We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 20 Kaikoura hotels

Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura

5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   78 The Esplanade, Kaikoura 7301, New Zealand
Hotel website
Hotel amenities
Save Saved
You added Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura to your Saves list
Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 2 more sites!
97%
Ranked #1 of 20 hotels in Kaikoura
A recent review
5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
RRC_1976 Singapore, Singapore
  • Overview
  • Reviews (308)
  • Photos (64)
  • Similar Hotels
  • Amenities
  • Q&A
  • Room tips (60)
  • Location
  • More
true
Write a Review

308 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    272
    29
    3
    0
    4
See reviews for
113
108
4
4
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (60)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
199 reviews 199 reviews
39 hotel reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

excellent value for money; very nice location on the esplanade and every room will have a view of the pacific - how much you can see will vary but every balcony will give you a chance to sit and have drink looking out over the sea; i guess from some rooms maybe even the bedrooms may have asea view especially... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Townsville, Australia
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful view from our room of snow on mountains. This is such a pretty little town and a perfect place to stay in Kaikoura. Rooms were large clean and had everything that you could need. The only thing preventing a 5 star review is the stairs to get to top floor not a big issue but with 5 bags a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
8 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks 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 !

Was this review helpful? Yes
Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
19 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Noosa, Australia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura

Address: 78 The Esplanade, Kaikoura 7301, New Zealand
Phone Number:
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura 5*
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Priceline, HotelsClick, Agoda and BookingOdigeoWL so you can book your Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Waves On The Esplanade Kaikoura Hotel Kaikoura

64 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

Viewed
All traveler photos (58)
Viewed
Room/suite (10)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (4)
Viewed
View from room (13)
Viewed
Dining (2)
Viewed
Bathroom (1)
Viewed
Pool/beach area (1)
Viewed
Other (27)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

Viewed
All management photos (7)
Viewed
Hotel & grounds (1)
Viewed
Room/suite (1)
Viewed
View from room (4)
Viewed
Other (1)
Hotels you might also like...
Check In Check Out
Price Your Stay
Select tags to find the hotel that's right for you.
All
hotels in Kaikoura with
any amenities

Amenities

Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style
#1 Family Hotel in Kaikoura #1 Romantic Hotel in Kaikoura #1 Luxury Hotel in Kaikoura
Hotel Class
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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 
Number of rooms
11

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura staff and past guests.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Can tickets for local attractions be purchased at the front desk?
  • Do you have to pay extra for a mini-fridge?
  • At what time does the pool open each day?

See which rooms travelers prefer