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The White Morph Heritage
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   92-94 The Esplanade | post code: 7300, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand (Formerly White Morph Motor Inn)   |  
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Ranked #7 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Pontefract Yorkshire
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2006

Stayed the one night but it was a very enjoyable stay. The White Morph restaurant next door was a real treat and we had out best meal during our stay in NZ. The White Morph is highly recommended.

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  • Stayed August 2006, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Hong Kong, China
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2006

We stayed in one of the executive studios, and found it very comfortable and clean, with superb sea views.
The kitchenette is well equipped, and the bath has a jacuzzi, which makes it a little more fun.

The manager was very friendly and helpful, and that does make a lot of difference on wet days when your boat tour has been cancelled! We went on the helicopter ride instead, and found that the manager's description of 'a cigar in the bathtub' was pretty accurate, though I have great snaps to show for it thanks to a good zoom.

Very nice as motels go; I just happen to prefers b&bs as the rooms usually have more character.

  • Stayed December 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2005

We stayed here for two nights in June. On arrival we were upgraded to the rooms overlooking the bay. I would ask for this again as the views are stunning.
The rooms were spotless and we found the service excellent, friendly and very informative regarding the activities in the area. The manager even organised our whale watching and dolphin trips.
The restaurant next door is definately worth a visit.

The next time we are in Kaikoura we will definately be staying in the White Morph.

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, UK
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2005

We stayed at the White Morph Inn in Jan 05. Located right on the waterfront, we enjoyed waking up to great views and the sound of the surf hitting the beach. Certainly worth upgrading to the superior rooms, which look out over the water, as the standard rooms may not. I'm sure that most visitors would feel this a significant benefit when they checked in. And the superior rooms come with hydratherapy spa baths big enough for two!! (no handbars to help you in and out though, and those things are deep)

The staff are very friendly and helpful. I found them well informed on tours and highlights in the area such as whale watching and the seal colony, always accompanied by a map and directions.

A short drive away are supermarkets where you can shop for food, as the rooms are self catering - a bonus for long stays or those who get tired of constantly eating at restaurants. Although a restaurant is right next door, and delivery menus for other eateries are included in the information pack about the area and facilities.

There is not a 24 hour reception, so if you are arriving very late (after 10pm) it would pay to call ahead to make arrangements. Otherwise I'm sure you'll enjoy your stay at the White Morph.

  • Stayed January 2005
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hertfordshire, England
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2005

Returning from a fantastic month in New Zealand the one lowlight was our experience of the White Morph Motor Inn in Kairoura. Despite having made a written reservation around 10 months in advance, on our arrival we were told that our reservation for a two bedroom apartment would not be honoured. After some heated discussion with the Manager and his wife the reason slipped out that this was because they had had a late booking request from "a regular". We were offered instead - like it or lump it - a small single bedroom for my wife and I and our 15 year old son. We dumped our cases and, despite having just 36 hours or so in Kaikoura, spent time looking for something suitable elsewhere. We managed this after an hour or so. When we returned and told the White Morph manager we'd found somewhere else he said: "but you've used your room here now". We'd just dumped a few of our bags and left! When we said this he turned away, as rude as one could be, and said "away with you then".

This is most definitely a hotel to steer well clear of!


  • Stayed January 2005
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The White Morph Heritage

Address: 92-94 The Esplanade | post code: 7300, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand (Formerly White Morph Motor Inn)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Kaikoura
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kaikoura
#6 Luxury Hotel in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The White Morph Heritage 5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on the Esplanade in iconic Kaikoura, The White Morph enjoys commanding views of the ocean right to the distant horizon and mountains, and gives you access to all of the region's many experiences. We offer a range of 5 Star and 4 Star Qualmark rated studios and self-contained apartments. Our 5 Star Premium studios include an ocean views and a hydrotherapy spa en-suite. Our 4 Star Garden Studios and Family Apartments look out to the garden area. Cafe Encounter, Shops, movie theatre and all activities are in close vicinity. 10 Premium Studios, king beds, with hydra-therapy spa baths. 2 Premium Studios, twin beds,with hydra-therapy spa baths. 4 Deluxe Studios, king bed with bath and shower. 3 Family Apartments, accommodation for up to 6 persons. 12 Garden Studios with queen and single beds ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
White Morph Motor Hotel Kaikoura
White Morph Hotel
White Morph Kaikoura

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