If you’re looking for a nice place to stay in Kaikoura, you’ll be pleased to know there are plenty of options available for all budgets, tastes and travel needs. The very best of these range from charming boutique settings to hospitable self-catered units. Here’s a showcase of the finest offerings in this eco-friendly New Zealand destination.
Touted as the only boutique hotel in town, Kaikoura Boutique Hotel is ideally located right by the waterfront and is handy to a number of attractions like Fyffe House and Kaikoura Museum. There are 12 smoke-free rooms to choose from, many of which face the hotel’s lovely courtyard garden. The Historic Waterfront Room is where you’ll get to soak up the waterfront vistas — and you might even catch sight of the dolphins on the odd occasion. Breakfast is complimentary for all guests and includes freshly-made barista coffee every morning.
With five smoke-free guestrooms, stunning mountain views and a manicured veranda, Nikau Lodge is the ideal choice for those wanting a retreat that’s not secluded from all of Kaikoura’s action. If you want to mingle with other like-minded guests, there’s a shared lounge with satellite TV and a roaring fireplace to warm up next to in the snowy winters. Fully cooked breakfasts are available every morning, home baking is offered as a complimentary treat for all guests and the accommodation can arrange courtesy pick-ups and drop-offs upon request.
For those looking for a private, intimate setting, Bendamere House Bed and Breakfast is the ideal option. There are five ensuites to choose from, all of which are equipped with tea and coffee facilities, fridges, TVs, air conditioning, plush beds and electric blankets. On top of that, each room has its own private balcony with breathtaking sea and mountain views. Homemade baking and spreads can be enjoyed in the communal dining area when the continental breakfasts are ready to be served.
Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge is well regarded thanks to its quiet, peaceful demeanor and centralised location. The motel comprises 20 self-contained rooms, ranging from single studios to two-bedroom units, plus three special accommodation options devised to be fully wheelchair friendly. All guests get to enjoy the lodge’s solar-heated swimming pools, sauna, barbecue area and the playground that’s right next to the premises. Some rooms are also fitted with their own spas and air conditioning for additional comfort. There are conference facilities available for hire if you’re in Kaikoura to mark a special occasion.
Koura Bay Lodge has everything you would look for in a countryside retreat: welcoming staff, incredible views, plus a golf course and a restaurant for a truly well-rounded stay. Kaikoura locals and visitors alike rate the food quite highly here — the restaurant is particularly renowned for its freshly-made seafood dishes. As for accommodation, the lodge has six rooms on offer: the two-sleeper ensuites, which are fitted with king size beds, flat screen TVs and modern bathrooms, and the deluxe family rooms which sleep up to three people. Naturally, room rates include full access to the golf course.
Alpine View Motel is a good go-to on a hot summer day: it is right next to the beach, and there is a spacious outdoor barbecue area for guests wanting to relish the extended sunshine hours with their families or travel companions. Being outside the main street, the motel also enjoys plenty of peace and quiet without foregoing the essential facilities. There are 12 self-contained apartments available, ranging from single studios to one- and two-bedroom family lodgings.
Bella Vista Motel offers a good base for some of Kaikoura’s best activities: it is just a five-minute walk from the town centre as well as being 10 minutes away from the main whale and dolphin encounter tour operators. Room options range from single Queen Studios to four-sleeper bedroom suites — all of which come with their own tea/coffee making amenities, toaster, fridge and some basic cooking facilities. Onsite parking is free, and families with globe-trotting tots can request cribs, high chairs and interconnecting rooms if needed.
The White Morph offers self-contained accommodation options with a luxurious flair. Its location on Kaikoura’s Esplanade means that guests are always surrounded by the town’s exquisite ocean vistas. Five-star rooms come with their own spa pools, and some even have their own private balconies to allow guests to bask at those postcard-worthy views. Four-star accommodation options include fully furnished family apartments, deluxe upstairs bedroom suites and garden studios for solo travellers wanting an extra layer of comfort.