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Waikava Harbour View
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Reviewed 6 January 2013

We stayed at Waikava Harbour View by chance but we were so glad we found it!

During the first week of our five-week camper tour around the South Island I slipped whilst tramping in the Catlins and broke my shoulder. After spending one night in the camper it soon became clear that I was going to need a decent bed to sleep in for at least one night and we did a bit of internet research into accommodation in the surrounding area and found Waikava Harbour View.

The owner was very helpful and we initially booked to stay for just the one night, however, when we arrived and saw the breathtaking views from the deck and spent a night in the VERY comfortable bed we decided to stay a second night in order to give my shoulder time to recover!

We stayed in Toi Tois and had everything we could possibly need. The heater and electric blankets provided also made sure we could make the place toasty for the evening (as we were struggling with the rather chilly NZ spring weather!)

We will be eternally grateful that we found this place in our hour of need and that the owners were so accommodating at short notice. We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again or to recommend Waikava Harbour View to others.

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 December 2012

We stayed overnight in the Tois cottage while travelling down the Catlins coast. After some initial confusion when trying the collect the key from the local museum, where the fellow manning it seemed to have no idea what key to give us, we settled into the correct place and found it very comfortable. It was bright and clean and had a very well equipped kitchen. The view over the paddock and the estuary was fabulous and, as keen bird watchers, we wished we'd stayed longer so we could watch all the waders at low tide. There's not much in the way of shops so make sure you do your grocery shopping before you arrive. Definitely go to Curio Bay and see the Yellow Eyed Penguins coming home.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

Our 2 first nights on the South Island were spent here. It was a delightful introduction. We enjoyed watching the birds in the nearby paddock from our window. We ventured out (it was October and windy) to take the bush walk and saw our first tree ferns and many of the native NZ trees (well-labeled). Also, experienced our first fantail greeting. At night, the electric bedwarmer was much appreciated.

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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 August 2012

The unit was very well appointed, clean and comfortable, with idyllic views of the harbour. Because we were there in winter there was a lot of condensation on the inside windows when it froze outside and was toasty warm inside. There also wasn’t much open in the area, but the Niagara Falls café just a few minutes down the road was supberb – The seafood chowder and smoked salmon salad were outstanding. I highly recommend a visit to the area and would stay at Waikawa Harbour View again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Waikava, Owner at Waikava Harbour View, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2012

Thanks Carolyn S for taking the time to share your experience of staying in one of our Waikava Harbour View cottages. Yes can be quite chilly in the Catlins in July and we are pleased you were nice and warm. Unfortunately there is some condensation due to cold outside and warm inside. We really appreciate your recommendation for others to visit the South Catlins area and hope you will stay with us again.
Kind regards
Judy & Tony

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Reviewed 12 April 2012

We (a family of four, two adults and two children) stayed for four nights in the main house, which was spacious and clean. It was lovely to have plenty of space and we used three of the four bedrooms. The beds were all super-comfortable. Nowhere to put things in the bedrooms was a bit odd though - the built in cupboards were full of spare bedding and ironing boards etc, and there wasn't even a chest of drawers or hooks on the wall/back of the door - strange given that the rooms are so big that they should be so empty.

The living room/diner/kitchen was also clean and spacious, and fairly well equipped and comfortable. The sofas are not the squidgiest in the world, but perfectly fine for curling up on to watch a movie from the thoughtfully provided DVD library. The lighting is quite dim, especially as there was a bulb not working in the kitchen. The free wifi was handy for checking emails and booking onward travel.

The bathrooms (one for three of the bedrooms, and one en-suite) were spotless and more than adequate, although the en-suite shower did leak a bit.

However, the piece de resistance was the view of the harbour from the deck (or inside from the living room if the sandflies were about) - a huge view of constantly changing water and mud as the tides ebbed and flowed. Not much boat action, but plenty of birds to keep us entertained. And Curio/Porpoise Bay just up the road is lovely, lovely, lovely.

The village itself is tiny, but the museum (where we collected and left the house keys) was a wonderful collection of local memorabilia and a testament to the strong community spirit. It is entirely run by volunteers which makes it all the more remarkable. Our stay coincided with the annual local arts festival, in the village hall across from the house, which was also great, a riot of colour and an excellent showcase of local talent. Must also mention the excellent fish and chips we had from the Blue Cod Blues van, parked next to the museum...

We would love to go back to Harbour View one day, it's a shame it's so far from home!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

Only stayed one night which was a shame as the single bed unit was perfect for our needs. Everything you could want. All it lacks is the afternoon sun on the deck! ... but then you can sit in the garden and look over the harbour.
Beware the cold nights as with typical Kiwi single glazing it can soon chill and the windows mist up.
Loved the fish and chips van thats parks up next to the Museum.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 March 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed staying at Waikava with my elderly parents and teenage son. Great facilities, Very spacious and lovely quiet location with great views.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Waikava Harbour View

Address: 14 Larne Street, Waikawa, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Southland Region > Waikawa
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Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Waikawa
Price Range: £63 - £105 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
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