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Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura
Ranked #8 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Reviewed 2 May 2013

We are a family of 2 adults and 2 kids. The family unit was a bit on the small side, but manageable as the kids had a seperate bedroom. Staff were friendly and very helpful, reccommending suitable activities for us. There was alot of road noise in the night as the motel is on the main road, but otherwise was nice and quite. Also had a bbq area/courtyard and grassed area for kids to play on.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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BellaVistaKaikoura, Manager at Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 5 May 2013

Thank you for taking time to review our motel and we look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed 3 April 2013

Friendly femaie host who seemed interested in my stay and journey. Motel is up the hill from the town centre but that was fine. Room was small but I knew that beforehand but not sure what i would have got if I paid a little bit extra as can't believe that would have been much bigger? WiFi is limited to 50MB per day and had to take laptop onto outside stairwell to get an improved connection - there are places in the town to get unlimited WiFi.

Not sure I will get a chance elsewhere on the site to say that Peninsula Walkway is a must do - fantastic views.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled solo
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BellaVistaKaikoura, Manager at Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2013

We are pleased you got to enjoy the peninsula walkway, we also highly recommend it to everyone that visits us here and is one of the best things to see and do in Kaikoura. We have many room type options here and the room you booked was indeed our smallest and cheapest. There is a considerable difference in room size when upgrading to the next room type. Regarding Wifi, our main hotspots are the outside courtyard and in the office/reception area. It does depend on the device you are using as some people easily get good connection inside the units. You can use as much Wifi as you like as it is purchased in 50mb vouchers, if it runs out you can still buy more if you choose.

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Reviewed 21 March 2013

The room was although small was cosy, clean and very comfortable. The young couple who managed the motel were professional, friendly and very much customer orientated.
Free internet was provided that did not always work. The motel was a short distance to the local Whale Watch Station. We both went sperm whale watching, this was phenomenal and exhilarating, thoroughly recommendable to see.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Miro P
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BellaVistaKaikoura, Manager at Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2013

Thank you for your review and kind comments, we appreciate you taking time to share your opinion. Happy travels :)

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Reviewed 14 March 2013

We booked directly with the motel

Reasons for booking

- Very helpful and prompt response on the mail
- Highly competitive rates esp when combined with the Wings Over Whales flight [ substantial discount combo ]
- Easy walking to Four square supermarket , Isite , Esplanade , Shopping street , Whale Watch
- Two minutes drive to airport , aquarium and lookout point
- Part of a big national chain but obviously very lovingly managed by a family
- Ample parking , right on the Highway 1 from Christchurch , close to both the petrol pumps
- Full kitchenette , huge family room


Reasons for a very strong recommendation

- All of the above
- The heavenly Jacuzzi bathtub for that tired limbs soak after driving from Fox Glacier
- Hosts Penny and josh - their boundless willingness to help and guide , take in all requests , very cheerful attitude - they do love their vocation .

The main road has some heavy traffic till 1100 PM - keep the windows shut if you plan to call an early end to the day .

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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BellaVistaKaikoura, Manager at Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2013

Thank you so much for taking time to write such a positive review for us. We were very pleased to meet you and so glad to hear you found our service and rooms of quality and comfort. It is my recommended way to view our wonderful whales here in Kaikoura - with Wings over Whales by plane. I love your photo you have shared with us :)

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Reviewed 10 March 2013

Our hostess, Penny, picked us up at the train station right on time as scheduled; she gave us an informative 10-min narrated driving tour of the town on the way to the motel. She willingly and pleasantly helped us plan our day; for instance, she checked the weather and suggested (absolutely correctly) that we should do our outdoor activities today (beautiful) rather than the next day (chilly and rainy). The room was immaculate.

We hope that no one reading this encounters the following issue, but Penny handled our problem very compassionately and professionally. We were tourists from USA and received a phone call from home (death in family) requiring us to re-arrange our NZ travel plans and fly back to the USA immediately. Penny was extremely helpful as we worked to change our train, ferry, and plane reservations, as well as hotels and tours.

Strongly recommended!

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Dave S
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BellaVistaKaikoura, Manager at Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2013

Thank you for taking time to give us this lovely review. It was really nice to meet you both and so sad you had to rush off early with terrible circumstance. Hopefully in the future you may make it back down to NZ and we can see you again :)

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Reviewed 10 March 2013

We stayed at this property during a two week trip to New Zealand.
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This motel is run by a couple with two young children and they do a great job of keeping it clean and in good condition. This is a motel but it is a well run motel.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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BellaVistaKaikoura, Manager at Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2013

Thank you for your nice review :) We really enjoy what we do here and having positive feedback makes it all worth it.

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Reviewed 9 March 2013

Sorry for the late feedback. We stayed here in October and had an incredible time! We had my one year old son and intellectually disabled brother with us and to say that Penny and Josh went out of their way was an understatement! Penny picked us up from the train and from that moment we were made to feel totally at home. I had spoken to Penny on the phone before booking accommodation and I liked her straight away. She recommended we get adjoining room as there were 5 of us and even offered me use of her daughter's stroller! The motel was spotless and we thoroughly enjoyed the 3 nights we stayed there. Penny was extremely welcoming towards my brother and she even drove us to see the seals, Josh cooked us a delicious breakfast. We want to come back now!! :)

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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BellaVistaKaikoura, Manager at Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2013

Thank you for your lovely review :) It was really nice to meet you and all your family, I was more than happy to spend some extra time with you all and help out. I hope the rest of your trip home went well and it would be great to see you all again sometime!

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Additional Information about Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura

Address: 45 - 47 Churchill Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Wheelchair access
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Ranked #8 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Price Range: £79 - £127 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Bella Vista Motel in Kaikoura has 18 units. Compact studios with tea and coffee making facilities, accessible units with microwaves, standard queen studios with kitchenettes, king studios with kitchenettes, Spa bath studio with a king bed and kitchenette through to 1 bedroom units with spa baths and cooking facilities. ... more   less 
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