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9 Kaka Rd | South Bay, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #5 of 34 Kaikoura B&B and Inns
Merrimac, Wisconsin
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“Great Accomodation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

My husband and I have spent and stayed at many B&B's over the past several years in Australia and New Zealand and have not experienced one as nice as Absolute Waterfront. As a travel consultant I have inspected many accommodations throughout the USA and would have to rate this accommodation as one of the top that I have visited. Rose and Woody are outstanding hosts and do everything possible to make your stay a memorable one. I will continue to highly recommend this to my clients when they visit the south island.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rosemary A, Owner at Absolute Waterfront, responded to this review, January 25, 2014
thank you so much for such a wonderful review, it is so nice to know that people have had a great time staying here and it is really appreciated.
It is also great to hear that we are on the right track regarding hosting folk and it makes it easy when we have guests that get out and about and enjoy all our lovely area has to offer,
We would welcome you again any time and wish you well.
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We only stayed one night in October en route to Nelson from Christchurch. I had made a mistake with the date and so we turned up 5 days early!! Fortunately, Rose had our apartment sorted and could not have been kinder or more welcoming.
There had been snow the previous day and everywhere looked absolutely stunning.
We had been to Kaikoura in the summer a few years ago, but South Bay is much more peaceful and beautiful - especially in late winter. We wish you could have stayed longer to do some of the lovely walks.
Thank you again, Rose!

Room Tip: The water view apartment is well worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rosemary A, Owner at Absolute Waterfront, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
Thank you so much for your review, I hope you do get a chance to visit again in the future you will be very welcome
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

My wife & I spent three nights at Rose & Woodys fabulous getaway. We have had the great pleasure of staying there before & know that even a few days with them will re-charge our batteries with marvellous memories.
The accommodation is superbly comfortable in an idyllic setting that allows one to just laze or wander the hills & bays breathing the clear air only found in that part of our wonderful country. Many thanks Rose for the spotless unit & thank you Woody for "letting" me help you "haul 'em aboard". We WILL be back.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rosemary A, Owner at Absolute Waterfront, responded to this review, December 19, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to review us it is really appreciated especially at such a busy time of the year, have a great Christmas and we will look forward to seeing you both again.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

We had 2 nights at this accommodation. Spotlessly clean and all the equipment to self cater is available. Area is stunning, could not fault it. Overcome my fear of boats and water thanks to Woody! Rose is a font of knowledge about the area. We will definately be back.

Room Tip: Stay in the waterfront unit, it has a beautiful view. Worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Rosemary A, Owner at Absolute Waterfront, responded to this review, November 22, 2013
Thank you for your wonderful review and it's great to know you really enjoyed your stay, and of course you are very welcome to come again. Hope you enjoyed the boating in the Marlborough sounds as well.
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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

We found it by chance and we couldn't have been luckier. Excellent location, in a typical authentic environment. Lovely decorated, charming, welcoming, relaxed, VERY clean... no words, a place to go and enjoy it. Owners extremely friendly. We had a great stay, we fell in love with it. Totally recommendable

Room Tip: you can choose any of the options with your eyes closed, you will always be right
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rosemary A, Owner at Absolute Waterfront, responded to this review, November 18, 2013
Thank you both very much for staying with us here in South Bay and your wonderful review
Hope you enjoy the football match on Wednesday will be keeping an eye on the results in future
Go Spain
Go mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

I have stayed at these lovely spotless apartments several times and each time I have not been disappointed, if you are after impeccably clean accommodation,fantastic sea views,breathtaking walks and away from the hustle and bustle then stay with at the waterfront .
Rose and Woody couldn't do enough for us, we even used their kayaks to visit the seals, had breakfast on the beach,did the walks and cooked our fish on the BBQ.

Room Tip: choose the unit at the front as it has the sea at your doorstep and you can watch the fishermen go o...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

We stayed in the Waterfront apartment. It was wonderful. We could sit outside on the little patio and watch the birds, the sea and locals launching their fishing boats. There were mountains behind and sea in front, just beautiful. It was a little away from the busier Kaikoura town, but only a couple of minutes drive to find a restaurant. Our apartment was light, bright, clean and had all we needed. In the hall between the bedroom and living area we even had our own laundry facilities, washer and dryer. Rose was very chatty and friendly telling us all about the area.
We only stayed one night and went whale watching, but would certainly advise at least two nights to do this lovely place justice.

Room Tip: Waterfront apartment certainly has the best views.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 9 Kaka Rd | South Bay, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Two self catering units (please note not B&B) in popular South Bay Kaikoura, looking out over the Bay with sea views The Waterfront Unit has a queen bed in a separate bedroom and a sofa bed in the lounge which will sleep a third person. The Waterside unit has a queen bed only and has a more limited sea view, however is still only 75mtrs from the foreshore. All amenities and well equipped kitchens for simple meals and kayaks available at no extra charge. ... more   less 

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