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“Excellent service & accommodation” 5 of 5 stars
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Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   78 The Esplanade, Kaikoura 7301, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Marlborough
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Excellent service & accommodation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Four of us stayed here for one night in one of their two bedroom self contained apartments
Amazing views and excellent service, we had guests from overseas with us who unfortunately had their whale watch cancelled due to bad weather and Waves offered us another night free so that they may get to do the whale watch. Very friendly on arrival, rooms were well appointed and very clean and tidy, everything was at hand and very well equiped kitchen. Definitely worth another trip to Kaikoura to stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We - two adults, three daughters - stayed at Waves just before Xmas 2012 on a trip around New Zealand. It was selected at the last minute, based on TripAdvisor reviews. This apartment-hotel turned out to be one of the most pleasant surprises of an excellent holiday. The location and views (contrary to an earlier reviewer's comments) are great, the apartments enormous and cleaner-than-clean and the owners are very friendly and helpful, happily supplying milk in advance of arrival and excellent advice about restaurants and activities. Sadly, because of pressure of time, we only stayed one night, but I would have no hesitation in booking for a week and using Waves as a base to explore the Kaikoura area if ever we are lucky enough to return.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

This hotel is localised in middle of the penisula so you are not getting full panoramic view. There are places betterlocated further down main road. Place overall is ok. It's clean, there is a free fast wifi connection and room had a full equipment (dish-washer, washing machine, tumble dryer etc) but guy who ownes this place is the most arrogant and unlikeble person we met in NZ (and I really cannot think of anyone else so arrogant in any conutry we visited). Definately I would not recommend to anyone having a chat with him. We did not feel welcome at all.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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WavesKaikoura, Owner at Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
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I am surprised by your comments and apologise for any bad feelings that you have left here with.

I am wondering if perhaps it was a misunderstanding of a sense of humour, I'm truly not sure but as you will see by our other reviews the majority of our guests enjoy their stays with us. I'm so sorry that you did not.

Our views are second to none and you will not find other accommodation of a similar standard on The Esplanade with better views.

Kind regards and sincere apologies

Liz Farrell for Waves on The Esplanade
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Bucharest, Romania
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24 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

The Waves on the Esplanade remains the accommodation highlight a two weeks tour of New Zealand. The apartments were beautifully decorated and furnished with a lot of attention to detail. The view from the balcony was jaw dropping - blue ocean up to snow covered mountain peaks. The icing on the cake is the very friendly service from Liz and Damer - they proved to be knowledgeable and very helpful and even posted a left behind item to us post departure. I cannot recommend the Waves highly enough.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. The host is so friendly and very helpful. After travelling around for 4 weeks, staying at lots of beautiful apartments, this has been the best. It's funny how the small things make a big difference after travelling around for so long, like sharp knives, coffee, tea and real milk, Disney channels on tv for the 2 year old. Not to forget a comfortable bed and pillows, we all had the best night sleep here. Such a shame that we can't stay longer.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Christchurch, New Zealand
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Waves has it all - Its romantic got fantastic views totally spotlessly clean lots of sunlight and its is very very comfortable with lovely crisp white sheets and towels oh and not to mention the fantastic hosts Liz & Damer !!! all the things you need for a weekend away from the grind. I thought the second time I stayed that I would get the proposal from my boyfriend as its one of those places you come to just chill out and for that special occassion but because it was so comfy he spent most of the weekend on the couch asleep !! (men hey?). Seriously thou I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone wanting a home away from home. We will be back and who knows maybe this time he will get off the couch!

  • Stayed January 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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wellington
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64 reviews 64 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

we stayed here 2 years ago & had a great time. stayed again on way down south & again on our return journey. great location fab hosts 2 different apartments fully equipped spotlessly clean.Not far to walk into town. Damer gave us a lift into town as was raining & even picked us up later.Privacy but hosts willing to assist in any way!I hope that more people book & have an enjoyable stay

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: 78 The Esplanade, Kaikoura 7301, New Zealand
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Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kaikoura
#1 Luxury Hotel in Kaikoura
#1 Family Hotel in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura 5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Waves apartments all have two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The main bedroom has a king-size bed and an ensuite bathroom, and the second bedroom can be either a second king-size bed or twin single beds.The second bathroom contains full laundry facilities.All apartments have a fully equipped kitchen opening out to a spacious dining and living-room area.Large glass doors open up for outdoor dining on a large private balcony with views to the sea.Each apartment has a DVD player, stereo system and Sky TV for guest entertainment.FREE Wi-Fi (200MB) is available along with the use of a laptop should you require that.For outdoor pursuits, we have available sea kayaks, bikes, skateboards and other sports equipment for hire. In the evening you can take a stroll along the beach or into town, which is just 5 minutes away.We have an outdoor spa and BBQ area that is private and relaxing. A minute's stroll along the waterfront will bring you to 'Cafe Encounter' where you can enjoy award-winning café-style food. Breakfast from 7am.Tennis courts are just a two-minute walk away.Skate park — you can view it from your balcony. ... more   less 
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