We stayed in one of the two cabins, and we were the only guests. The cabins, the camp sites, and the kitchen all looked out over a gorgeous, sweeping and bucolic valley of ranches, horse properties, and the like. We were free to walk across the fields. My wife appreciated that, despite the proximity of sheep and cows, the cabin admitted no sounds (or drafts). We had been horrified by the cramped nature of our only camping experience at a holiday park in New Zealand, so we really appreciated the solitude and expansiveness of Waikene. The drive to Kaikoura took about 20 minutes.
The bathrooms and kitchen were quite clean, and everything, including the hot water, worked. We had use of a microwave, refrigerator, dishes, barbecue grill, and tables, including one sealed off from the biting flies.
The friendly managers did not force us out at 10 AM.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Waikene Lodge is a rural retreat on 2200ha of rugged farm land, nestled between the Inland and Seaward Kaikoura Ranges. Alpine Pacific Triangle. Extensive tracks suitable for tramping and mountain biking. All rooms are spacious with en-suite bathrooms (3 with spa bath). Unsurpassed views of snow-capped mountains. Camping facilities also available. ... more less