Local Attractions

Located on the magnificent Otago Peninsula, just 20 minutes from downtown Dunedin, New Zealand, McAuley Glen is an ideal base for visiting the many local attractions and wide range of activities on offer.

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Dining Out

1908 Café & Bar1908 Café & Bar
Licenced dining in the turn of the century previous Post Office building with beautiful harbour views in the centre of Portobello. A blackboard menu will guide your taste buds towards the best meal you have had for a long time. Scrumptious deserts will compliment the chef's refined cooking skills. Lunches and evening dining 7 days. Excellent fresh fish , seafood, steaks, chicken etc.
Visit the 1908 Café and Bar Website

Portobello Hotel & BistroPortobello Hotel & Bistro
Enjoy harbour views while dining inside or out. NZ Lamb, Beef and Fresh Fish Daily. Friendly atmosphere to gather for a quiet drink in the heart of the Peninsula. Why not call in at the end of an exciting day exploring the unique Otago Peninsula, you are assured of meeting more of the friendly locals.
Visit the Portobello Hotel & Bistro Website


Things to See and Do

Monarch Wildlife Cruises & ToursMonarch Wildlife Cruises & Tours
Be fascinated and exhilarated with the wealth of wildlife, dramatic views, so close, so natural – the only way to see it all – Otago Peninsula, Otago Harbour, Taiaroa Head with three time New Zealand Tourism Award winners Monarch Cruises.
Visit the Monarch Website

Penguin PlacePenguin Place - Yellow-eyed Penguin Reserve Tours
Welcome to Penguin Place, home of the Yellow-eyed Penguin Conservation Reserve, New Zealand's multi-Award Winner. This conservation project is entirely financed through guided tours. Reservations are essential.
Visit the Penguin Place Website

Larnach CastleLarnach Castle
With its exciting, sometimes scandalous and tragic history, magnificent carved ceilings, New Zealand antiques and breathtaking views, Larnach Castle offers you a vision of the past and present. Today, the Castle is the home of the Barker family, who have spent over forty years lovingly restoring the building and recreating the beauty of the 14 hectares of gardens and grounds.
Visit the Larnach Castle Website

Royal Albatross CentreRoyal Albatross Centre
The Royal Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head, on the tip of the Otago Peninsula, New Zealand, is the only mainland breeding colony for any albatross species found in the southern hemisphere. Visitors to the Royal Albatross Centre can view the interpretative wildlife displays, learn of the historical use of the area and experience the famous Unique Taiaroa guided tours.
Visit the Royal Albatross Centre Website

Natures WondersNatures Wonders
Truly spectacular scenery, the world's rarest penguins, the yellow-eyed (Hoiho - meaning 'noise shouter'), the little blue penguins, the New Zealand fur seals, sea lions, and a large variety of birdlife.
Visit the Natures Wonders Website

Sam's Peninsula Off Road ToursSam's Peninsula Off Road Tours
Still on the site that it has occupied since 1876, Speight's Brewery has become one of Dunedin and Otago's biggest icons.
Visit the Sam's Peninsula Off Road Tours Website

Elm Wildlife ToursElm Wildlife Tours
Elm Wildlife Tours presents absolutely unrivalled sustainable Nature and Wildlife experiences of Otago Peninsula and the southeastern Coast. They guide visitors to some of the most spectacular wildlife spots in the area including their restricted wildlife conservation sanctuary, where excellent close-up viewing of some of the World's rarest wildlife is available.
Visit the Elm Wildlife Tours Website

Glenfalloch GardensGlenfalloch Gardens
Glenfalloch Woodland Garden, Gaelic for ‘hidden valley’ is an historical garden, established from 1871 – tranquil, beautiful, much loved and classified as a Garden of National Significance by the NZ Gardens Trust. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity and the panoramic harbour views. Walk among the rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias, fuchsias and a profusion of other flower species which integrate with native ferns, exotic imports and indigenous New Zealand trees. Meet a 1000 year old Matai Tree and admire stunning autumn colours.
Visit the Glenfalloch Gardens Website

Fletcher HouseFletcher House
This typical Edwardian villa was built in 1909 by Sir James Fletcher, founder of Fletcher Construction Company Ltd. In December 1990 Fletcher Challenge decided to restore the Fletcher House and open it to the public, making it the first villa in New Zealand to be opened for all to enjoy. It has been fully restored to its former glory and furnished in the style of the period by the Otago Settlers Museum.
Visit the Fletcher House Website

Happy HensHappy Hens
The Happy Hens Studio is situated on the beautiful Otago Peninsula and the main route to the world famous Royal Albatross colony and Marine Aquarium. The studio is where all Happy Hens start life! Visitors can see the creative process in action, from the moulds to kiln, to the intricate hand painting of the Hens.
Visit the Happy Hens Website

Cadbury WorldCadbury World
Experience the mystique of a working chocolate factory, sample and purchase Cadbury products. Cadbury World is located in the centre of Dunedin city at the Cadbury Factory site. The Visitors Centre is a colourful and educational environment with chocolate themed displays where you can learn about the history of Cadbury and chocolate through the ages. Then take a fun filled and fascinating guided tour around the Cadbury Dunedin chocolate factory and sample Cadbury product along the way!
Visit the Cadbury World Website

Taieri Gorge RailwayTaieri Gorge Railway
The Taieri Gorge Limited train is Dunedin's prestige tourist train operating from the historic Railway Station. Departing daily (except Christmas day) it takes you on a journey through the rugged and spectacular Taieri River Gorge, across wrought iron viaducts and through tunnels carved by hand more than 100 years ago. With full commentary, photographic stops and on board refreshments the train offers year round, all-weather entertainment.
Visit the Taieri Gorge Railway Website

Speights Brewery TourSpeights Brewery Tour
Still on the site that it has occupied since 1876, Speight's Brewery has become one of Dunedin and Otago's biggest icons. The Speight's Heritage Centre is a first class informative tour through the working brewery and museum, tasting a selection of Speight's finest beers fresh from the brewery in the private Heritage Bar. The one and a half hour guided tour takes you back in time to the cobblestone streets of the past and the origin of the Speight's' brewery in 1876.
Visit the Speights Brewery Tour Website


McAuley Glen Boutique Bed & Breakfast, 13 McAuley Road, Portobello, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand
No Smoking IndoorsVisa and Masatercard Accepted
Ph: +64 3 4780 724 | Mobile: 021 237 1919 | Email: stay@mcauleyglen.co.nz