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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
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Taupo, New Zealand
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our second visit to Kaikora and second stay at WAVES. Last time we stayed 3 nights but this time we were passing through on our way to Christchurch and could only stay 1 night. My opinions are unchanged and these are without doubt among the nicest apartments I have stayed in in the South Island. The welcome and management are... More 

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Washington DC
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed our stay here. Very nice apartment with all the amenities - including washer and dryer (soap too!). Great location. The nicest of the hotel/motels in this area by far. Liz and her husband couldn't have been friendlier. We called and changed our reservation and they bent over backwards to accommodate us. Internet was fast but limited - but... More 

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Rossendale
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What can I say, absolute perfection from the greeting by the friendly Host to checking out. The location is superb and our apartment was immaculate and spacious with a great sea view, I cannot praise this place enough. It really felt like home from home. We ate Crayfish on the balcony, life doesnt get any better. We are a familly... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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81 reviews 81 reviews
40 hotel reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We stayed one night at the Waves on the Esplanade in Kaikoura. The apartments are stylish in a modern sense, and there is a heart warming story behind the establishment of the hotel. We were a couple, so our apartment was Way too big for our needs, thus we over paid for our room, however, the size of the suites... More 

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Kaiapoi, New Zealand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We stayed here with friends in a two bedroom apartment last year and were very impressed with the accommodation. It was spacious, well laid out and had stunning views overlooking the sea. Our host was a delight to talk to and we immediately felt comfortable in her presence. She had a wealth of knowledge on where to go, what to... More 

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Wellington
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

This is a great spot to stay in Kaikoura - close to shops, cafe a few minutes away but also peaceful and quiet. The apartment was very comfortable and well laid out. Views from the balcony are wonderful. All our interactions with the hosts were great..highly recommended.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We were 2 couples (plus 1) and this place was wonderful; --Large 2 bedroom unit with well equipped kitchen, washer and dryer and porch overlooking the Pacific. Extremely well designed. --Friendly service from eccentric and funny couple (especially Liz) who owned the Apartments. Very helpful during reservation process, choosing activities. We added a 5th person at the last minute and... More 

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Aston Clinton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Just staying one night here for a whale watch cruise in the morning. Apartment great and well equipped. Good recommendations for fish and chips and wine on the balcony overlooking the sea Well worth the stay as able to catchup with washing and drying of travel clothes

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Singapore, Singapore
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16 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We spend just one great and comfortable night at the Waves on the Esplanade. The welcome was excellent and hilarious. The Farrell's are excellent guests. The apartment was perfect for our family of four; spacious, clean, well provide and with great views.

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San Antonio, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Our small group spent two nights at Waves and were very pleased with the accommodations as well as the helpfulness of the on site management. The units were clean, very convenient, and well appointed. Internet service worked well. We loved the balcony and the view of the surrounding mountains. The peaks had a dusting of snow our first morning there.... More 

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