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Clearwater Motel

168 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Next to a not very attractive pebble beach. Limited parking. Quiet, I could hear the waves at night. 20 minute walk into town centre where there is plenty of catering & shops. Accommodation basic. Lounge/kitchen, few utensils/crockery, microwave, fridge, kettle, toaster. Small TV (limited stations) sofa, table & four chairs. Very small bathroom, just sink & shower. Separate WC. Soap... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We went to Kaikoura races and needed a place to stay for the night. we pre-booked and when we arrived I was taken aback by the facade but hey NEVER JUDGE A BOOM BY IT'S COVER. We were a party of 3 in 2 rooms and The owners were very helpful and accommodating. Ned was comfy and the facilities very... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

The Clearwater Motel is perfectly located on the Esplanade - the beach road of Kaikoura. If you are lucky you get one of the two sea-view apartments. We were fortunate as the price was under 90NZ$ - which was by far the best value for money we could find on the sea view side. There is a hostel charging 30NZ$... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

Amongst the swarm of motels on the beach strip at esplanade in the Kaikoura peninsula, the best thing about the motel is the price.$110 for a double occupancy unit during the christmas season was a bargain. Units are old yet spacious. Interiors are cosmetically maintained with a bad insulation a probable turn off during cold nights. The kitchenette is spacious... More 

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Curitiba, Brazil
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Kaikoura has a gorgeous beach area and this motel is one of the many along the beach. \Spectacular to sit and watch the water - just don't stay in The Clearwater. It's so run down it isn't funny. We have been in motels across both islands for 4 weeks now and this was the worst by far. The shower was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Classic kiwiana .. great location and awesome views .. nice and quiet away from the town but close enough if you want anything .. clean, comfortable and the host is very welcoming and friendly and happy to share useful tips for the area .. and the price is great given the views .. made for a great weekend away ..... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

Uninterrupted views of the sea and the Kaikoura mountain range from a double waterfront unit. The unit itself was dated, but it is classic Kiwiana. (Think of a well-worn bach near a beach with a great view). It has the basics if you are staying on your way through the town - heater, electric blanket, microwave, fridge, small CRT TV.... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

My husband I travelled through out the South Island during our holiday and stayed at many motels during the months of January 2011. Our stay in Kaikoura was very enjoyable. There was much to do and see during our stay there. We stayed at the Clearwater Motels for 2 nights and we really did enjoy our stay at this motel.... More 

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Saitama, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

If you are into a motels that have WiFi, 40+ channels of SkyTV, hottubs, then go stay there!!!... The Clearwater is like a favourite pair of jeans or shoes, that no matter how tatty they appear, you feel good in them, it is a classic 1950's bohemian feeling New Zealand motel... yeah sure, the garden needs a tidy up, and... More 

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