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Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   78 The Esplanade, Kaikoura 7301, New Zealand
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The apartment we stayed in at Waves (No. 4) was stunning, with views of both the sea and the snow capped mountains. Ideal location for walking into Kaikoura. A very friendly welcome and wonderful place to stay. Worth spending time relaxing in the gorgeous apartment, as well as using it as a base for sightseeing.

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Sydney, Australia
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92 reviews 92 reviews
8 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful modern 2 king beds 2 ensuite . Free outdoor spa, best location in Kaikoura, highly recommend Brilliant kitchen, everything you could need, the perfect accommodation especially in winter, heaters, electric blankets, perfect !

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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The owner: Liz and her husband are very nice. I've keep changing dates and yet they were still nice. Location is the best in Kaikoura, cause positioned right in the middle of the beach front street. Nearby within walking distance, you could find several decent restaurants. Rooms' interiors are still new. The warmers which are the most important element during... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

beatiful 2 bed apt., modern, new, great taste, it has anything you need and more in the beautiful kitchen, comfortable new couches for the entire family, large bedrooms with luxury linen, washing machine and dryer in one of the 2 bathrooms, outstanding vies to the beach. the hosts at the reception are kind, caring, and just a pleasure to meet.... More

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Noosa, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was the best apartment style accomodation we had on a month trip. The unit was out standing, very we'll fitted out with all the amenities you need for a base on holidays. Situated just near dolphin encounter offices, right across from the water and easy walking distance into town where there was lots of little cafés, pubs etc.... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We checked in for one night - we were welcomed by fantastic hosts. The apartments were very comfortable with great views do the snow-caped mountains and beach.The king sized beds were very comfortable and the apartments had everything needed for an enjoyable stay. We would have happily stayed there for on week. Thank you to the wonderful hosts for a... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We really enjoyed our three day stay; couldn't have been better. We had read the reviews before selecting the Waves, and after only a short time there we realised that it is the pick of the places to stay in Kaikoura. Certainly it is a bit more expensive than others nearby, (although this was helped by a winter-time deal), but... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We arrived to a very nice warm welcome. Our apartment was spacious, warm, clean and luxurious. It was so nice that we got takeaways for dinner, (even though there is a well catered for kitchen) and sat looking out at the sea, so peaceful. King size beds in both rooms very comfy. Washing machine and dryer in cupboard in second... More

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Hillsborough, California
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21 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Helpful and friendly hosts, very welcoming and knowledgeable about the area. Suggested several places to go to see seals and seal pups, great suggestions that only locals seemed to know about. Spacious living/dining area, provided fresh milk for plunger coffee. Views from living room are nice but need to go out on balcony and peer around partition to get better... More

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32 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This is an apartment with the most awesome view of the ocean. The apartment is well appointed clean and luxurious. The lifts work so no problem in carrying luggage to the apartment. The insulation and heating was also good. There is a Café next door, which is nice and other good restaurants are within 20-30 minutes walk. The only negative... More

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

Dear Sir Many thanks for your glowing review. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay. I would just like to clarify your remarks about servicing. Servicing is covered clearly in the compendium in each apartment. These are 'unserviced' apartments BUT, we will always do a service if requested for a nominal charge to cover staff time. You did not... More

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Address: 78 The Esplanade, Kaikoura 7301, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
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Hotel Class:5 star — Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura 5*
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Waves apartments all have two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The main bedroom has a king-size bed and an ensuite bathroom, and the second bedroom can be either a second king-size bed or twin single beds.The second bathroom contains full laundry facilities.All apartments have a fully equipped kitchen opening out to a spacious dining and living-room area.Large glass doors open up for outdoor dining on a large private balcony with views to the sea.Each apartment has a DVD player, stereo system and Sky TV for guest entertainment.FREE Wi-Fi (200MB) is available along with the use of a laptop should you require that.For outdoor pursuits, we have available sea kayaks, bikes, skateboards and other sports equipment for hire. In the evening you can take a stroll along the beach or into town, which is just 5 minutes away.We have an outdoor spa and BBQ area that is private and relaxing. A minute's stroll along the waterfront will bring you to 'Cafe Encounter' where you can enjoy award-winning café-style food. Breakfast from 7am.Tennis courts are just a two-minute walk away.Skate park — you can view it from your balcony. ... more   less 
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