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Kaikoura Apartments
Ranked #6 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Rangiora, New Zealand
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Reviewed 16 April 2014 via mobile

Would definitely stay here again, in fact thinking of making another booking in 6 months time! Loved the room layout and the balcony, would be better in summer apart from the tourists! Very well appointed and managed.

Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 April 2014 via mobile

We loved Waves on the Esplanade! Immaculate room. Very spacious. Lovely bathrooms and bedrooms. Very well equipped. Excellent laundry facilities too. Amazing location and great views (from our room: room 9!)
Liz was very helpful and friendly. Would highly recommend and definitely return.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Verwood, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Waves was the most expensive motel accommodation we stayed at during our 6 week tour of New Zealand, but it was worth every penny (or cent). I understand that each apartment is privately owned with some being used for holiday letting which is well managed by Liz and Damer.

Stayed here for 3 nights. The accommodation is large and extremely well appointed, it just has everything you could need, including your own laundry facilities. Perfect - a home from home.

Our apartment (Premier Ocean View Suite) was at the end of the block on the first floor overlooking the esplanade and the sea. There were two balconies on the front of the apartment with table and chairs which give you great views of Kaikoura Bay whilst having breakfast or evening drinks and nibbles. Although close to the road there was no problem with traffic news.

It was just a short walk to the main town area with its restaurants, cafes and shops.

We would be be happy to return here and recommend it to others.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

Recently spend 2 nights in Kaikoura and were very happy with Waves. It was very large, clean (had a washer/dryer with laundry soap) and nicely located just outside the main street area but great walking distance to some lovely restaurants. Especially liked Passione in town (fabulous pizza and salads) and the Green Dolphin. Also highly recommend the Kaikoura Whale watching boat expedition. Really well run and highly entertaining-we were lucky enough to see 2 whales, 1 shark, dolphins and seals. Also highly recommend doing the walk around the peninsula where you see all the seals lounging on the rocks-amazing!

Room Tip: no help with the luggage so either be prepared to bring your bag up some stairs or request a low flo...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Stayed for one night but wished we had extended our stay for at least one more night at the Waves on the Esplanade and explored Kaikoura for longer - spectacular coastline, scenery, wildlife & nature walks/cycling. One day is just not enough.

The Waves although on the more expensive side of accommodation in Kaikoura, the apartments are extremely well equipped, well planned and in an excellent location. Mr & Mrs Farrell were extremely friendly, helpful & thoughtful - a fresh bottle of milk on arrival was such a nice touch! Will definitely return to stay on our next visit.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea facing room on the upper floors - there is a lift to help with luggage & access
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 27 March 2014 via mobile

We were thrilled when we opened the door .... It was beautiful!! Mum is 86 with dodgy knees and there was a lift up to our unit which was wonderful! We both caught terrible colds in NZ and the manager Liz went out of her way for us. She sent up medicine and a bottle of scotch. Liz was a delight and really made us feel welcome.... Thank you Liz and hope to come back next year

Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

We stayed here for one night in their ‘Luxury’ unit, which was apartment #1. The apartment had a lounge and dining area with open plan kitchen, as well as two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. It ended up being loads of space for the two of us. There were pleasant ocean views from the lounge and there was a large balcony attached as well. The apartment seemed well stocked with kitchen utensils, washing machine, ironing board, vacuum, etc. I’m not sure if I would call it a luxurious apartment, but it was reasonably well appointed and we were satisfied with our stay. The staff at the front desk (possibly the owners) were friendly and happy to give us tips for our short stay in Kaikoura. It is a very small town and we found that everywhere we wanted to go (i.e. local shops, dinner, Peninsula Walkway, Whale Watch office) was within 5-10 minutes drive away.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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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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