Mt Dobson Motel in Kimbell provides affordable, family friendly accommodation.

A unique experience awaits you at the tranquil village of Kimbell, 390 metres above sea level; a quiet oasis only two hours drive from Christchurch en-route to Lake Tekapo (25 minutes away), Wanaka and Queenstown.

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Mt Dobson Motel is on State Highway 8 in the beautiful Mackenzie/Mt Cook region only five minutes drive inland from the township of Fairlie; a perfect location to rest-a-while amongst spectacular scenery at any time of the year. We are only a few minutes walk away from the Kimbell Garage Gallery and the Opihi River. The Kimbell Garage Gallery has an impressive array of landscape paintings plus an arts and crafts gift shop.

Many outdoor activities are at our doorstep – skiing/snowboarding, ice skating, biking, boating, fishing, hunting, golf, water skiing, swimming, hiking and mountain climbing. Our motel is ideally located for staying before or after cycling the ‘Alps to Ocean’ bike ride. Exploring Mt Cook and the Tasman Glacier plus the numerous lakes within the Mackenzie Basin is an easy day trip.


Next door to our motel is the historic Silverstream Hotel and Restaurant which has excellent pub meals, takeaways, a pool table and gorgeous garden bar. Live music is performed there on numerous weekends throughout the year. They can get quite busy on any night so booking for dinner is recommended.

We are only a 5 minute drive away from the township of Fairlie which has a range of shops, hotels and restaurants including a supermarket and the famous Fairlie Bake House.