We stayed for 2 nights Feb. 27 -27, 2013 We were able to prepare our own breakfast in the kitchen provided to eat while enjoying the view of the bay. We appreciated the advice of the friendly proprietor who helped us to find some wonderful trails to walk with terrific views and beautiful beaches.
His advice for a fish restaurant to try when we continued our journey at Moeraki (Fleur's) was much appreciated.
The room was generously sized and self contained and clean, with kitchen, bathroom and a table for meals. The bed was very comfortable. The flowers planted around the property made it very welcoming.
The takeout fish and chip restaurant down the hill was excellent.
A short walk down the hill from this motel there are several restaurants and the ocean bay where you can watch the birds and tides.
It is a short drive to the point where you can watch the royal albatrosses fly back to the hilltop in the evening and the blue penguins come out of the ocean after the sun sets. (there are lights at the beach)
- 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.The Westpac Aquarium is only a few kilometers away and there are some lovely walking tracks. Bring your binoculars for wildlife watching! ... more less
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