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Bay-view Homestay Kaikoura
Ranked #11 of 32 Kaikoura B&B and Inns
Norfolk, UK
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“Lovely place to say - highly recommend it.”
Reviewed 21 November 2012

We spent 3 nights here at the start of our trip and could not have been more comfortable,or better looked after.
Conversations with Margaret over breakfast were very special and we learnt a lot about Kaikoura and the surrounding area.

We had mixed weather but by our last morning were treated to the wonderful view from the kitchen window of the bay and the snow-capped mountains beyond. Just wonderful like the hospitality we received.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

We stayed for 2 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our time. Our hosts were very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed good substantial breakfasts and the bonus was a wood fireplace in the living room. Although it is a good 25 minute walk to the town, the location on the hill has great views. You need to know that they do not accept credit cards for payment.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

We had a fantastic time in Kaikoura thanks to Margaret and Nicki. They made us feel at home from the get go and offered terrific advice about the area and the towns Restaurants. The cooked Breakfast was perfect and the stewed fruits and homemade Jams all sourced from her garden were delicious. It makes a big difference to stay with genuine locals that know real hospitality.

Thanks a million,
Lachie and Jess

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Shanghai Region, China
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Reviewed 2 June 2012 via mobile

Margaret and her daughter Nicky were great hosts. I originally planned to stay two nights, but after just the first one I booked two extra, making it four in total. For a walker like me, the location was great - about 25 minutes down into town and on the doorstep of the peninsula walk. Lovely accommodation - vintage, clean and comfortable; good shower pressure in the bathroom, absolutely wonderful breakfasts and home baking every day. I couldn't recommend this place highly enough. Thank you Margaret and Nicky! From Naomi (and Alanna) x

  • Stayed May 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 10 May 2012 via mobile

Up on the hill overlooking Kaikoura, this is a great wee home stay / B&B. Friendly and warm hosts, and homegrown fruit with breakfast to boot! Cheers - definitely reccomended, and at only $75 a night if you're travelling solo, it's a great deal...

  • Stayed May 2012
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Canberra, ACT
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Margaret and her daughter Nikky. They were very warm and friendly and made us feel welcome. Guests had their own shared lounge, kitchen and bathroom. The beds were comfortable and the home very clean. We did have mosquitoes and moths in the bathroom - the only reason we could not rate Bay-view as excellent. Margaret prepared a hearty breakfast which included some home made goodies and was happy to offer breakfasts at anytime from 6.30am. If you are feeling a little homesick this is the place to stay. Lyn & Sonia, Canberra

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Thorpe Bay
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

We stayed with Margaret and her daughter on our recent trip to New Zealand and could not have found more welcome hosts. Nothing was too much trouble and both accommodation and breakfasts were excellent. We loved talking to Margaret over breakfast and listening to her b & b tales over the years. She is a truly lovely lady and fantastic for her age.

Roger and Barbara Baldwin
England

Room Tip: All rooms are quiet and comfortable but we chose the en-suite for convenience.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bay-view Homestay Kaikoura

Property: Bay-view Homestay Kaikoura
Address: 296 Scarborough Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
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Ranked #11 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Margaret Woodill is the classic Kiwi grandmother and thinks nothing of getting up at 5.30 am to cook a full breakfast including homemade bread before your whale watching or dolphin swimming trip in Kaikoura, New Zealand. She’s lived in her Kaikoura peninsula home with its sweeping views of sea and mountains since 1934. She began taking in passing travellers over 20 years ago, just before the whales and dolphins turned the township into a tourist Mecca. When her four children left home, opening a bed and breakfast seemed a logical use for spare bedrooms and bathrooms. Since husband Bob’s death in 1999, Margaret says guests are her family and that’s why she calls it a HOMESTAY rather than a B&B. ... more   less 

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