About Us

Dunedin Spring2018

Centrally located 4-star motel that delivers on service, style and comfort

Dunedin is a city where nothing is too far away and 538 Great King Motel is ideally placed in the heart of it all, on the one way system heading north from the CBD. We are the closest motel to the University of Otago and just a stone’s throw away from Otago Polytechnic. Guests can walk three blocks to the city centre for some inner-city dining, shopping or business meetings, visit family members in hospital, or wander in the other direction to explore the beautiful Botanic Gardens. If you are here for a concert or sporting event at Forsyth Barr Stadium, you can join the throngs of fans walking from the venue to the city to continue the evening’s celebrations.

Whatever the reason for your visit, we want to make your time with us easy, comfortable and stress-free. 

Contact us directly to find out more about how we can help you make the most of your time in Dunedin. 

Committed to providing a fresh, modern and comfortable space from the start

538 Great King Motel started its life with a major refurbishment. The former Cargill's Hotel closed its doors in July 2015, and from the distinct physical structure that was the Great King Street entrance to the old hotel came a very clear vision and personality of what is now the modern and sleek 538 Great King Motel. From its large and welcoming reception area, to the well-appointed rooms in the accommodation block and even the onsite café that was created to complement the motel. All units were completely gutted, not a single part of the old Cargill’s building remains as it was – every part of this property morphed, reshaped and revitalised. What we have created is somewhere fresh and modern, that is warm and quiet with enviable bathroom facilities and rooms you can relax in and get a good night’s sleep. It’s simply the best 4 Star motel in Dunedin!


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Experience the convenience of our onsite

dining options at Buddha Stix

Buddha Stix is a sumptuous Thai restaurant, and part of the wider complex. Walk from the carpark through to the restaurant’s George Street frontage where you can enjoy great food and great atmosphere at Buddha Stix.

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Oaken Café for breakfast, lunch or coffee

Fancy a coffee, or a cooked breakfast, a sneaky treat or lunchtime meal? Across the carpark you will find a fantastic cafe on Great King Street - Oaken. Let Linda, Sam and their team treat you with fabulous fare, fine coffee and in Linda's own words; "Bowls of deliciousness!". You can even charge back to your motel unit and pay when you check out.


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Peter and Morag Firns, your hosts at 538 Great King Motel Dunedin

We are Pete and Morag Firns, your hosts at 538 Great King Motel Dunedin. We look forward to welcoming you as our guests and to help you make the most of your stay in this wonderful city. 

Apart from a couple of stints overseas, Dunedin has always been home to Morag, and Pete's fondness for Dunedin never waned. So we returned late in 2016 to take up this opportunity at 538 Great King Motel. 

We are now very proud to offer quality accommodation in this modern and comfortable motel in the heart of the Dunedin accommodation strip. Just 200 metres from the main entrance to the University of Otago and a short walk from the city centre, 538 Great King is an oasis of peace and tranquility.
Our aim is to deliver a superior accommodation experience that you will wish to repeat! We are here to help make your stay in Dunedin enjoyable and comfortable. We want to complement everything else Dunedin has to offer to make your stay here memorable for all the right reasons!

Pete and Morag Firns with Ruby

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