Aurora on George - the phoenix that rose from the ashes that was the former Cargills Hotel (and before that Cherry Court). This major refurbishment project was the brain child and the vision of Carl Angus and what a vision indeed. The property has been reshaped in its entirety - not a single part of the old Cargill's building was left untouched.  It has been gutted, and lovingly rebuilt. A shiny new gem with the beautiful garden as its colourful centre piece.

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What Aurora on George has now is simply the best of the best - 4 Star Plus facilities, contemporary chic that fuses seamlessly with the tranquility of nature. Facilities designed for the ultimate guest accommodation experience; we want you to feel well looked after and cared for while you are here.

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Facilities & Services

Car Parking

  • A 5min carpark at reception while you check in
  • Off street parking available - vehicles to be registered at check in
  • And yes - parking is free


  • We are Gigatown Dunedin with high speed fibre
  • 10 GB free data per unit, per day, for up to 4 devices
  • Extra data able to be purchased at very reasonable rates

Garden Centrepiece

  • We've kept the beautiful inner-city garden that has been part of the site for over 60 years
  • Most units look out over or open onto this picturesque garden
  • Tranquil areas to sit and relax

Lift Access

  • Lift access from the car park or garden to the second floor
  • Both functional and truly aesthetic - view the garden from the lift as you ascend or descend
  • No need to lug the suitcase up flights of stairs at Aurora on George

Fitness Centre

  • Off-site use of World Fitness is free for all our guests while staying at our motel
  • Located at: Forsyth Barr Stadium
  • 1.4km walk/run or 2km by car with free parking
  • Opening hours Mon - Thurs: 6am-9pm, Fri:  6am-8pm, Sat - Sun: 8am-6pm

Guest Laundry

  • Located on the ground floor
  • Coin-operated commercial grade washing machine and dryer available for our guests
  • Opening hours 9.00am - 9.00pm
  • A laundry service available upon request
  • Same day dry cleaning service available

In Room Guest Amenities

  • Designer furniture
  • Luxury linen
  • 5 star Ritual Aotearoa bathroom amenities (with indigenous active botanicals)
  • An extensive range of teas and coffees
  • Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hair dryer
  • Sky Guest select 50+ channels
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • Umbrellas


  • Oaken cafe located on-site
  • Choose from the fresh menu or from the cabinet
  • Open Weekdays: 7am-2:30pm, Sat - Sun: 8am-2:30pm
  • Charge back to the motel available on request


  • Buddha Stix located on-site
  • Upmarket Thai inspired dining
  • An extensive menu and drinks list
  • Open 5 - 9:30 pm