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“Best place to stay in town for service, amenities, cleanliness & lovely managers” 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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“Best place to stay in town for service, amenities, cleanliness & lovely managers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2009

We feel lucky that we chose Waves on the Esplanade. Kaikoura is a pretty quiet place, and is spread out along the coastline. Waves was right in the middle of other motels & apartments and most the restaurants were close by. The units seemed to all have beautiful views, they were well equipped, clean, comfortable, and warm. The highlight of the spot though is that Liz, the Manager, is such a warm helpful person - she really made our stay in Kaikoura special.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2009

My wife and I stayed here for one night during our honeymoon, and this was hands-down our best hotel experience in all of New Zealand. Damer came and met us at the train station, drove us around town - and even picked up some groceries for us! - before bringing us back to our spacious, well-kept apartment with an absolutely mesmerizing ocean view. Now admittedly, we may have been getting a bit of "honeymoon treatment," and it was off-season - so your mileage might vary a bit - but we had a fantastic experience from start to finish. These are two of the nicest, most hospitable innkeepers anyone could hope to encounter. Highly, highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WavesKaikoura, Manager at Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura, responded to this review, September 16, 2009
Hi Guys

Thanks so much for your feedback - hope you enjoyed the rest of your honeymoon. Just wanted to say that although it was our quieter season we do as much of this as we can for anyone whatever the time of year :)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2009

The accomodation was excallent we stayed in the apartment right on the front so the views we're amazing. The interior of the apartment was modern and spotless. The owners were so friendly and very helpful, helping us organise an alternative boat trip as ours fell through. Go and stay here, for location and accomodation you won't find better in Kaikoura.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2009

We were only in Kaikoura for one night and booked these apartments as they looked so nice in the photos on their website. The photos didn't lie and the views and rooms were exactly as described. They appeared fairly new or had been redecorated quite recently as everything in the apartment was pristine.
The location is great if you have fantastic weather as there is a balcony which you could sit out on - it does overlook the road so better to be in apartments further towards the back - you can check their plan to see which one you are booking - but the sea is beyond which would be fantastic. As long as the weather is sunny and warm.
Unfortunately it was neither when we were there and so it isn't such a nice location. To walk to the bars and restaurants in the town - I say town it is more of one small strip of shops, bars and restaurants - is a good 10-15 minute walk which is fine if it isn't raining but not if it is.
We decided to have dinner in a restaurant on the other side of the apartments - going away from the town which was only a few hunderd metres away and was recommended by both the owner and in the book in the room. However both failed to mention that it closed on a Monday night and so we walked there for nothing!
Would be great for a family though - very spacious with a large lounge and open plan kitchen which had everything in it including a dishwasher and cooker. Even a washing machine in the bathroom and dryer which was really handy.
2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (one is an ensuite off of one of the bedrooms) so it is fine if you are 2 friends or 2 couples sharing.
You have your own parking space and milk is provided. As this only cost about £50 for one night it was good value. It was just a shame that the weather was bad so we didn't fully appreciate it.
Service was fine - nothing special but adequate and it was quite easy to find - just drive through the town and it is on the main road just as you head out.
Would stay again but only in good weather. There is nothing to do in Kaikoura unless the sun is shining!!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2009

Modern, well furnished and fantastic views of the sea. The apartments are huge, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, with all the in room facilities you’d expect plus a dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. Each apartment has a balcony with tables and chairs so you can eat out with a lovely view of the ocean. There was an allocated parking space underneath the apartments for your car.

The dolphin encounter base is close to the apartment, the whale watch base a 5 minute drive and it is a 10 minute walk to the town centre where the majority of the restaurants are.

These apartments are privately owned and let out so there is one locked cupboard in the main bedroom.

The only fault I could find is the sign in the kitchen asking you not to cook smelly foods (e.g. curries) for the benefit of the guests that follow you, ok it is considerate but a bit too regulatory?

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2009

Excellent appartments. Very conveninent.
Very good service. You have everything inside the flat.
The internet connection is not adjusted.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WavesKaikoura, Manager at Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura, responded to this review, August 19, 2009
Thank-you for your review. I'm so sorry that there was a problem in your apartment - we have tried to get the problem solved - unfortunately it is not possible to do this however we have found a way around the issue. No problems with internet access in any of the other apartments :)

Warm regards

Liz & Damer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2009

We had booked this direct based on TripAdvisor reviews and we were not disappointed. Very spacious indeed, with sea just across the road, very helpful managers - most apts are privately owned and let out - super to have washing machine and spin dryer in the apt. For 2 of us for 2 nights, having 2 enormous bedrooms and 2 bathrooms plus very large living area was super, with balcony to sit and look our over the sea and mountains. Not the cheapest but you get what you pay for.

Please also see my reviews of 42.25^ South & Green Dolphin restaurants - recommended

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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WavesKaikoura, Manager at Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura, responded to this review, August 19, 2009
Thanks Guys - we really enjoyed having you as guests here at The Waves

Liz & Damer
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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 Family Hotel in Kaikoura
#1 Luxury Hotel in Kaikoura
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura 5*
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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