, a great cuisine scene, fabulous fashion shops and awesome recreational opportunities

  • Beautiful buildings, in Victorian and Edwardian styles, that were built to house the rapidly growing business enterprises - many in stone; Dunedin Railway Station (the most photographed building in New Zealand); the University of Otago – New Zealand’s first university ; Olveston – a glimpse of Edwardian lifestyle; Larnach Castle – New Zealand’s only castle sitting high overlooking the Otago Harbour
  • Museum’s – Toitu Otago Settler’s Museum; The Otago Museum; The Hocken Library  and  Dunedin Public  Library with their collections of rare paintings, books and manuscripts; the Dunedin Public Art Gallery which houses  a Monet and several Francis Hodgkins paintings; Dunedin Chinese Garden which celebrates the city’s Chinese culture and heritage; New Zealands Sports Hall of Fame
  • Wildlife - The city is often referred to as the eco-capital of New Zealand due to it close proximity to wildlife such as the Royal Albatross (the only mainland breeding colony), the rare Yellow-eyed penguins and equally rare New Zealand Hooker sea lions.
  • Outdoor pursuits – Dunedin boasts several small walks – try one around the Dunedin Botanic Garden, the Leith walkway or go to Tunnel beach or just take a walk around the city following the Dunedin Street Art Trail; for the cyclist - there are many trails Signal Hill and Ross Creek to name a few; for the golfer – try Otago Golf Club (the oldest club in the Southern Hemisphere)
  • Other must see attractions – Dunedin Railways, Speights Brewery, Emerson’s Brewery.

Our Community Involvement

Garry and I are both very involved in playing bowls. This gives us both and outside interest and helps us meet our friends.

Bella Vista supports Sinclair Wetlands in the Tairei Plain – for every ‘No Service’ Bella Vista donates $1.00 towards the development of the area. Since we started this project we have donated more than $750.00 which equates to 750 trees

We also provide complimentary Tuatara Coffee which supports the Tuatara and we have a Hospice Snack Box in the office for guests to buy snacks to support the Otago Community Hospice.

Our Sustainability Practices

  • We offer a towel change agreement which ensures you are helping the environment by reducing energy and water use.
  • We request you switch off all heaters, lights, appliances, electric blankets before you leave your room.
  • We use low energy lights bulbs in at least 90% of our premises.
  • We aim to use dispensers for high quality toiletries, enabling us to buy these in bulk.
  • We endeavour to source our bulk products from suppliers who supply reusable containers.
  • We donate bedspreads, towels, etc, to a local charity.
  • We offer you the option of you washing your clothes on a cold water cycle in our guest laundry, and hang them to dry on our outside line.
  • For each ‘No Service’ we have committed to donating $1.00 to an environmental charity – Sinclair Wetlands Trust near Waihola.
  • We are avidly recycle, from guest rubbish our own household waste and we operate a composting bin for green scraps.
  • We have installed double glazing to keep the rooms warmer and the cold out


Bella Vista Dunedin Motel is within walking distance to City Centre, the University of Otago, Otago Museum, Dunedin Hospital, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Logan Park, McMiillan Hockey Centre and the Botanical Gardens and we are just a short drive from Mercy Hospital.

704 Great King Street North, Dunedin

+64 3 477 2232

[email protected]

Travel distances in kilometres to Dunedin

  • From:
  • Ashburton 273 kms
  • Blenheim 664 kms
  • Christchurch 361 kms
  • Fox Glacier 531 kms
  • Franz Josef Glacier 554 kms
  • Greymouth 544 kms
  • Hanmer Springs 488 kms
  • Hokitika 549 kms
  • Invercargill 206 kms
  • Kaikoura 535 kms
  • Mosgiel 15 kms
  • Nelson 769 kms
  • Oamaru 113 kms
  • Queenstown 285 kms
  • Te Anau 291 kms
  • Wanaka 276 kms
  • Westport 644 kms


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