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“A great place to stay in Kaikoura!”
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Manakau Lodge
Ranked #1 of 32 Kaikoura B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 March 2014

Manakau Lodge is a gorgeous spot. The views of the mountains are spectacular and rooms are great. Neil is a great host--the crawfish dinner and breakfast was delicious. We wish we had stayed longer than 1 night, but it was a great place to end our trip to NZ.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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ManakauLodge, Owner at Manakau Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2014

Thank you for taking the trouble to post a review of your stay with us. We are delighted that you enjoyed the Lodge, and that your last night in New Zealand was all you hoped for. Glad you enjoyed our crayfish too! Until next time!

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Reviewed 8 March 2014

We spent two nights here and very much enjoyed our stay. The lodge is a ten to fifteen minute drive from Kaikoura and the local restaurants but you won't mind that when you see the view from the rooms. We had the deluxe mountain view which I would recommend, the snow capped mountains are so close and far more spectacular than the sea view rooms, also the afternoon sun is wonderful to sit out on the adjoining deck.

The rooms are spacious with lovely bathrooms but a little impersonal for me.

We pre booked dinner at the lodge and it was a nice change not to have to drive to a restaurant. Neil cooked us a beautiful three course dinner which we thoroughly enjoyed.

This review would have been five star but there were a couple of things that let the lodge down for me. Firstly there was no mirror of any description in the bedroom and no plug socket in the bathroom which meant that you have to plug the hair dryer in the bedroom socket and strain to see what you are doing in the bathroom mirror. The second niggle was the bathroom products were not replenished on our second day. The miniature shower gel and shampoo tubes are not enough for two people at the best of times and certainly don't last two days. It's only a little niggle and had I asked for some I'm sure it would have been no problem but in five star accommodation you should not need to ask.

I would definitely return to Manakau Lodge, lovely accommodation in a beautiful location.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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ManakauLodge, Owner at Manakau Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2014

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for taking the trouble to post a great review.

Thanks too for your constructive and helpful comments. We are on the case with the room mirrors - they are being made for us at the moment and we should have them in all the rooms very soon; your comment on the replenishment of the bathroom products is also noted. With regard to the power point in the bathroom, there is in fact a socket for the hairdryer above the shelf within the vanity unit, though it is fitted on the inside wall for electrical safety reasons, and so not necessarily obvious. I should make a point of mentioning this to arriving guests.

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Reviewed 26 February 2014

This place was nice to stay but overpriced. The setting was very nice with views to the mountains. The bed was very comfortable and the room was clean. The wifi and the in room Ipad was good. It wasn't very spacious. A fridge in the room is needed.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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ManakauLodge, Owner at Manakau Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2014

Thank you taking the trouble to review your stay, and we are pleased that you enjoyed the comforts and amenities which we offer, as well as the views, of course. Whilst we don't have a fridge or other self-catering facilities in the rooms, guests are more than welcome to use our kitchen fridges to chill a bottle of wine or store some groceries whilst staying with us. I'm sorry if you weren't aware of this.

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Reviewed 5 February 2014

Well appointed, especially from technology point of view. Very comfortable bed & stunning mountain views from our bedroom (a mirror in the bedroom would be a good addition). Excellent breakfasts. More like a small boutique hotel than a B&B.
Whale-watching flight well worth doing; our pilot exceptionally informative and enthusiastic.

Room Tip: Go for a mountain view room.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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ManakauLodge, Owner at Manakau Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2014

Many thanks for posting this review and we are delighted to know that you enjoyed both your stay with us, and your activities in the Kaikoura area generally. Thanks too for the very helpful comment on mirrors. We have some being made for us, and although we were unable to have these in time for this summer, we hope to have them in each of the rooms very soon.

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Reviewed 5 February 2014

The most stylish and comfortable accommodation I have ever experienced. Lovely views from the property and a quiet location just outside town. A very peaceful and pleasant place to stay and Neil is friendly and looks after you very well indeed. A talented cook and photographer and his prints provide some dramatic NZ landscapes.
Fantastic service and was so quick to post some items I had left behind. Made us feel very welcome. A lovely stay

Stayed: January 2014
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ManakauLodge, Owner at Manakau Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2014

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for posting such a terrific review. It was a great pleasure meeting you both and having some great conversations! Until next time.

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Reviewed 3 February 2014

The excellence of this property is only exceeded by Neil's wonderful food. We stayed two nights and dinner was delicious on both: the best food we have had on his trip. Ten out of ten for service and hospitality: from meet and greet at the station to taking us back to the train two days later nothing was too much trouble. When our dolphin experience and whale watching trips were cancelled Neil made sure we were not disappointed by showing us the seal colonies. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: Rooms at the back get great views of the mountains - we even had some fresh snow.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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ManakauLodge, Owner at Manakau Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2014

Thank you so much for your kind and generous compliments. It was a real pleasure having you stay with us and we are delighted to know that you enjoyed it so much, particularly in light of the unsettled weather we experienced at the time.

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Reviewed 12 January 2014

The lodge was our first stop on our tour of the South Island. Located near to Kaikoura with stunning views of the mountains and the sea it was the ideal start to our journey. The room was delightful, the huge bed was particularly comfortable and the bathroom was superb. The room had a courtesy iPad and access to Apple tv if it was needed. Our host was charming and gave us great advice on where to go and what to see. After an excellent breakfast we were very sorry that we had not stayed longer.

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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ManakauLodge, Owner at Manakau Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 15 January 2014

What a great pleasure to meet you and have you stay with us. We are thrilled that you enjoyed it so much, and thank you for posting such a complimentary review. I do hope the remainder of your South Island tour was equally enjoyable, and if ever you find yourselves heading our way again, we would be delighted to welcome you back. All good wishes to you both.

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Additional Information about Manakau Lodge

Address: 198b Parsons Road, Kaikoura 7371, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Kaikoura
Price Range: £152 - £171 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Manakau Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in beautiful mountain surroundings just ten minutes from Kaikoura, Manakau Lodge is a luxury rural retreat, offering the discerning traveller the finest in country lodge accommodation and hospitality. Our guests' comfort is our number one priority. A great night's sleep awaits in our specially-chosen, super-comfortable beds, with fine cotton linens and beautiful, luxurious woollen bed blankets. King size beds are the standard in our two Lodge Rooms, and our slightly larger Deluxe Rooms feature super-king beds, which can also be converted to twin singles on request. Furnishings in the guest lounge and bedrooms are hand-made from New Zealand rimu, a native timber prized for its warm tones and rich natural beauty. Each room also comes with a pair of deep-cushioned armchairs, a 32-inch LCD television with satellite Freeview and Apple(R) TV, a writing desk with an ergonomic chair, and the most luxurious modern bathroom, with heated floor, warm towels, and a superb walk-in monsoon shower. Both Deluxe Rooms also have the added indulgence of a deep, free-standing bath. ... more   less 
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