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Bay-view Homestay Kaikoura
Ranked #12 of 32 Kaikoura B&B and Inns
Reviewed 6 April 2014

We have enjoyed several great B &Bs in NZ. But Bayview Homestay was special. It is as the name suggests, a "homestay".

Sitting in her sunny kitchen, overlooking riot of colorful flowers, we enjoyed Grandma Margaret's (she's 84) homemade "everything" ... fruit preserves, bread, yogurt, even her own backyard eggs. Over steaming morning coffee, we shared recipes and hilarious stories about chooks (chickens) and eggs.... it felt like home.

We were nearing the end of a 21 day journey, quite tired but completely contented.
Thank you Margaret and Nicky.

We will always have fond memories of Kaikoura, especially when we read "Life of Mar", Margaret's story.

Michelle and Mario
Singapore

Btw: I appreciated how the bathroom was carefully planned for wheelchairs (being spacious), with stools in shower areas.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 February 2014

It is very interesting reading the mixed reviews on the website. I think if you stay here you have to realise that it is a B&B in somebody's home and not a private unit. Having said that, the guest part of the house has its own lounge and back entrance plus a fridge and tea and coffee making facilities and a washing machine. I found the bedroom and bathroom very clean and the bed super comfortable. The family are all very friendly and helpful. The garden setting is beautiful and the breakfasts are the best we had during the whole trip. They don't take too many guests so you don't feel overwhelmed with other people. I enjoyed their Kiwi hospitality and tips on places to eat, etc. You can pay an awful lot more in Kaikoura. I was originally booked in somewhere much more posh but they pulled the pin on our booking with very little notice so I was very grateful to Margaret and Nicky for being able to accommodate us. A highlight for us was being able to cut through on Tom's Track to the peninsular walk and Dempseys Track to the seal colony walk from the house. You can also walk down to the Pier Hotel and the Green Dolphin restaurant using Dempseys track. Another track via Ward Street took you down to the Seafood BBQ place. I enjoyed being out of town a little but it is only about 10 minutes to drive in.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 February 2014 via mobile

Unfortunately I have to agree with other reviews that this accommodation is very out dated and needs some improvements to justify the cost. Location is good, a wonderful view of the bay, the garden is impressive but the accommodation is below par compared to all the other home stays and b&bs we used during our 3 week stay on the South Island.

Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 January 2014

We stayed at Bayview for 1 night in January 2014. We had booked this place after reading the spectacular reviews but we were disappointed. The room was very small and didn't feel clean. There were some leftover hair in the ensuite bathroom(presumably from someone staying there before us.)
While the hosts were very nice and friendly, we did not think this B&B was worth the money!

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2014 via mobile

Located at the end of the peninsula, this place is perfect for the ever changing views of Kaikoura's landscape. We also went for a hike/walk to the seal colony from this place, gorgeous view!
We stayed two nights at Margaret's and she and her family was ever accommodating. Breakfast was great too, with goodies coming from her own garden - which is very well tended by the way.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

We had planned and booked a Whale Watch trip in Kaikoura during our trip round the South Island and was looking for somewhere to stay just for a couple of nights. After reading several TA reviews for this Homestay decided to give it a go and was so glad we did.
On our arrival Margaret and Nicky made us so welcome and was just like being back home.
The rooms are clean, tidy and comfortable. They have a nice view from their drive and their garden is a must see providing them with a lot of their own food for themselves and a home grown breakfast for their guests which I must add was delicious.
I would certainly recommend this Homestay for anyone looking for a home from home homestay and should we return sometime in the future to visit Kaikoura we will certainly be stopping here again.

  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 January 2014

The view from this home is breathtakingly beautiful. The attention to detail by N!ikki and Margaret was delightful. Breakfast included homemade bread, fresh laid eggs and home-grown tomatoes and homemade jams. How can you go wrong with such wonderful hosts in such an inviting atmosphere? Don't miss seeing the gardens.

Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about 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 #12 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Kaikoura
Price Range: £46 - £52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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