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Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura

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78 The Esplanade, Kaikoura 7301, New Zealand
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed staying here - not for a small budget, but the quality and views make it worth it. Fully equipped kitchen and very nicely decorated rooms and bathrooms. It's a short walk into town and slightly longer to the peninsula but still not far. The hosts were great and very accommodating when I made a mistake with the date... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really neat place to stay. Lucky to have good weather and a sweeping view of the Bay. The apartment was very clean, spacious and comfortable and we could have easily stayed for a few days longer. We will definitely be checking in here the next time we are this way.

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Picton, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The management recognised we were there for a birthday, and went out of their way to make sure we received an appropriate welcome, including arranging a cake on our behalf. The property has stunning views from quite large, sunny decks and from the apartment lounges. The apartments are very well appointed and have everything required for a pleasant stay. They... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a delight to arrive late evening to such welcoming hosts .Myself with my daughter and two grandchildren 14 & 9 years were most impressed when we walked into our beautiful warmed apartment on the 3rd floor . The impressive high quality linen on such comfortable beds was evident at first glance . All new amenities throughout made our stay... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our 2 bedroomed apartment on the 2nd floor had wonderful views of the mountains and the sea. Great for sitting and appreciating with a glass of wine in hand. Although cold out, we were cosy inside with good heating. The kitchen was well appointed and everything was really clean. The hosts were friendly and fun. I highly recommend this as... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed for three nights and had a totally positive experience. The managers were friendly and extremely helpful. The place was spotlessly clean and had everything you might need. The kitchen had everything a home might have. The separate washer and dryer were wonderful and there was even washing powder provided. We stayed in #10 and it had a stunning... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We really enjoyed our stay here recently! The location was fantastic with beautiful views from the balcony. The apartment was immaculately clean and spacious, with gorgeous fresh linen and new amenities. The staff were so friendly and helpful, especially Liz who went out of her way to help us. We would highly recommend a stay at Waves!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Property is ok, relatively spacious rooms and tidy, but the interactions with the owners ranged from a uncomfortable to rude. The lady made some off-the-cuff comments that were a bit awkward, but that wasn't a big deal, we put that down to a difference in sense on humour. However, the man was incredibly arrogant and condescending, as if it was... More 

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WavesKaikoura, Owner at Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura, responded to this review

Hello Dana, I have checked our records and you have not stayed here. If you look at our other reviews I think that you will find that your review shows that quite clearly. I would also point out that you do not get the number one rating + a 5 Star Qualmark rating for anything but a high standard. Thank-you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Perfectly good value for money accommodation, but the last thing you want after a long days travel is to be subject to a variety of off-colour jokes and feeble attempts at humour over far too prolonged a period when checking in. The resident 'jester' (a grandmother nursing her admittedly photogenic grandchild) might also be reminded that casting aspersions on the... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

My son and I drove 2000+ miles in New Zealand recently and stayed in 11 places with different price ranges. This place was a great place to stop at sunset after taking the ferry from North Island. This place advertises apartment style and my son and I each had our own room. The place has a living room with windows... More 

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