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Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura

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78 The Esplanade, Kaikoura 7301, New Zealand
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      5 of 5 stars
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    Auckland Region, New Zealand
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    5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

    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 1 week 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 2 weeks ago

    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 3 weeks ago

    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 3 weeks ago

    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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    Incline Village, Nevada
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    4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    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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    Portland, Oregon
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    5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    We stayed at the Waves in May on our 4-week NZ adventure. Being 4 adults an apartment style space was far better than 2 bedrooms. The living room was a great planning area. We saved money by making breakfast and either dinner or late-night snacking the kitchen. The property is fairly new & has easy access to the fun things... More 

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    Nelson, New Zealand
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    1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

    We had to travel from Cristchurch to Picton and we believed that Kaikoura it is a great place to stay over the night. Was a bad decision, when we stop about 9:00pm in front of Waves on the Esplanade in Kaikoura. Looks alright on exterior and we believed that we can do a booking on the phone. The man responding... More 

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

    I am surprised by this review from guests who did not stay here. There is no man here at the moment, just me. He is away in Christchurch for 8 weeks radiation treatment for cancer so I think you maybe confused about who you spoke to and where you were. Kind regards Liz Farrell More 

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    5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

    We had two nights here, and I would live in a unit like this. Staff at reception were very friendly, and took us up to our room (on the 3rd floor) and showed us around. This was a two bedroom suite, so there was two bathrooms as well, one containing the clothes washer and dryer.The living area is large, we... More 

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    London, United Kingdom
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    5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

    Very warm and friendly welcome. Although booked as a 1 bed apartment, they are in fact 2 bedrooms so very spacious. Very well-equipped and comfortable with balcony and great sea view. Parking onsite. About 15 minutes brisk walk from the whale watching HQ and an easy walk to the seal colony in the other direction.

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