Sahara Motel, Guesthouse and modern deluxe Studio Units offer a broad range of central Dunedin accommodation to suit most budgets. Dedicated to providing genuine Kiwi hospitality, we have put together some helpful Frequently Asked Questions about our accommodation and Otago to assist you with planning your Dunedin visit. Please do not hesitate to Contact Us if you have any further questions.
What is the difference between your Sahara standard motel units and your newer deluxe studio units?
The original Sahara Motel complex offers 10 self contained units with full kitchens and larger layouts suited for groups or families. The 8 deluxe studio units were built in 2008 and do not have full kitchen facilities, and while they are smaller with only a Queen size bed in each unit plus fold-out sofa bed, they offer modern, warm and comfortable accommodation at affordable rates for couples or business visitors to the city.
Do you offer breakfast facilities?
Yes. All our accommodation options give guests the choice having a continental breakfast.
Do you accept children?
Yes we do! We have special rates for children aged 12 years and under in our Guesthouse, while our motel units have special rates for children aged 2 years and under. We also have an infant highchair and cot available for guest use at no additional charge.
Is the guesthouse and motel complex close to any Dunedin attractions and facilities?
Yes, our convenient location is within easy walking distance of Otago Museum, the main shopping centre, Botanic gardens, the University of Otago and Hospital, restaurants plus numerous other top attractions.
We have heard a lot about New Zealand bed and breakfast facilities and would like to experience this type of accommodation, is this something you offer?
Sahara Guesthouse is a member of New Zealand’s Federation of Breakfast Hotels and offers 4 rooms with private facilities and 6 rooms with shared facilities. Every morning you can enjoy buffet style continental breakfast and mingle during the evening with other guests in the TV lounge.
How can I check accommodation availability and rates?
You will need to contact our reservation team via our Contact Us page or by completing the online Request a Quotation form. We will contact you within 24 hours to advise of availability and rates.
Do you have non-smoking rooms available?
All units and the guesthouse are non-smoking; smoking is permitted outside only.
Do you have wheel-chair ‘friendly’ motel units?
Yes we do. Please advise if you require a unit with wheel chair access.
What is your booking payment policy?
Your credit card is required for booking confirmation and cancellation policy guarantee only.
What is your check-in and check-out times?
Guests can check-in from 3.00pm (or earlier by prior arrangement) and our check-out time is 10.00am.
Is it safe to use my credit card online?
Yes. We treat the security of our guest’s information very seriously. To ensure your security, all credit card transactions are secured by SSL, which encrypts the credit card number so as to make it unavailable to any other party.
What currency will my Credit Card be charged?
New Zealand banking laws require that all credit card transactions be charged in New Zealand currency.
I am coming to Dunedin on business and will need to access my email via my laptop, am I able to get Internet access in motel unit?
Yes. All our motel units have Wireless Internet.
How far away is Dunedin from other South Island locations?
Located on the east coast of New Zealand, Dunedin is located in a great place to base yourself for your South Island holiday. Below are some approximate drive times from Dunedin to other locations...
Oamaru - 90 minutes
Timaru - 2.5 hours
Invercargill - 2.5 hours
Ashburton - 3.15 hours
Queenstown - 3.15 hours
Christchurch - 4.20 hours
Greymouth - 6 hours
Blenheim - 7 hours
Nelson 9 hours