We stayed here one night at the start of our South Island driving holiday, and it was a great way to start! Kaikoura is a beautiful village and the best place to go for swimming with the dolphins or whale watching on the east coast. The Factory is fabulously and respectfully restored.The guest quarter is very large, with 3 bedrooms around the central living area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a gorgeous bathroom. You have exclusive use of the entire guest quarter (including the 3 bedrooms and an outdoor spa). The interior design and furnishings are trendy but tasteful, and all the appliances are high end. The bed was very comfortable. Paul and Janet are genuinely the most friendly hosts we have met, and well-traveled and interesting people to boot. Although they had friends over for dinner, they (and their friends) took the time to have a chat with us and gave us very helpful advice on what what to do and where to eat. We did not opt for breakfast because we were going to swim with the dolphins early next morning, however the wonderful smells emanating from the kitchen made us regret that decision instantly. Paul very kindly made us cafe-quality coffee before we left. The whole experience was awesome and we were very sad to have only stayed one night. The Factory is definitely on our list of places to return to.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Factory offers luxury accommodation in an historic building on the beachfront at Hapuku. Here, you can relax in peace and privacy with views of the ocean on one side and stunning snow-capped mountains on the other. Hapuku is less than 10 minutes drive from Kaikoura which is famous for its amazing marine wildlife. The Factory offers exclusive use of the guest wing and is perfect for couples, families or small groups of friends. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Factory Hotel Kaikoura