Aaron Lodge is not in the city centre of Dunedin, it is located in a quiet area in the Suburbs. Staying here, this did not matter to us, the route to and from the city centre was easy and we found a good Hotel nearby that served massive meals for very reasonable prices......Too big for me!
The park was busy, by night time, it was full, so we were glad that we had booked. Nice and clean & tidy, it had all the usual facilities in good condition.
For campers, there was a good kitchen with stove, ovens, microwave, communal fridge AND FREE Coffee, Tea, Sugar & Whiteners.
If you are staying in the small cabins then your own amenities block with kitchen, toilets and showers is up on the hill there with your cabin.
If you strike nice weather, there are two BBQ areas to choose from.
As it was sleeting while we were here, we didn't make use of the BBQ or the Pool!
The laundry had a TV, that was a 1st, and plenty of washers and dryers (the dryer was definately needed by me!)
A pay phone was located just outside the laundry and directly across from reception.
We found the park was good, it was a Top 10 park, and we found these to be very good where ever we went in New Zealand.
This lodging is set on a private farm amongst Dunedin's wlidlife area - it is at the Otago Peninsula. It is a farmstay experience with beautiful views over the countryside. It is very close to the ROyal Albatros and seal colonies at Taiaroa Head.
Sorry I do not know the exact price.
near the penguins, seals and albatros.
The days and nights at this accommodation were just a dream, and I will be back for sure. The farm is located not exactly in the middle of nowhere but far from it all, a five minutes walk from a 1.5 km long white sandy beach (Allans Beach), with a view of Hoopers Inlet and the hills of Otago Peninsula.
You have the choice of two fully self-contained units, The Cottage and The Shed. We stayed at the Cottage which has a lounge/kitchen area, two bedrooms (one double, one twin), a bathroom, a separate toilet, a laundry and a nice deck with hill and inlet views. The views through the windows and from the deck were as picture perfect as the nostalgic-looking Cottage itself. The Shed which sits right next to it has a similar layout. The third building on site is the owners Christine and Sam Neill’s modern house. Sam and Christine BTW are incredibly friendly people.
The rest is nature, listening to the sounds of the sea, the wind and the birds. And still it is only a 30 minutes drive to Dunedin, 5 minutes to the General Store, café and restaurants of Portobello and about 15 minutes to the Albatross Colony at Taiaroa Head.
You could accommodate up to 6 people at The Cottage (which was built in the 1920’s) as there are two extendable sofas in the lounge. (The Same at The Shed.) But then it really gets crowded, and I would not know where to store all the luggage 6 people bring in. Well, perhaps in the laundry. But what if you want to use it? Anyway, in the twin bedroom is a big wardrobe for storage, the double room has just enough space for the bed and some very small bags, no suitcase or big backpack.
If you go out for dinner you should stay sober, as first you would have to get over the hill from Portobello and then drive on a narrow and winding road with many blind corners right along Hoopers Inlet. Especially in the dark extreme caution is advised.
The kitchen is well appointed, including enough pans and pots, tools, cooking spoons, lots of cups, glasses and plates, toaster, kettle, microwave, hob with oven, as well as coffee, tea and sugar.
I would not call the interior exactly modern but everything is in very good condition, including the bathroom which is a little old fashioned, with the shower over the bathtub and separate hot and cold water taps at the handwash basin. You might know that this is my most hated feature of any house in NZ but here the problem was easy to solve: I took the liquid soap bottle to the kitchen and washed my hands at the sink which has a modern mixer tap ;-)
A bonus are Sam’s evening off road tours (S.P.O.R.T.) on his farm. He takes you up to Cape Saunders and really criss-cross in his Landrover. When you stop for short walks you can expect great wildlife viewing, as Yellow-Eyed and Little Blue Penguins, NZ Fur Seals and Sea Lions. He does not offer tours at any time of the day as other operators do as normally it only makes sense to promise penguin viewing at dusk when the animals come to shore after a day of feeding at sea. It is not making a buck at any cost. A tour (minimum 2 people) costs NZ$ 50 per person. (I will post an extra tip and photos about this.)
Accommodation costs NZ$ 135 per night for two people. $ 25 per extra adult, $ 15 per child.
Photo 2 shows the view from the kitchen window.
Photo 3 and 4 show the two bedrooms.
On photo 5 you see the bathroom.
This is an exquisite stately home built in 1908 and its wonderful to stay in this B and B . The four of us stayed here this weekend and it was truly magnificent with harbourside views by day and harbour light views after dark.
Beautiful marble and polished timber bathroom with bath on wee legs, just delightful..we can't wait to go back to stay longer!!
Exceptional hospitality and Stephen and Fienie offer several "rooms with a view". .
Breakfast is included and is ready when you feel like it.
Living Space Dunedin has a number of different rooms and I believe they cater mainly to permanent residents and longterm stays, however they offer a small number of hotel rooms.
We stayed in a hotel room which when we first entered we thought it was very small - although we quickly got used to it. If you're planning to be out sightseeing most of the day this room is fine.
Tea/Coffee Making facilities + toilet/shower in the room. (Although the glass is slightly see through :S ) There is a decent size TV in the room which gets a few sky channels.
There is a theatre, laundry & Internet cafe on site and there are kitchens on 2/3 of the floors - although there are no plates, cutlery or anything that we saw so plan on bringing your own or eat out like we did.
The other downside is that your room is not serviced - after 6 days we had quiet a lot of rubbish and no idea where to get rid of it and we had to ask for towels & toilet paper- not such a big issue but it is a downside.
The location of living space is great! Only a few minutes walk to the main street, the Octagon, the Cadbury factory and only a short stroll to the University (10mins?). There is a supermarket on the next street over so it is only a short walk.
All in all I really enjoyed my stay at Living Space Dunedin and next time I am down there I am likely to stay again - they also have rooms in Christchurch & Invercargill.
The only things that would make it better is to have a little bit more room and for them to service the rooms.
We paid $89NZD for our first night and $79 for the nights we stayed after that. Usually we would go to a backpackers (Double Room) but this wasn't that much more expensive so we decided to splurge.
Dunedin Holiday Park is more than a campground. It is a site for caravans, campervans as well as tents. It also has tourist flats and studio appartments with various levels of service. It is part of the Kiwi chain which my mother and I used on or NZ road trip. If you pre purchase a Kiwi Card you are entitled to 10% discount on your accommodation (up to $30) and some attractions.
We chose self contained tourist flats/cabins with our own bathroom and kitchen facilities (in deference to my mother's age) but there are more basic units available with shared kitchen/bathroom facilities.
Clean flat with comfortable beds and plenty of hot water. There was no shower tray so all the bathroom floor got wet. The heater was good but you had to press the button evey hour.
The park is on the beach but due to inclement weather I didn't visit it. Many restaurants can be found in Prince Albert Road which turns off Victoria Road close to the park
A central, clean, BBH affiliated hostel. The communal area and kitchen are too small.
The reception is in the internet cafe just up the road. There is a nice cat named Gizmo.
Dorm bed 20NZD with and 23NZD without BBH card.
If your backpacking the cheapest way by far in Dunedin is to stay with students, be careful who you chose though as some party harder than most and could prove to be more of a hinderance to your stay than a welcome addition! I paid $50 a week for a room with a bed in a pretty nice place in the city centre and the stay time is up to you but best to make your intentions clear from the start. A list of places with vacancies can be picked up from the student housing place (by anyone who needs a place not just students) this is located right by the uni, just ask a friendly student to point you in the right direction.
Inside knowledge into Dunedin, access to all the parties, joint cooking, cheap!
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