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Nikau Lodge
Ranked #4 of 32 Kaikoura B&B and Inns
Surrey, UK
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“Great accommodation and hosts”
Reviewed 17 April 2011

Quentin and Jane are excellent hosts, we felt very relaxed during our stay with them. Our room which overlooked Kaikoura Bay was very comfortable. There was a fridge on the landing with complimentary wine and water to help yourself and in your room, a jar of home made cookies along with the usual tea and coffee. We had free internet access which we found unusual in New Zealand. Quentin and Jane were very good at recommending local eating places and also booking our whale watching trip. This was our most favourite accommodation on South Island and would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 April 2011

We stayed at the Nikau Lodge whilst touring the South Island and it was one of the nicest places we stayed in. Well-located, the house enjoys great views and the hosts were very welcoming and helpful. Our double room was ensuite and we enjoyed delicious breakfasts each morning. We were able to borrow the owner's dog to take him for a short walk and the garden was a perfect place to relax.

I would definitely stay there again and strongly recommend the Nikau Lodge to others.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled with friends
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Toledo, OH
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Reviewed 4 April 2011

We had a wonderful time at this b&b. The location is great and the hosts were most hospitable. Our room, the crayfish, was spacious and the view was beautiful. We ate at the Bayside Blue Cafe and it was wonderful. The house is cozy and has a wonderful feel to it. The dog is friendly and loves to play, We were able to take advantage of the hot tub, which after a day of sight seeing was wonderful. Our breakfast was delicious and served in the beautiful dining room, which is attached to their newly update kitchen. The b&b also provides guest laundry. I would highly recommend Nikau to anyone who is looking for a great view, relaxing time and close to sight seeing and great restaurants. The hosts are great and we loved our stay!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Indian Hills, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 April 2011

Can't compare Nikau Lodge to anything else in Kaikoura as we were only there 2 days, but everything was top-notch and superbly friendly. As said in previous postings, Quentin and Jane are really helpful and relaxed, friendly hosts. My wife and I could have stayed there for a week as it would have been great to continue the friendship with this couple. We did a B&B tour of New Zealand by motorbike for 2 weeks; arriving at the Nikau Lodge was a welcome relief after some challenging riding on NZ's backroads. Our down to earth hosts had plenty of extra touches that we didn't find at some other B&Bs, most notably complimentary wine and beer and fantastic cookies! My wife's a pastry chef, she should know. Breakfast was hearty and delicious. Quentin and Jane work hard to make your experience comfy and relaxed and it shows in every way. Great location above town on the hill and plenty of opportunity to explore on foot from their gorgeous house. I would wholeheartedly recommend this B&B to anyone staying in Kaikoura and the hosts will go out of their way to make your time there a memorable one.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 30 March 2011

Such a wonderful stay! I was travelling the South Island with friends, and ended up at the fantastic Nikau Lodge. Quentin and Jane were so generous with their time and local knowledge. The breakfast provided was AMAZING, particularly Jane's homemade museli. The rooms were well-tended and spacious, with stunning views of the Kaikoura ranges. The overall experience could not have been better. We'll definitely be heading back to Nikau!

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with friends
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 March 2011

This was one of our favourite places we stayed at during our trip of the south island of New Zealand. We only stayed for one night, but it was excellent. We had a lovely room which looked right down the coast and at the mountains. It was a great welcome. Jane and Quentin provide a fridge for guests with wine and beers which was great when we arrived. The omlette we had for breakfast was the best my husband had ever had and was really nicely presented. Also Jane and Quentin are great hosts very relaxed and friendly. The room was spotless. I guess one comment (which is the same with most of the B&Bs we stayed in) is that there wasn't much space for hanging up clothes, but that didn't really bother us given we were there for just one night. If we were going back to Kaikoura we would without a doubt head back to Nikau Lodge!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, 1 April 2011
Thanks very much for your great review and very positive comments. We are glad that you mentioned the lack of hanging space for clothes because we have been working on that very problem over the last couple of weeks. Quentin has come up with some plans for nice wooden wardrobes that will be in keeping with the rooms. So he will now have to hone his carpentry skills again.
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Reviewed 26 March 2011

stayed at this B&B for a night recently and wanted to stay a lot longer. A quiet beautiful house with lovely gardens and close to the town center.They taught us a little bit about rugby while we watched a game with them. The breakfast was the best we had while in New Zealand. This is a wonderful area to visit and I wish our travel agent had arranged for us to stay here longer.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Nikau Lodge
Address: 53 Deal Street | close to State Hwy 1, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Nikau Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated 10 minutes walk from Kaikoura's main town centre, Nikau Lodge has magnificent views of the Kaikoura Mountain Range and the Ocean. Come relax in the lounge, unwind in the garden or just come for a good nights rest. Continental and Full Cooked Breakfast using fresh local produce is served to you in the morning. ... more   less 
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