Kaimata Retreat Lodge is a self-contained, self-catering holiday home. There are no food services available on site. 

We are located on the South Island’s east coast, a vast pristine region offering some of the best of New Zealand’s delicious natural foods. The Otago Peninsula offers a number of food choices and the City of Dunedin, only a 30 min drive, celebrates many nationally awarded local restaurants, a vibrant cafe scene and a diverse artisan food community.   

Out and About

Cape Saunders on the Otago Peninsula is named Kaimata by Māori people, perhaps in reference to the Capes headland (mata) or the uncooked (mata) bountiful foods (kai) harvested from the South Pacific coastline. Seek out the variety of fine foods and delicious produce this beautiful region offers.

The Otago Peninsula

Portobello Village, a 10 min drive from Kaimata Retreat, offers the closest amenities. Available options for lunch and evening dining include:

1908 Cafe
Portobello Hotel & Bistro and icecream parlour
Penguin Cafe 
Portobello Deli for groceries 
Ric's Galley Takeaways (Fish 'n Chip's beside the Portobello deli) 

A must visit on the Otago Peninsula is the Royal Albatross Centre. The Albatross Cafe offers all day dining options

Visit Larnach Castle and the all day Ballroom Cafe or book High tea in the Ballroom or Dinner in the Castle 

Driving closer to Dunedin City, The Bay Cafe located Macandrew Bay offers in-house dining and takeaway options. Visit the Glenfalloch woodland gardens and the Glenfalloch Restuarant which offers bistro style luncheons.

Dunedin City

A 30 min drive from Kaimata Retreat, the choice is yours in the city:

Check out     » InsidersDunedin The Culinary Insider overview 
                  » DunedinNZ Food & Dining Guide

Visit the Otago Farmers Market every Saturday at the iconic Dunedin Railway Station and prepare a wonderful meal back at Kaimata Retreat. 

A selection of Maori potatos from the Otago Farmers Market
A selection of Maori potatos from the Otago Farmers Market


At Kaimata Retreat

Kaimata Retreat offers a fully equipped kitchen for your cooking needs. The pantry offers a small selection of dried foods flour/rice, dried herbs and spices, cooking oil/sauces and tea/coffee choice.

The retreat’s burgeoning kitchen garden provides fresh herbs, salad ingredients and ripe miniature vegetables. 


Kaimata Retreat kitchen garden. Photo A.Dickson
Kaimata Retreat kitchen garden 


New Zealand Clams (cockles) from the estuary
New Zealand Clams (cockles) from the estuary