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Clearwater Motel
168 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #19 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Curitiba, Brazil
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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“awful”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Kaikoura has a gorgeous beach area and this motel is one of the many along the beach. \Spectacular to sit and watch the water - just don't stay in The Clearwater. It's so run down it isn't funny. We have been in motels across both islands for 4 weeks now and this was the worst by far. The shower was rotting away, there was no coffee or tea pot, no hair dryer and they didn't give us milk like ALL the other places have done. It smelled of mold and the plumbing drains and walls are so poor that you hear every thing from the unit beside you as they pee and whatever. And we paid $123 for this dump. We booked on line so couldn't back out when we saw the place.The man who runs the place is very nice but I think he knows he's robbing people asking this kind of money for such a piece of crap. There are many new motels along this strip so wait until you are there and find one you like. Drive past the wharf and aquarium (don't go in - there is nothing in it) and past the trailers selling awful sea food around the corner to the little park. There are seals all over the rocks. Walk out on the flat rocks but watch the tides. They come in and trap you out on the rocks with not way back if you aren't careful. If you want a taste of great crayfish from a trailer, drive a few kms north of town to Nin's Bin.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Peregian Beach, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

We booked in for 2 nights at the beginning of Jan, 3 adults & 3 teenagers. We had a 2 bedroom, self contained unit right opposite the beach and made ourselves at home straight away. Terry & Bon, our wonderful hosts couldn't help us enough, they even moved another single bed into the unit so that only 1 had to sleep on the sofa lounge. There was no milk in the fridge but we asked if we could have some and Bon provided a full bottle straight away. They gave us free internet, so that kept the teenagers happy.

The unit was clean, tidy and plenty roomy enough for all of us. It was great value for money and the view was awesome. We enjoyed ourselves that much we changed our plans and booked for another night. It's an easy walk to The Pier Hotel which has beautiful meals. Close to the seal colony & the crayfish & takeaway caravans and it's not too far from town

Yes the Clearwater is dated but it is classic and was very clean and comfortable. If you spend all your time in the room and are nit picky then it's not for you but if you go to Kaikoura to relax, get out and about,see the sights and take in the wonderful view, which is what I do on holiday, then trust me the Clearwater Motel is perfect!!

Thank you Terry & Bon for a lovely 3 days, anything we asked for, you provided and couldn't do enough for us. Will definitely come back and stay!!!

  • 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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Blenheim, New Zealand
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Classic kiwiana .. great location and awesome views .. nice and quiet away from the town but close enough if you want anything .. clean, comfortable and the host is very welcoming and friendly and happy to share useful tips for the area .. and the price is great given the views .. made for a great weekend away .. thanx so much Chrissy :)

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Christchurch
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43 reviews 43 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012 via mobile

Uninterrupted views of the sea and the Kaikoura mountain range from a double waterfront unit.

The unit itself was dated, but it is classic Kiwiana. (Think of a well-worn bach near a beach with a great view). It has the basics if you are staying on your way through the town - heater, electric blanket, microwave, fridge, small CRT TV. No hairdryer in the room, minimal toiletries in the bathroom, no milk in the fridge (didn't care - if not having milk ruins your travelling experiences then stay home).

Having wooden floors meant that there was some noise from the family next door but had a good night’s sleep listening to the sea. Bathroom was clean (no bath) and bed was comfy. Motel is very close to the beachfront pool, a few cafes and restaurants along the road; it's an easy 10 minute walk along the beach to the centre of Kaikoura.

Owners were friendly and accommodating - thanks for the extras.

Stayed November 2012
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Bangkok, Thailand
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

My husband I travelled through out the South Island during our holiday and stayed at many motels during the months of January 2011.
Our stay in Kaikoura was very enjoyable. There was much to do and see during our stay there. We stayed at the Clearwater Motels for 2 nights and we really did enjoy our stay at this motel. The accommodation was very comfortable and clean. The beds were great as this motel was not modern but the price was reasonable considering we had a view of the Ocean and mountains from our room.We had several meals at the Seafood BBQ which is near the Seal colony which were really cheap and also fresh. If you enjoy Seafood then this is the place to eat in Kaikoura.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Saitama, Japan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

If you are into a motels that have WiFi, 40+ channels of SkyTV, hottubs, then go stay there!!!... The Clearwater is like a favourite pair of jeans or shoes, that no matter how tatty they appear, you feel good in them, it is a classic 1950's bohemian feeling New Zealand motel... yeah sure, the garden needs a tidy up, and first impression you think it is a soviet style gulag, but the old saying is, don't judge a book by it's cover and this is an old NZ book from way back, rustic charm is the word a real estate person would use, functional is another that springs to mind, it has Freeveiw TV (with SBS as well), shower is damned hot! (40 gallon hot water cylinder for those who like 1 hour showers), the usual kettle, toaster, fridge, the owners Roy and Bon are not into blowing hot air, they are laid back (not don't give a toss) but laid back in way where they treat you for you and not what you do people, Bon has the units spotless, you won't catch anything nasty in the place, unless you picked up abit at a local pub for alittle slap and tickle, location spoton !, if you are staying in unit 3, you have one of the best views of Kaikoura, walking distance to the Commercial Hotel (Brighton St), stroll down to the swimming pool turn right out the gate, walk for 3 minutes and you will fall into the pool, basically it is slap bang in the centre of Kaikoura. This motel is not for people who whinge, it is catering for the piece of the market that is sadly forgotten in this day, it screams low cost, clean, safe for target market mum and dad with 2 kids, dad making 38k, driving a Toyota station wagon, who is on stuggle street, but not flat broke, and the backpacker on a self drive, yes pictures can be decieving, but it is a place where I will stay again, and I would say alot of other Kiwis would stay at, for that economical, back to basics, roof over your head..... if you are yearning to just have a classic holiday like you did when you were a child, well the Clearwater is it...... enjoy.... PS leave your laptop, cellphone at home ok....trust me

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2011

Initially attracted to this Motel via www.ratestogo.com, based on location, price and a photo which turned out to be a little deceptive in the way it was cropped.

On arriving at the Motel, our reaction was to continue driving and look for other options. This is an aged hodge podge of buildings masquerading as a motel complex. It is more a collection of functional seaside batches on a very open section, than a motel.

As we had booked for 2 nights we returned for an inspection and were shown studio and double units. unrepaired broken windows were evident along with superficial attempts to freshen the place up by painting over aging wallpaper.

The male proprietor was initially welcoming, but was clearly expecting our reaction. His insistance that the motel standard was up to a 2 star rating is a cop out for laziness and a desire to get away with what he can with regards to unsuspecting travelers.

We refused to stay at the cost of one nights accomodation. Shortly after we departed we were interested to see one of the rooms offered to us, being advertised on roadside signage at a cheaper rate.

The Clearwater Motel is an embarrassment to the Kaikoura community and to the New Zealand tourisim industry.

DEFINITE NO GO.

Two star Motel - Yeah Right

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
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Address: 168 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #19 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
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