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“Long may it Wave”

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Kaikoura Apartments
Ranked #6 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Christchurch, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
276 reviews
69 hotel reviews
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“Long may it Wave”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Over the last fifteen years we've chosen self-catering apartments wherever possible in Europe, North America, Asia, Oz and even the Pacific Islands. Of those many places, Waves on the Esplanade was the very best on all counts - and it is only 181km from home!
As well as the positive reviews, I had a hint from Liz's profesionalism in handling the phone booking that this was something special. Both Liz and Damer Farrell have suitable personalities for such a venture.
We stayed three nights in the premier suite, views to the sea and to the mountains. The furniture and fittings are not only top-level, but also functional - I've never seen such a well-equipped and well-organised kitchen. Every gadget one can imagine. There is even an Italian expresso machine with frother. It was all so easy that we ended up preparing all our meals there, even our token celebration meal of seafood - a glass of wine on the sunset balcony. Ah, bliss.
Look for the little touches that Liz and Damer think up between them. Thank you both.

PS the units are individually owned - you may like it so much you want to buy one.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 July 2013

We stayed three nights at Waves. Had a two bedroom apartment - one en-suite and the other separate which also had a washing machine, drier and sink in a well appointed cupboard.
Own parking space below the apartment and a lift to our floor.
Met by the Manager (Liz) who was most helpful and informative not only about the apartment but the area itself.
Beautifully appointed apartment with super views of the beach from the balcony. It had everything we needed.
Has free Wi-Fi .....great when you want to keep in touch with family at home.
Went whale watching (absolutely fabulous!!!!). Liz also suggested going to the seal colony - again fab.
Kaikoura is in a beautiful setting and Waves just made our stay there perfect. Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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jl_ck
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 17 July 2013

After reading reviews in trip advisor we chose this accommodation. We had a two bedroom apartment with an ocean view. It wasn't cheap and we booked online, I noticed in the tourist info in Kaikoura that they were advertising 30 percent off the rooms but we had already booked. The apartments really are very good, they are spacious, well furnished and well heated. The hosts were great, the rooms had free wifi and sky TV. There was a washing machine and dryer and a little tub if washing powder which was good. The rooms were not serviced which
is a bit surprising given the cost. I

  • Stayed July 2013
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

This is a fantastic place to spend a few days in Kaikoura. Very well maintained and beautiful apartments. Two bedrooms with a bathroom each. Perfect for a family of four as we are. Well equipped kitchen, washing machine and dryer made life easy. Liz and Damer manage the Waves in an outstanding manner. They went out of the way to make our stay a happy one. There was even a birthday cake and balloons ready for our daughter who had her birthday the day after we arrived.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 July 2013

We stayed here to go whale watching the next day - with our two kids 12 and 9.
We only stayed one night and the only problem we had there is that none of us wanted to leave.

We checked in after an incredibly scenic drive down the rugged and remote coastline from Blenheim.

The manager - Damer really warmly welcomed us. He has a dry sense of humour and had a joke with the kids. The apartment was the most stylish and comfortable we stayed in in New Zealand by a long shot.

The most special thing though was the view (see photo) from our unit. Snow capped mountains meeting the sea under pink clouds.

As a bonus we saw a bunch of sperm whales and humpback whales the next day as well as a couple of seal colonies. The kids were in awe.

I'd never heard of this place before but it doesn't get much better than that.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 10 July 2013 via mobile

I stayed one night on route to Hanmer with my two boys, Jack 11 and Sam during their July school holidays. The personalised service from Liz the manager was so amazing and so appreciated. When we arrived Liz presented my boys with their own wee treat and on the door of our room was a lovely personalised message just for us. She even went out of her way to exchange one of the treats upon discovering Jack was 11 which she left much to Jack's surprise on our door. The amazingness did not stop there as we discovered another wrapped gift addressed to a dad and his special sons. This made the kids feel so special (not to mention me whose status had been elevated to Super Dad).

The apartments are impeccably presented and very well equipped. Everything was so clean and nice with everything you could want in a self contained unit.

Liz gave us some useful family dinner recommendations and provided us with towels for our after dinner Spa.

We are coming back through Kaikoura in a week's time and we all want to try and stay here if we can. Better try and get my booking in!

Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Buderim, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2013 via mobile

Great place to stay for 2 couples travelling together. We had a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom appartments. Worked out real value for money especially if you stay 3 nights. Staff were very helpful and the appartments was great. Kaikoura is the best kept secret in NZ.

Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Kaikoura Apartments
Address: 78 The Esplanade, Kaikoura 7301, New Zealand (Formerly Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Kaikoura
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kaikoura
#5 Luxury Hotel in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Kaikoura Apartments 5*
Number of rooms: 11
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