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Things to do in Portobello

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Scenic Viewpoint
“The castle more renowned as a historic sight sports great views from the rooftop, beautiful gardens overlooking the harbour and the Ballroom cafe. Their high tea at 2.30pm or 3pm has to be booked 24 hours in advance and is a special treat indeed ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Store
“Open Monday to Sunday. It provides a typical kiwi hotel experience. It is a casual dinning experience with mainly bistro type meals in a restaurant with views stretching over the harbour to Port Chalmers. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“the entire peninsula is fantastic, you can also visit the bird sanctuary at the end of the peninsula. there is a good penguin show at night in the summer.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great place to stop for lunch or dinner if you are looking around the peninsula.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“It is a great place to start out your activities for the day. It serves also as a visitor information centre for the Peninsula.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Natures Wonders is located right on the forefront of this headland, and is a self-funded conservation effort to ensure that this land is preserved for all future generations to enjoy, by protecting the penguins, fur seals and other wildlife. Go on a tour to see our wonderful wildlife in its natural habitat.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
  • 3 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“Local dairy, cafes, fish and chip takeaway, great play park, happy hens a local craft shop, ice cream parlour, green stone carving workshop.... Great for a mooch around and finding a wee treat. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Route
“Follow the road to the end and park. Climb over the fence at the crossing place in the corner and follow the track, a short easy walk that opens to the sea and stunning beach and wildlife. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Establishment
“An early contract for one of NZ's biggest companies, this wooden villa gas been faithfully restored - a great time capsule of ordinary life.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Awesome wildlife boat trip. Get out on the Otago Harbour and see little blue penguins, seabirds, fur seals and albatross​ as they soar above you. Fabulous trip. Best on windy days if you have good sea legs. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Scenic Viewpoint
  • 1 local recommends
Store
  • 1 local recommends
Premise
“Not far from Zambezi House. It is the only Castle in the Southern Hemisphere and is worth a visit ”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Campground
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Store
“Open Monday to Sunday. It provides a typical kiwi hotel experience. It is a casual dinning experience with mainly bistro type meals in a restaurant with views stretching over the harbour to Port Chalmers. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great place to stop for lunch or dinner if you are looking around the peninsula.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Café
“It is a great place to start out your activities for the day. It serves also as a visitor information centre for the Peninsula.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends

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