Very nice and clean motel, well taken care of, with a kitchen, stove and fridge. We bought fresh eggs provided by their generous hens that very day (50 cents each). There is a charge for the internet usage; be sure to deselect all the system upgrades and hibernate your computer as soon as you are done working to stretch those $20, otherwise you’ll run out of your megabytes fast. Portobello is picturesque (on a sunny day), but there’s not much there to see n Portobello itself. If you travel by car, places worth of exploring like The Royal Albatross Centre and The Penguin Place are very close. Otherwise, there is no direct transportation to these attractions. Some tours, like Monarch cruises, do pick up from Portobello, but then you lose out on all the information they provide on the way from Dunedin, which in our case was very interesting.
There is a city bus route number 17/18 to and from Dunedin, which takes about 35 minutes and costs $4.60 per person each way. Taxi fare is about $60.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Motel is set back off the main road through the little village of Portobello. The setting is peaceful and quiet. Our 4 studio rooms have lovely views over Portobello Harbour.Our 2 one-bedroomed and 2-two bedroomed cottages, whilst not having harbour views, are both spacious and comfortable.All the units come fully equipped for self catering although the delightful 1908 Restaurant is situated just across the road from the end of our drive. The Hotel next door has a Bistro bar, providing good food and beer and the Penguin Cafe offers hot and cold snacks and picnics. The local shop is well stocked too.The Portobello Motel is only 20 minutes from Taiaroa Head where the Royal Albatross , sea lions,seals, penguins and many sea birds are to be found.There are some lovely walks in the area too. Bring your binoculars for wildlife watching! ... more less
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