Portobello School is a twenty-five minute drive from Dunedin City. It is a semi-rural primary school catering for five to thirteen year-olds, situated on the stunning Otago Peninsula in the South Island of New Zealand. The school is a rich part of the cultural, environmental and community landscape that makes the Otago Peninsula a uniquely special place. 

The cultural diversity and environment creates the community where the children of Portobello thrive and learn. The school has a strong relationship with its Maori community, and Te Runanga o Otakou is part of the school's whakapapa (genealogy).


Portobello School was established in 1857. It has a very proud history.
Our vision is to ...

  • provide a positive learning environment which promotes excellence, creativity, initiative, self-motivation and critical thinking
  • provide a well-rounded education which encourages and fosters the development of the whole child, so they will be confident, connected, actively involved and lifelong learners
  • be a bicultural school showing understanding, tolerance and respect for both Maori and Pakeha culture, language and history.
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    The Ōtākou Marae on the Otago Peninsula is one of the places where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840. It is the home of Te Runaka o Ōtākou.  Portobello School is the noho school for the Ōtākou Marae.
    office@portobello.school.nz                         Ph: 03 4780605                         Cell: 20240881007            
30 Harington Point Road, Portobello 9014