A couple has been caught allegedly making methamphetamine in a motel in an up market Auckland suburb.

Vijay Jeetendar Govind, 37, and Hollie Sarah Motley, 30, were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Police have laid eight charges each against them after officers looking for Motley stumbled across a mobile P lab at the motel in Parnell.

The pair was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possessing equipment and material to manufacture and consume the drug, as well as possessing cannabis and the drug GBL.

Auckland City Police detective senior sergeant Nina Pederson said police had visited the motel room on an unrelated matter.

Pederson said it was not uncommon for clandestine labs to be found in motels, hotels or other commercial premises without the owners’ knowledge.

It was also a reminder that drug crime happened in all communities.

Govind and Motley are due to appear in court next month.