Overview of Anchor Motel

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3.8/5 Good

Guests rated this property 4.0/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Pet Friendly
  • Breakfast Available
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping

Explore the area

    Popular LocationCaroline Bay Beach7 min walk
    Popular LocationAigantighe Art Gallery10 min walk
    Popular LocationSouth Canterbury Museum17 min walk
    AirportTimaru (TIU-Richard Pearse)14 min drive

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  • Two Bedroom Apartment

    Room amenities

    • 68 sq m
    • City view
    • Sleeps 5
    • 1 Queen Bed and 3 Single Beds
    More detailsTwo Bedroom Apartment
  • Large One Bedroom Unit

    Room amenities

    • 85 sq m
    • Sleeps 6
    • 1 Queen Bed and 4 Single Beds
    More detailsLarge One Bedroom Unit
  • Single Studio

    Room amenities

    • 15 sq m
    • Sleeps 1
    • 1 Single Bed
    More detailsSingle Studio
  • King Studio

    Room amenities

    • 35 sq m
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 King Bed
    More detailsKing Studio
  • One Bedroom Unit - Sleeps 5

    Room amenities

    • 52 sq m
    • Sleeps 5
    • 1 Queen Bed and 3 Single Beds
    More detailsOne Bedroom Unit - Sleeps 5
  • Standard Studio

    Room amenities

    • 21 sq m
    • Sleeps 2
    • 1 Queen Bed
    More detailsStandard Studio
  • Standard Room, 1 Bedroom (Unit 9)

    Room amenities

    • 48 sq m
    • Sleeps 5
    • 1 Double Bed and 3 Single Beds
    More detailsStandard Room, 1 Bedroom (Unit 9)
  • Superior Two Bedroom Apartment

    Room amenities

    • 68 sq m
    • Partial ocean view
    • Sleeps 5
    • 1 Queen Bed and 3 Single Beds
    More detailsSuperior Two Bedroom Apartment
  • One Bedroom Unit - Sleeps 3

    Room amenities

    • 42 sq m
    • Sleeps 3
    • 1 King Bed and 1 Single Bed
    More detailsOne Bedroom Unit - Sleeps 3

About this area


Located in Timaru, Anchor Motel is near the beach. Travellers eager for a bit of culture can stop by South Canterbury Museum, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Caroline Bay Beach and Botanical Gardens. Spend some time exploring the area's activities, including golfing.
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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Caroline Bay Beach - 7 min walk
  • Aigantighe Art Gallery - 10 min walk
  • South Canterbury Museum - 17 min walk
  • Botanical Gardens - 5 min drive
  • DB Brewery - 6 min drive

Getting around

  • Timaru Station - 2 min drive
  • AirportChristchurch (CHC-Christchurch Intl.) - 119 min drive


  • Golden Palace - 6 min walk
  • Little India - 8 min walk
  • Mac's Fish - 9 min walk
  • Fusion - 9 min walk
  • Saikou Teppanyaki & Whisky Bar - 12 min walk

About this property

Anchor Motel

Hostel in Timaru with free parking
Laundry facilities, tour/ticket assistance and barbecues are available at this hostel. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. All 10 rooms provide conveniences such as fridges and microwaves, plus complimentary wireless Internet access and flat-screen TVs with satellite channels. Guests will also find electric kettles, hairdryers and showers.
Anchor Motel offers 10 forms of accommodation with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Fridges and microwaves are provided. Bathrooms include a shower.

This Timaru hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. 32-inch Flat-screen televisions come with satellite channels. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self parking

Food and drink

  • Continental breakfast available for a fee daily 7 AM–10 AM: NZD 13 for adults and NZD 13 for children

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Microwave
  • Fridge


  • No lifts

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German


  • BBQ grill(s)


  • Designated smoking areas

Room amenities


  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Heating
  • Linens


  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Towels


  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • Satellite channels

Food and drink

  • Electric kettle
  • Microwave
  • Fridge



Check-in from 2 PM - 9:00 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
If you are planning to arrive after 9:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets stay for free
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property on the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.

Payment types

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Fee for continental breakfast: NZD 13 for adults and NZD 13 for children (approximately)

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Guests must contact this property in advance to reserve cots/infant beds
This property accepts credit cards and cash

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation

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.

Property is also known as

Anchor Motel Timaru
Anchor Timaru
Anchor Motel Hostel Timaru
Anchor Motel Timaru
Anchor Timaru
Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Anchor Motel Timaru
Timaru Anchor Motel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Anchor Motel
Anchor Motel Timaru
Anchor Motel Hostel
Anchor Motel
Anchor Motel Timaru
Anchor Motel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Anchor Motel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Timaru

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at Anchor Motel and receive a full refund?
Yes, Anchor Motel offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to Anchor Motel cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
How much does it cost to stay at Anchor Motel ?
As of 29 Nov 2020, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Anchor Motel on 2 Dec 2020 start from NZ$94, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
Is Anchor Motel pet-friendly?
Yes, pets are allowed at this property.
How much is parking at Anchor Motel ?
Self-parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at Anchor Motel ?
Check-in is from 2 PM - 9:00 PM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.
What time is check-out at Anchor Motel ?
Checkout is at 10 AM.
Where is Anchor Motel located?
Situated near the beach, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Caroline Bay Beach and Aigantighe Art Gallery. South Canterbury Museum and Botanical Gardens are also within 3 miles (5 km). Timaru Station is 20 minutes by foot.
5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Poor
1 - Terrible




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

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Some of the decor is quite dated, while other parts of the room we stayed in had been refurbished or updated, such as the carpet, furniture, and parts of the bathroom. There was some building work going on while we were there (not early in the morning, thankfully!) so it might be a work in a progress. A comfortable enough place for a one-night stay.
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2020

5/5 Excellent

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Backpacker plus
Very nice room for one person. Friendly reception. Made a good suggestion about penguin viewing. Walking distance from nice Indian restaurant.
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2020

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with partner
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it was like a little village with little houses …. very suitable for our needs
Stayed 2 nights in Jan 2020

4/5 Good

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On the main road: convenient, but traffic is a little noisy. Upgraded to a one bedroom suite! Very friendly staff! Wall are thin, and neighbors are noisy...
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2020

4/5 Good

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Room was an ok size but the bathroom was very small. This was obviously reflected in the price. It had everything we needed though. Wifi didn’t work in the unit as was too far away from main office. Owner was very friendly and offered tips to the local area.
Stayed 1 night in Oct 2019