Firstly the hotel has great views and although next to the road so are many - but being at the end of the esplanade this was not busy. The accomodation is basic and based on wood hut sauna type construction. This led to noise from neighbours carrying through the floor and walls and I wouldn't want to stay if they were full up. Parking at the back of your unit and friendly staff, parrot ,cats and dogs. Basic shower, kitchen and bathroom.
The Anchor down the road looked well placed and just as good views but slightly more substantial build.
The end of the road car park was fantastic and we found seals sleeping in the hedge rows by the road side after taking the long bracing hill top walk and seeing their specks on the rocks. Definately binoculars needed on the cliffs.
Took the whale boat trip. Be warned - we saw 5 sperm whales and plenty of birds and seals which was fantastic but sea state was a small 1 metre swell and 35% of the boat were sea sick and throwing up within minutes and didnt move from their seats. It must be hell on the boat when the sea is rough as you sit inside and speed to the next sighting before being allowed up to watch.
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- Also Known As:
- Panorama Hotel Kaikoura
- Panorama Motel Kaikoura