We had two nights at Portage while walking the QCT. Our room had a magnificent view over the Sounds and sitting out on the balcony in the evenings sharing a bottle of fine Marlborough wine ( or two) was a delight. The room wasn't luxurious by any means but it was clean and comfortable with all the facilities one would expect to find. Staff were welcoming and helpful and the hotel provided us with a shuttle service back up to the trail head on departure which was most welcome as it's a long slog up an uninspiring bitumen road otherwise. It's a pity this wasn't actually advertised as a service. Had we not thought to ask we would have had to walk.
There is a small shop but since the hotel is in receivership the shelves are almost empty. We wanted to pick up something to eat for lunch for the walk out but there was virtually nothing for sale. We ate our first meal in the restaurant and slough quite expensive, the food was of very high quality. The second night we ate on the terrace from the bar menu which was slightly less pricey and the fish and chips were wonderful. The continentsl brakfast buffet was very good with lots of options and at $15 a head quite reasonable especially considering we made ourselves a sandwich for luch as well since we were unable to buy food at the shop. On our 'rest day' we went out sea kayaking on the Sounds which was a magical experience. The guide was great, we picked mussels from the mussel farms and had lunch on a secluded beach. Equipment was a bit old and shabby but safe - but the Sea Kayaking is run by another company so no reflection on the hotel.
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