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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Lyn very helpful and good to us. The room was just lovely and had a view of the beach. It is nice that the motel is a bit outside of the chaos of the town, but there was still food within walking distance. Laundry was also available. I am sorry to hear about the earthquake damage and I hope the... More 

Thank Elizabeth Z
Auckland, New Zealand
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69 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The lovely, friendly Aussie proprietor created a very pleasing impression on our arrival. This motel is in an ideal location, just over the road from the beach and the views are stunning. Spacious, clean, well-appointed rooms and it's within walking distance of some good restaurants.

Thank HMR2014
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed two nights in an executive room in this fantastic motel which is owned and run by a friendly Aussie lady called Lyn and her husband. The room had everything, it was large, had a kitchen area, and a great bathroom with a jacuzzi bath. The location was to die for, looking out over the beach with a snow... More 

Thank Derek P
Herne Bay, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having been to the Anchor Motel twice in recent years, let's spare a thought for the people of Kaikoura. Whichever way you approach the town it is a beautiful place to go to. My wife and I have driven from Picton and the SH is an absolute gorgeous run. The Anchor is just the cream on the top, and if... More 

Thank DavidRW_13
anchorinnkaikoura, Owner at Anchor Inn Motel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely email. We are all ok our little yellow castle by sea has taken a beating but we will be back bigger and better then ever. All our love Lyn & Paul xxx More 

Ballina, Australia
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28 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well, the lovely wife and I decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary and her birthday with three nights at the Anchor Inn. On arrival, we were greeted by Lindy who spoke straight from the heart and later met Paul who also couldn't do enough to make our stay more enjoyable. The room we stayed in (the executive suite) was palatial... More 

Thank SimonW123
Christchurch, New Zealand
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12 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed a night here recently. welcome was nice but carparks are way to close together especially if you have any sort of disability. Not enough room to open car doors to get out. Inside was average and for the cost I would have expected a little better. No breakfast available to order. Views were great. Otherwise it was nothing to... More 

Thank mystified555
anchorinnkaikoura, Owner at Anchor Inn Motel, responded to this review

Thank you for your response , we try to reply to our customers that are not satisfied. Yes the car parks are a bit tight for large 4x4 vehicles, but we do other parking off street in front of side entrance which we use for caravans , campers and Boat trailers ( up to 5 vehicles parking spots ). Breakfast... More 

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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Passing through and needed to stay overnight. Dropped in on off chance and was shown two potential rooms and opted for one on side of property with view. The room was clean and well equipped and right on the esplanade. This made it easy to walk to the shops and restaurants. My room had a kitchen which would have been... More 

Thank Denise S
Singapore, Singapore
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94 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great little motel facing the sea. Super convenient - 3 minute drive to town, and walking distance from some of the best restaurants. Lyn was lovely and helpful. We stayed in a 2 bedroom which meant sharing a downstairs bathroom, which wasn't too inconvenient.

Thank CKWJ30
Christchurch, New Zealand
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 October 2016

This Motel is lovely, the Units are very roomy, much bigger than other motel units we have stayed in at other place. Bed was large and comfortable. The Units that face the sea have spectacular views of sea and mountain. Staff very friendly and helpful. We would stay there again if the need arises. Sharon & Jim - Christchurch

Thank 100JRex100
Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England
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643 reviews
105 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 330 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 October 2016

There can't be many other places that match this for comfort and convenience. Big rooms, huge patio wondows, kitchen facilities, modern bathroom, wifi, 8 minutes walk to nearest, very good, restaurants, and about 15 minutes the other way to the town centre. So it's quiet, at night the only sounds you hear are the waves washing up onto the shore... More 

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  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Spa
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Spa
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Laundry Service
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast Available
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Anchor Inn is a modern and stylish motel superbly situated on the Kaikoura waterfront with most rooms enjoying magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the stunning Kaikoura Ranges.Our award-winning motel offers a range of studios and family units which are spacious and well-appointed, fully self-contained, climate controlled and double-glazed for your total comfort and enjoyment.The Anchor Inn holds a 4+ Qualmark star rating and a Tripadvisor certificate of excellence.We provide a guest laundry, wireless internet, Sky's 50+ channels and an extensive DVD library. Secure off-street parking is provided in our enclosed courtyard. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Anchor Inn Motel

Address: 208 Esplanade | Cnr Margate Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Price Range: £100 - £203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Anchor Inn Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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Also Known As:
Anchor Hotel Kaikoura
Anchor Motel Kaikoura
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kaikoura
#1 Luxury Hotel in Kaikoura
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kaikoura
#2 Family Hotel in Kaikoura
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“Don't stay in the Executive Suite ' cos its ours!!!”
 of 5 bubbles SimonW123, 11 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Room was next to busy road so quite noisy. only drapes at windows so anyone can see in when they are open.”
 of 5 bubbles mystified555, 7 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Sea facing”
 of 5 bubbles CKWJ30, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
“This was a MOTEL not Hotel, We were facing the sea which was road side but couldn't hear traffic just waves:-)”
 of 5 bubbles 100JRex100, 19 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Sea views and mountain views, close to town, reasonably priced comfortable rooms”
 of 5 bubbles 437mandt, 31 Aug 2016 | Read review
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