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“A very special place and people”
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The Factory
Ranked #2 of 32 Kaikoura B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 30 March 2013

We spent two nights during our 26 day driving adventure through New Zealand, and it was NOT near enough. We chose Kaikoura for the whale watching but unfortunately the seas did not cooperate. However, Janet and Paul made up for missing out on that planned adventure. They met us from the train and took us to their beautiful home and we were so very pleased with the vacation unit. We could choose from any of the 3 bedrooms, and choose the larger one. The furnishing are very modern but comfortable and the kitchen amazing...not that we used it. Paul and Janet kept us well fed including freshly caught crawfish (rock lobster to those of us from US). It is fully equipped if we did want to cook for ourselves. The first day it was late so they drove us into town so we could have dinner while they visited with friends who had been away. We ate at Maxton's Restaurant and it was delicious. The next morning the winds were high and it didn't look like we would make the whale watch. Janet drove us in just in case and when it was cancelled she took us on a site seeing trip to see the seal colony and all the baby seals. She even picked wild blackberries while we were there. We didn't get to see the whales but we had a very relaxing 3 days and 2 nights which was needed after a busy first half of our driving vacation. Janet and Paul are amazing hosts and we can't wait to go back. Plus what a beautiful location on a beach where you can see for miles and miles!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Janet B, Owner at The Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2013

Oh thank you so much for all your lovely comments about your stay here at The Factory. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you both and hearing all about your most interesting lives. So glad you enjoyed seeing the baby seals - there are now lots of them up at the waterfall - we are so lucky to be able to experience something so unique just a short distance away. Good luck with all your plans - we look forward to updates!

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Reviewed 21 March 2013

I was lucky enough to spend a night at the factory just a few weeks ago - the night before my sisters wedding. Unfortunately there are no words I can find to say how absolutely wonderful this place is! It took my breath away from the moment the doors where opened. The 3 rooms were all devine each with stunning furnishings, the bathroom just beautiful, and the living area is somewhere I could only dream to call home! Janet and Paul were amazing hosts, giving us plenty of privacy yet surprisingly there every time we needed something, this level of hospitality I had only ever heard about but never experienced, it was absolute bliss. You can tell they are happy people that love their job and enjoy sharing their home. My only regret is that we didn't arrive earlier in the day to have more time there in their little slice of paradise! Thanks for taking such great care of us x

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Janet B, Owner at The Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review for us. We felt very privileged to be part of making your sister's wedding day so memorable. You all looked so beautiful, I am sure the rest of the day was very special - we will look forward to seeing some photos.

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Reviewed 23 February 2013

The Factory was the most amazing place I have ever stayed. Janet and Paul were very friendly and welcoming. The high standard of The Factory was beyond anything I have ever experienced before. We particulary enjoyed the spa on the deck and was most welcome after a busy day of sightseeing. The Factory has everything you could ever want.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Janet B, Owner at The Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2013

Our thanks for your lovely review. We really enjoyed meeting you both and hope the rest of your journey around our beautiful country went well.

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Reviewed 9 February 2013

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.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Janet B, Owner at The Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 11 February 2013

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay here - it was lovely to meet you both and we are very happy to have been able to make the start of your holiday memorable. I am sure your dolphin swim was amazing - we are so lucky here to have such amazing wildlife opportunities. Hope the rest of your holiday went well and we look forward to seeing you on your return some day.

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Reviewed 4 February 2013

I visited the Factory on my 66th birthday after a trip on the Coastal Pacific Railway to Kiakoura. The day got even more special when we saw a Sperm Whale! Nothing could prepare me for the fantastic welcome we received from Paul And Janet our hosts at the Factory- a place of peace and beauty! Totally blown away by the apartment- in all my years I have never stayed in such a sumptuous , well equipped and magnificent accommodation. What a memory to treasure and to top it off the food was magnificent and all home grown (or caught!). Lasting memories to take away with the hope that we may some day return.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Janet B, Owner at The Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2013

Oh thank you so much for your lovely review. We felt privileged to be able to make your birthday so special - it was fun for us too! Thank you for your artistic input - you inspired us to create some beautiful beach art for Valentine's Day. Hope to see you both again in the future.

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Reviewed 31 January 2013

We were simply blown away by the charm of The factory and the hospitality of the owners.The peace and quiet were just what we were looking for after traveling around the south Island for 10 days. The beds were super comfy, the place was spotless and we had cold beers waiting for us upon arrival. We opted for the full service and we were soo happy we did. The breakfast that Janet and Paul made for us was above and beyond delicious. It was simply the best breakfast any of us have ever had. It was a 3 course meal, and everything was homemade and prepared by hand in their kitchen. We walked away stuffed and happy. Plan on it being breakfast AND lunch as it is so much yummy food.Our favorite was the crayfish that Paul had caught a few weeks before. Janet's muesli's was awesome, better than any muesli we have ever had! She could open up her own Cafe and it would be a complete success. Janet even did my laundry for me which was a huge treat, especially being a mother of 3. Overall we rank it 5 star +++++, and would recommend it to anybody!!!

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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Janet B, Owner at The Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2013

Oh, thank you so much for your kind comments. We are so glad you all had a great time at The Factory and your wonderful compliments about our cooking have made our day!

We really enjoyed meeting your family and were so happy that you had such a memorable encounter with the dolphins.

We wish you all the best for the rest of your time in New Zealand and hope the US contingent had a safe trip home.

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Reviewed 20 December 2012

Warm place tucked beside the beach, away from the main town of Kaikoura. Beautifully refurbished house with tasteful interior design, filled with old farm rusty charm. Wonderfully friendly hosts, Janet and Paul cooked us a fabulous breakfast too.

Definitely worth the stay!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Janet B, Owner at The Factory, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2013

Many thanks for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay here. It was fun to chat with you all and are enjoying keeping up with all your gorgeous photos.

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Additional Information about The Factory

Address: 5 Hapuku Road, Kaikoura 7371, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Kaikoura
Price Range: £233 - £261 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Factory 5*
Number of rooms: 1
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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