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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 reviewed 2 days ago
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    5 of 5 stars
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  • Rooms
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed here for one night on our tour of the South Island and loved it. The apartment was fabulous with every possible thing you might need from fresh milk in the fridge to a washing machine and tumble dryer ( great when you have been away for 3 weeks!). And the views across to the sea and the mountains... More

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Rangiora, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Would definitely stay here again, in fact thinking of making another booking in 6 months time! Loved the room layout and the balcony, would be better in summer apart from the tourists! Very well appointed and managed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We loved Waves on the Esplanade! Immaculate room. Very spacious. Lovely bathrooms and bedrooms. Very well equipped. Excellent laundry facilities too. Amazing location and great views (from our room: room 9!) Liz was very helpful and friendly. Would highly recommend and definitely return.

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Verwood, United Kingdom
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15 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Waves was the most expensive motel accommodation we stayed at during our 6 week tour of New Zealand, but it was worth every penny (or cent). I understand that each apartment is privately owned with some being used for holiday letting which is well managed by Liz and Damer. Stayed here for 3 nights. The accommodation is large and extremely... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recently spend 2 nights in Kaikoura and were very happy with Waves. It was very large, clean (had a washer/dryer with laundry soap) and nicely located just outside the main street area but great walking distance to some lovely restaurants. Especially liked Passione in town (fabulous pizza and salads) and the Green Dolphin. Also highly recommend the Kaikoura Whale watching... More

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Ras Tanura
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed for one night but wished we had extended our stay for at least one more night at the Waves on the Esplanade and explored Kaikoura for longer - spectacular coastline, scenery, wildlife & nature walks/cycling. One day is just not enough. The Waves although on the more expensive side of accommodation in Kaikoura, the apartments are extremely well equipped,... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were thrilled when we opened the door .... It was beautiful!! Mum is 86 with dodgy knees and there was a lift up to our unit which was wonderful! We both caught terrible colds in NZ and the manager Liz went out of her way for us. She sent up medicine and a bottle of scotch. Liz was a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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35 hotel reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here for one night in their ‘Luxury’ unit, which was apartment #1. The apartment had a lounge and dining area with open plan kitchen, as well as two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. It ended up being loads of space for the two of us. There were pleasant ocean views from the lounge and there was a large... More

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in a two bedroom apartment for 2 nights and it was perfect. The apartments are beautifully designed so that all of them have balconies looking out over the ocean. Our apartment was classy, clean and very well equipped. Kaikoura must be one of the most spectacular places in the world.

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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We stayed three nights at Waves, Liz in reception welcoming and friendly. Great location, only 5 minutes walk from centre of town unless you feel like a nice dawdle and just take in the view of the mountains. Apartment we chose was spacious and had view of ocean and mountains, well maintained, absolutely spotless and great having washing machine and... More

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Additional Information about Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura

Also Known As:
Waves On The Esplanade Kaikoura Hotel
Waves On The Esplanade Kaikoura Hotel Kaikoura
Address: 78 The Esplanade, Kaikoura 7301, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
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 Luxury Hotel in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura 5*
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 
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