We have closed as an accommodation provider in May 2017. Thank you very much for visiting our site - this local website offers many accommodations available on the Otago Peninsula. 


Kaimata Retreat

297 Cape Saunders Road Papanui Inlet
RD2 Portobello
Dunedin 9077

T +64 3 456 3443
F +64 3 456 3444
M +64 27 456 4444

To contact us or request a gift voucher please complete the form.


A scenic 30 minute drive from Dunedin city, Kaimata Retreat is located along the waters of Papanui Inlet out towards Cape Saunders on the Otago Peninsula.

  • Take the high road with huge views of the Otago Harbour, South Pacific Ocean, Hooper’s Inlet and Papanui Inlet
  • Alternatively travel the harbour-side road past small bays and villages spread along the length of the Otago Harbour

Self drive:

  • 30 minutes from Dunedin city onto the Otago Peninsula. Allow 1 hour from Dunedin Airport
  • 20 minutes to the Royal Albatross Colony
  • 12 minutes to Portobello Village (closest amenities)
  • 4.5 hours to Christchurch
  • 3.5 hours Queenstown
  • 3.5 - 4 hours Te Anau (direct)
  • Allow 7 hours via Southern Scenic Route to Te Anau

For transfer enquiries by road or air please contact us. Airlines Operating from Dunedin Airport. Virgin Australia operates from Dunedin to Brisbane Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Please check out this information map : Otago Peninsula Map [PDF]


Driving Instructions

Directions to Kaimata Retreat from Portobello Village. Your last 8km are on a gravel road travelling around two tidal inlets. Take your time, stay left on the narrow road and enjoy the scenic drive - watch for birds who occupy the tidal meadows and saltmarsh.

  • turn right at Portobello Motors onto Allen’s Beach Road
  • follow road reaching Hooper’s Inlet intersection
  • turn left onto Allen’s Beach Road and continue driving until you reach Cape Saunders Road signpost (4km) turn left and travel road over to Papanui Inlet
  • turn right and continue along Cape Saunders Road (2km)
  • Arrive at Kaimata Retreat (297 Cape Saunders Road)

We highly recommend you check-in before 5.00pm nightfall during our winter months of May, June, July and August.
There is no street lighting for your last 8km. Please telephone 3 456 3443 if you are to be late arriving that would be appreciated.

Please check out this great information map : Otago Peninsula Map [PDF]


Drive Safe in New Zealand

If you are unfamiliar with our roads we highly recommend visiting DriveSafe providing information for a safe driving holiday in New Zealand.

New Zealand Driving Time and Distance Calculator

Current Highway Conditions

Your Hosts

Your hosts and owners, Rachel Duell and Kyle Davidson, reside in separate quarters to the retreat with their three school age children. Both from Otago families, they have good regional and local knowledge to share. Kyle is a surfer, and has an excellent understanding of New Zealand geography and current weather conditions. Outdoor adventures are always on the calendar and a good story here and there. Of Ngai te Rangi iwi (New Zealand Maori tribe), Rachel was born in Dunedin and South Island raised. Being able to enjoy the natural environment underlies their lifestyle and working towards self-sustained living is deliberated often.


 'Kei te whakamoemiti atu te manu meroiti nei ki ētahi o ana kaitautoko e whiu mai nei i ngā hua kāramuramu hei oranga mōna kia kaha ai tana korokī i runga i tōna pae'

This small bird is thanking some of its sponsors who have tossed some karamū berries as sustenance so that its call on its perch will be loud
[maori proverb]

  • Fantastic Chefs: Aidan, ChloePedroTTDanielle , Scottie , Marc , Marten , Chris, Victoria , Thelma & Lorna
  • Marvelous Wildlife guides: Brian , David
  • Fabulous Housekeeping: Brittany, Cheryl, Racheal, Maree, Marieke, Machen , Kate, Claire , Louise , Lisa
  • Courageous Gardeners: Yens, Peter , Neville 
  • Architect: Will Lewis
  • Photography: Graham Warman, Dagmara Strzelcyck