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“A brilliant place to stay in beautiful Kaikoura”
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Nikau Lodge
Ranked #4 of 32 Kaikoura B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Preston, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“A brilliant place to stay in beautiful Kaikoura”
Reviewed 2 August 2013

As part of a 2-month trip around New Zealand, I wanted to visit the Kaikoura peninsula for the local whales and dolphins. Nikau Lodge looked pleasant, boasted mountain views and was within easy walking distance from town, so I booked 3 nights in the Seal Suite.

Quentin and Jane made my stay very enjoyable: they picked me up from the bus stop, drove me to the beginning of the Kaikoura Coastal Track and suggested sightseeing options. I plumped for a terrific 'Wings over Whales' tour during which our pilot showed us two large sperm whales. The Coastal Walk is well worth doing on a sunny day, taking you through stunning scenery. It also takes you past 'The Green Dolphin' restaurant which serves up freshly caught crayfish (you can see the pots from the coast).

The home cooked and continental breakfast options were really good and I took delight in sampling a couple of Quentin's movies as well as a few complimentary glasses of wine taken from bottles in the fridge outside the rooms.

Overall, I am very pleased that I decided to stay there and would definitely recommend the Bed and Breakfast.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, 14 August 2013
Thank you very much for your great recommendation. We do recommend the coastal walk to our guests, we think it is one of the best short walks in New Zealand and are happy to give our guests a ride to the start of it.
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

My family stayed at Nikau Lodge this winter. We love it and missed it very much! Quentin and Jane, the hosts are superb. They are friendly and helpful! The whale room we stayed in is very cosy and is full of home-style! The breakfast prepared is delicious, I specially like the egg Benedict and the home-made marmalade. My boy misses Jack, the dog very much. They even prepare the hot pool for us on a rainy day!

  • Stayed July 2013
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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, 14 August 2013
Thank you very much for your wonderful review and we are very glad you enjoyed your stay here. Jack enjoyed your family too, he enjoys having guests to play with!
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

We have just stayed at Nikau Lodge recently and had a fantastic experience. You could not find a more friendly host anywhere. The owners are exceptionally helpful and offer great advice on local attractions and dining. We had difficultly booking a dolphin company and Jane was very helpful phoning back and forth to the dolphin company for us to assure it was going ahead.

The rooms are clean and large with superb views of the ocean and mountains. The mountains were particular spectacular during our stay as they were snow covered. You are provided toiletries and towels as well as robes. The beds are also SUPER comfy.

The breakfasts are wonderfully delicious, but make sure you have your appetite! The hosts like to fill you up!

There are nice little touches that make this place fantastic to stay. Complementary wine and beer in the fridge and Quentin baked some biscuits and brought some to us.

Overall I highly recommend this place. Great facilities and great people!!!

(Their dog 'Jack' is as friendly as the owners!)

  • Stayed July 2013
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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, 16 July 2013
Thank you very much for your excellent review. It was fantastic that you did manage to go Dolphin Swimming and we were very happy to help with your booking.
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

We stayed at Nikau Lodge en route to Wellington and enjoyed a very comfortable bed in a spacious room that boasted great views. The hosts were welcoming and friendly, they treated us to a glass of wine and were good company which made the evening special.

After a great breakfast we were on our way to the ferry but we intend to make the Nikau Lodge a regular visit on our regular travels around the South Island.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, 20 June 2013
Thank you very much for the great review and we are very happy that you found your room comfortable. We know how important it is to have a good quality bed for optimum confort.
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Nikau B&B lodge while attending the celebrations at the Marae across the road for business. (We own a filming company) Our one night planned stay turned into two nights. We were very happy to stay another night so we could actually relax and have a chance to sit down chill out and get to know our hosts. As a kiwi myself I feel that Quentin and Jane are fabulous hosts and an asset to my country's tourism. The warm friendly atmosphere fantastic warm rooms and very comfortable beds made our stay perfect. The breakfast is just terrific and Quentin even cooked us a little surprise evening meal after our long busy day filming which was way above and beyond the call of the B&B duty. All up a fantastic stay.
A great way to sample "Kiwi" hospitality with the fantastic surroundings of Kaikoura NZ.
I fully recommend the Nikau Lodge B&B

Room Tip: All rooms were nice we stayed in the Dolphin room first night and the Whale room second night (It ha...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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NikauLodge, Manager at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, 20 June 2013
We are very pleased you enjoyed our "Kiwi" hospitality. We are very proud to be a 100% New Zealand owned and operated B&B. Look for the 100% NZ banner on our website.
Thank you very much for your review.
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Ballarat, Australia
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

We stayed 1 night last month on our way to Picton, and was blown away by the location and spectacular views from the room.
The hosts were fantastic and very helpful, and the gourmet breakfast was better than at some of the best hotels that I have stayed at.
Thanks you for a great experience and we will be back.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, 28 May 2013
So pleased you enjoyed our breakfast. We enjoy cookiing for our guests. We look forward to seeing you both again.
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

I stayed at Nikau Lodge for a few nights just recently and I truly can't fault the experience. The rooms were lovely with spectacular views and the breakfasts were delicious! Quentin and Jane were amazing hosts, and with lots of little special details and touches, I felt right at home. Would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, 28 May 2013
Thank you very much for your complimentary reviw. We are very pleased you felt at home.
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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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