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Absolute Waterfront

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9 Kaka Rd | South Bay, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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$120 (NZD)
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Louisville, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the "waterside', the smaller one bed room rental located to the side. While the view of the water from this apartment was limited, it was truly a well contained and very sufficient unit, nicely furnished that we found to be very handy and convenient. We had initially booked for one night but decided to stay for two.... More 

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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having only one night in Kaikoura we wanted to stay somewhere really nice but not too central. We chose Absolute Waterfront because of the reviews and the photos. It is just a few short metres from the beach on the quiet South Bay of Kaikoura. We had our own self-contained unit on the ground floor with full-width glass doors looking... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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69 reviews 69 reviews
15 hotel reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really enjoyed our stay at Absolute Waterfront. We had two nights in the Waterfront apartment, which was very clean and comfortable and kitted out with everything we needed for a very enjoyable weekend, including extra little touches like plunger coffee and chocolates. Absolute Waterfront is in South Bay over the other side of the peninsula from the main town so... More 

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Rosemary A, Owner at Absolute Waterfront, responded to this review

Thank you very much for writing, time is precious these days and we really appreciate such great comments, Very glad you had such a good time here in Kaikoura and were able to get out and about, and you are right about the ever changing light and landscape, we just need to be reminded now and again of just how... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying in Waterfront room for 2 nights in January 2015. We have booked it based on TripAdvisor recommendation and the reviews are no kidding! Rose and Woody are really amazing hosts! I couldn't describe it better! Our room was so spacious with beautiful interior decoration. My kids were having so much fun when Woody brought all of us... More 

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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The great experience at Rose and Woody's accommodation started right from when I first sent an inquiry to book it, right through our two night stay. Rose replied very promptly to confirm our booking and greeted us very warmly when we arrived. After being very helpful with local information and letting us know she would be available if we needed... More 

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Rosemary A, Owner at Absolute Waterfront, responded to this review

Very pleased you enjoyed your stay and thank you very much for such a wonderful and positive review of your experience here, we really do value and appreciate your comments and enjoyed your company. Hope to see you both again. More 

Mandurah, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Rose and Woody are delightful hosts of a beautifully situated apartment on the waterfront with a gorgeous view across the Pacific Ocean. I caught the light going down on one evening and have some really lovely photos as the light changed on the rocks. The apartment is lovely with everything you need including a very comfortable bed and plenty of... More 

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Rosemary A, Owner at Absolute Waterfront, responded to this review

Great to hear you really enjoyed your stay with us and thank you for your feedback. We have had such a lovely summer and some beautiful evenings for those photo opportunities, pleased you have some to remind you of your stay. Thank you both for staying here with us and our best regards More 

San Diego, CA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Rose and Woody were wonderful hosts who ensured we were well taken care of! Woody even invited me out on his boat to check his Rock lobster pots one evening! The waterfront apartment is well appointed and spacious with drop dead gorgeous views of the South Pacific Ocean. We took advantage of the full kitchen and ate in one of... More 

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Rosemary A, Owner at Absolute Waterfront, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking time to write, and it is certainly an amazing sea view today as the the swell from cyclone Pam has arrived via the Chatham Islands the sea is boiling and looks spectacular. We are also really pleased to hear that you had a great time here in Kaikoura and you never get tired of... More 

Mapleton, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Rose & Woody are wonderful hosts, full of helpful local information; Rose makes this place feel like "a home away from home" which is very rare in modern times. Lovely Room, top facilities, and beautiful location are all excellent and extremely comfortable and we would gladly recommend to all. Many thanks for our stay Rose. This was one of the... More 

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Rosemary A, Owner at Absolute Waterfront, responded to this review

We could do with a little of that Queensland sun today Lindee Anne it is rather chilly and the sea very rough, looks spectacular though. Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for writing us a wonderful review it is really appreciated. More 

St. Neots, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We stayed one night with Rose. She made us really welcome and was very helpful, especially with advice about the whale trips. We stayed in the Waterside unit which was tastefully decorated, well equipped and had a heater which we needed on that night. She even gave us Hokey Pokey ice cream which was amazing! Such a lovely lady, would... More 

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Rosemary A, Owner at Absolute Waterfront, responded to this review

Ha Ha good old hokey pokey ice cream, a real taste of New Zealand culture! I did wonder if you stopped on your way to the west coast for a larger helping, Thanks so much for writing such a lovely review and it was a pleasure to have you stay with us, Best regards More 

South England
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179 reviews 179 reviews
62 hotel reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The other reviews are correct. Its a great place to be with most excellent hosts. Don't even think about anywhere else. Grab a couple of sirloin steaks and some salad and eat in at this amazing location. Fine cliff walks from the door. Best place we stayed in NZ. Rooms are clean, bright and very very comfortable, with everything you... More 

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Rosemary A, Owner at Absolute Waterfront, responded to this review

Pleased you are home safe and sound, many thanks for such a glowing review and we enjoyed getting to know you both, I thought of your review last night as just on sunset the sky reflected a bright purple on the sea, it really was an amazing colour and we had never seen it like that previously, possibly as a... More 

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