Albatross Motel

Your Host at Albatross Motel

Your hosts Gary & Jo emigrated from Scotland 14 years ago after Gary receiving a job offer from a similar company in Auckland.

His hobbies during the brief spare time include chasing the ever-elusive big fish, home improvements and always has a building project not far away. His real passion is entertaining and is happiest seeing people enjoy not only the things he builds but also the great food he makes.

Jo trained as a nurse before having the families three kids who are now all grown up and flown the nest. After arriving in NZ Jo briefly went back to nursing before starting her own cleaning business. Over the last ten years she had built a small but dependable business with very high standards.

Jo is at her happiest letting her bubbly personality burst through the surface and dealing with people in a social or professional capacity. Her real passion shines out through interior design and dressing of a new room with different materials and is constantly searching for the perfect ‘room to die for’ look.The decision on how we ended up owning a motel is still something we are trying to work out but basically, we wanted to spend more time together. You could say it was a midlife crisis and we should have bought a Porsche instead.

The kids are all grown up and although two of them are scattered between Auckland and Dunedin our daughter Lisa is here working in the motel. Of the four little mokopuna they have between them we are lucky enough to have two of them helping us out daily (as the real bosses) and you may see them wandering around helping nana and poppa keep things in order and ticking over.

We welcome you to the Albatross Motel where our moto is ‘Hospitality meets the bay’ and hope you enjoy every moment you spend with us. If there is anything you need during your stay to make it more comfortable or enjoyable please come and ask.