Cumberland Motel

821 Cumberland Street, Otago, Dunedin, 9016, New Zealand
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858 George or Motel on York

by GulliversMom

We are planning a NZ trip and have found 2 places to stay in Dunedin that both look good, 858 George Street Motel and Motel on York. We would appreciate any comments on the location, convenience, noise etc. that would help us decide between the 2.

Motel on York appears to be close to the Octagon -- is that good or bad? Which would have better access to restaurants and shopping?

Any help would be appreciated.

RE: 858 George or Motel on York

by vtveen

From Motel on York you will have easy access to restaurants and shopping, being located in the city centre.
Not absolutely sure, but I think you will not have (much) trouble with noise etc. Nightlife in Dunedin is not that abundant.

happy travels

RE: 858 George or Motel on York

by bbarb47

Hi I hope I'm not too late in response to this. I have stayed in Motel on York...was great. Close to the cbd and within easy walking distance and not noisy because it's just off the main road. The motel was clean and tidy and very comfortable. I havent stayed in the Gearge st one but it is a little further away from the main cbd...however will still be within walking distance. Hope this helps a little. cheers Barb

Travel Tips for Dunedin

Botanic Gardens

by dragontml

Dunedin's Botanic Gardens is New Zealand's oldest botanic garden, opened in 1869. It remains one of the country's finest with an extensive rose garden, Japanese garden, bird aviary and the famous rhododendron dell. This is alive with colour and vibrancy during Dunedin's Rhododendron Festival.


by balhannah

Port Chalmers is located on the north shore of Otago harbour and is the deep water port for Otago. A short, 15 minute drive from Dunedin, and we were here!

We found a nice lookout here, where my photo was taken from, it had great views of the port area, and of the beautiful Iona church.

Port Chalmer's is also famous because the last Antarctic expedition led by Captain R. F. Scott sailed from Port Chalmers on 28 November 1910. There is a memorial cairn, a tall column with a concrete anchor, with a plaque bearing the names of the five men who died. It also includes a paragraph from Scott's farewell message and a biblical passage asking, ‘What mean these stones?'.

The memorial lies off Purakanui road on a rocky outcrop above the port overlooking the wharf from which Scott left. Plenty of arts and crafts and a small museum.

To get here, follow route 88 from Dunedin

Taieri Gorge Railway

by 80-bettyboo

Operate a daily The Taieri Gorge from the Dunedin Railway Station through the Taieri River Gorge to Pukerangi (and to Middlemarch on summer Sundays) and only accessible by train.It takes 4 hour return. The scenery is just fantactic.
You will also have photographic stops and on board refreshments will make your journey unforgettable.
You can make the return journey to Pukerangi, or Middlemarch, or use the train as the one leg of your journey to or from Queenstown and Central Otago connecting `Track & Trail' coach..

Walk through Otago University.

by worldkiwi

Otago University claims to be the country's premier one, and I think it is the oldest. However I couldn't possibly rank it above my own (Auckland)!
Where it does win out, hands down, is in its buildings. The historic Registry building stands out as the main attraction to the photographer, but the campus as a whole is a thousand times nicer than my university's is! The quaintly named Water of Leith stream runs through the grounds.

Visit the Royal Albatross Centre

by bsfreeloader

The Otago Peninsula, which is a 35-kilometer finger of land running northeast from Dunedin, offers some outstanding wildlife viewing and is home to the world’s only “mainland” colony of breeding albatross. At the tip of the peninsula lies Taiaroa Head, home to the Royal Albatross Centre and Historic Fort Taiaroa. Royal Albatross breed here, arriving in September and departing in August before new breeding pairs arrive. The albatross breed every other year and generally mate for life. The year between breeding seasons is spent alone at sea, with the mated pairs flying around the world in opposite directions and traveling up to 200,000 kilometers. Seeing these amazing birds gliding on thermals over Taiaroa Head is quite special, but the albatross viewing experience out of Kaikoura is more intimate and a better value.


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