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About Us

Aurora on George - the phoenix that rose from the ashes that was the former Cargills Hotel in 2016 (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 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. Affordable luxury. Facilities designed for the ultimate guest accommodation experience; we want you to feel well looked after and cared for while you are here.


 Your Hosts

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Your hosts at Aurora on George are Chris and Adrienne Roy. We have been in the motel industry in Dunedin since 2007, Aurora on George being our 4th motel venture.  Prior to motels, both of us came from education backgrounds. Chris, previously a lawyer and then a secondary school history teacher, is a Dunedin boy. He thoroughly enjoys the challenge of people-oriented industries and being his own boss. As a sneaky aside, he is sport-mad and loves a good game of poker.

Adrienne (nee Rangi) left Hawera, Taranaki, to attend Otago University’s School of Physical Education in the early 1980s. She has been a primary school teacher, a secondary school Health and Physical Education teacher as well as a  teacher education lecturer at Otago University. She now teaches Bikram  and Yin Yoga plus Inferno Hot Pilates at Hot Yoga Dunedin on St Andrew Street, as well as providing in-house private sessions for motel guests.

Our whanau - we have 3 sons, all based in Dunedin.

Youngest son Jaren and his partner Kayla live across the road - literally. They are invaluable as extra hands to see that we do a good job, giving us a break occasionally  Our other two sons, work in the city in the IT industry. We also have 4 little people – our mokopuna. Its wonderful to have them all close.

Finally, our fur baby – our cat Cinder (sadly we lost her brother, our lovely Blitz at the beginning of lockdown in 2020). Cinder was an apartment cat until lockdown when she decided to explore the quiet outside world. She is high strung, noisy and yet adorable when she gets to know a human. She is slowly taking over from Blitz as the motel cat but still prefers the quiet of the managers' apartment.