My friends and I booked The Factory as our speciality lodging in our NZ trip and this was one of the highlights for our trip. Expectations were high but we were not prepared (at all!) for the wonder of The Factory.
We arrived to Janet's very warm welcome who graciously showed us around her house and our section of the house. She left us to explore the huge property while she prepared a welcome snack and beverage (the best ever lemonade and brownie!). We spoke briefly and among other things, we mentioned that we were looking forward to head out to Nin's Bin the next morning for some crayfish but were worried that we might get there too late. She left afterwards and came back to tell us that Paul will be making us crayfish for breakfast so that we will not have to worry about not getting our crayfish fix! We were ecstatic beyond words! She and her husband, Paul, had to leave for town to meet up with their friends, but she left us her personal number to contact her should we find ourselves in need of any help.
Janet and Paul were extremely inviting, generous, and friendly. Janet took the time to talk to us about Kaikoura town and the attractions. She also gave us a tour of her gardens! Paul introduced his chickens to us and even took the effort to dig up old photos of his adventures on the beach to show us. Be sure to catch their adorable cats wandering around the house too. And thanks to Janet's suggestion- we visited the seal pup stream the following morning and it became one of our favourite (and most unexpected) event of our trip!
The house itself was impressive and it was all so beautiful to look it. The interior is just lovely. Each of the 3 room were amazing and had their own characters. Seeing photos of the Factory before we arrived was one thing, but being in it is another thing altogether. We especially love the pulling light switches and the rolling doors.
The unit comes equipped with a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, speakers (that you can dock your iPod to), a collection of books and DVDs, a fire-place, sofa, dinning table and chairs, a fridge, an oven, a huge area to prepare food, and an induction cooker! The outdoor area has chairs, a BBQ facility, and spa!
Toiletries were provided, they smell so lovely that we decided to not use our own and we are glad we made that choice! Thought was put into every detail - down to the tissue provided (those 3-ply cold tissues are god's gift to mankind). The beds and the pillows were so wonderful, we had our best sleep of our trip here! An information booklet and many many brochures were provided, you can check into The Factory not knowing what to do in Kaikoura and these information will keep you very very busy!
Our crayfish breakfast was delightful and Paul's coffee were amazing (you should check out his machines while you are there). They overfed us and we had to zip-lock our lemon cakes for our journey back to Christchurch! If we had more stomach space to spare, we'd be asking for more rounds of coffee!
It was truly our regret that we only had 1 night to spare in Kaikoura. We have never been so blown away. Janet and Paul have left us wanting for more time there!
My apologies for the long wall of text but I am afraid no number of words can amount to the great time we had at The Factory!
- 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