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“Jolly Alex with Plentiful Breakfast”

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Harbour Lights Homestay Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #32 of 63 Dunedin B&B and Inns
Reviewed May 6, 2013

Just off the winding harbour road. We stayed two nights here to visit Dunedin on one side and the Royal Albatross Centre on the other side. Room with bay view (12m2) and shower room (4 m2), being just large enough, and a little balcony as well. There was an optional shared bathroom in the corridor with a large blue bubble bath, but we did not use it. The very old TV in our room had a rabbit ears antenna, but if you want more than the one local channel, you can use the large TV in the kitchen-breakfast and sitting room. The harbour is so quiet that you can hear at 05:00 hrs the slow freight train all the way from across the water rumbling past, about 2 km away. Downstairs a plentiful breakfast served by jolly Alex who entertained us with numerous funny jokes with every conversation topic. We were the only guests, but were served enough breakfast for six persons. You definitely don’t walk away hungry! Nearby restaurants are non-existence. The only one in Macandrew Bay was closed, but on the street corner there is a grocery store providing a few take-away dishes open till 19:00 hrs. Libby also filled our thermos bottle for the long journey to our next destination.
They promised to put a flyscreen on the bathroom ventilator.

Room Tip: rooms with ensuite and rooms with shared bathroom
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

Hosts Alex and Libby made us very welcome. Staying with them was like staying with relatives that you really, really like, only better, because we didn't have to clean up. Alex kept us company at supper (a half-hour with him was worth four guidebooks and a lot more entertaining), and the next morning we were treated to a wonderful breakfast complete with fresh fruit and really good coffee. Libby did all of these extra, kind, things to help us, from parking a balky rental car, to washing off the mudstained rear windshield (thank you, Libby), to showing me where to get a really nice sunset view of Dunedin and the harbor, to looking up tide times to be sure that we go to Cathedral Caves in time. They also provided clear and helpful directions to the Southern Scenic Highway. Oh, and the bathroom was huge and awesomely furnished. Thank you both, and we'll be back!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Thank MarinaUsa
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Reviewed February 17, 2012

Arrived in the afternoon and met by Alex the owner. What a great character
The Alex's of the world make b&bs the best form of staying away from home
A great view at no extra charge!!!!
He organised dinner at the local restaurant and told me a few new Scottish jokes.
A way out of Dunedin but that s a good thing.
We don't like staying in the heart of towns anyway.
Rooms emmaculate.
Well done guys

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Reviewed January 12, 2012

We had two nights in Dunedin and found Harbour Lights by chance getting booked through an iSite. We had no idea what to expect when we arrived... Alex and Libby were over the top great. They have a great location right in the middle between the Albatross colony and the city, beautiful views and the two of them are awesome! They had so many stories and were a ton of help with local knowledge and helping us figure out how to make the most of our time. Loved them and would recommend it to anyone looking for a place that feels like home.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Troy H
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Reviewed September 30, 2011

Alex and Libby are great hosts, and their house is really comfortable. The breakfast is awesome, and they are always in a good mood for helping out or giving recommendation. You can spend hours looking at the sea from one of their windows, so if you want a simple but nice B&B, this is definitely a great option!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Sebabustos
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Reviewed May 1, 2011

A great place to stay opposite the water at Macandrew Bay. Alex and Libby are so friendly - nothing is too much trouble. Near to all the sights - albatross, penguins, Dunedin, seals. Great breakfasts and lovely welcome.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 23, 2010

we loved this b and b- beautiful view of macandrew bay== loved otago peninsula- so beautiful- penquins,seals, albatross- Alex and Libby are wonderful to stay with- great breakfast and a lot of fun- highly recommend- barbi and holly

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Address: 1 Wharfdale Street | Macandrew Bay, Dunedin 9014, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Otago Region > Dunedin
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Ranked #32 of 63 B&Bs / Inns in Dunedin
Number of rooms: 22

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