We stayed here for three nights and was maybe one of the highlits of our 3 week holiday in New Zealand. Skipping over the fact we swam with hundreds of dolphins and went whale watching by helicopter, thef reason to stay at Awatea is its great, peaceful location, set in beautiful scenic location, with great animals to play with and run by one of the nicest women you could possibly meet. Please bare in mind that this place is located a good ten minute drive from the main strip but on the basis the main Kaikoura strip itself is a good half hour walk the chances are you would be driving to a restaurant at night anyway. The house is set 100 metres or so down a track from the main road, surrounded by a mountain backdrop, open fields and the sea in the near distance. The place is owned and run by Alison, a lovely woman with all ther info you could need. The rooms are clean and our room, the red room, had a little terrace looking out to the mountains. To one side of the house is a field with Alison's animals in which when we stayed were 2 horses, a huge pig, a shetland pony, 2 alpacas, some chickens, ducks and a goat. They were hilarious and played and argued with each other like a strange disfunctional family. My Mrs could have stayed there a week and played with them alone.
Referring to an earlier review regarding the 'noisy road' I'd like to say we had the room facing that main road and we didnt hear a thing. Ever. Not a single time. Muppet.
So in short, come to Kaikoura, stay with Alison at Awatea, play with the animals and enjoy your stay.
If I can come back to my review at a later date I'll update this to include some photos. It really was a beautiful place to stay. My advice would be to stay here out of the main town and let Alison take care of you. She does a wicked brekky and on top of your own bedroom you have a large living room with a tv and a large collection of films.
Thanks Alison. Cheers. Gary and Tanja
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