We spent two nights at this lovely B+B up on the peninsula hill in Kaikoura. Our room looked out towards the snow capped mountains and the town in the bay below. The room was very comfortable with a fantastic King Size bed, armchairs, large tv, fridge, microwave and small dining table. There were cookies and chocolates in the room on our arrival as well as plenty of toiletries in the bathroom.
Lynne and John are lovely hosts and it was nice to spend time chatting with them over breakfast each morning.
We walked into the town each evening which was a pleasant 30min stroll, although on the way back it is up a rather steep hill so you need to have reserved a bit of energy! If you're not fans of walking it's only a short drive and there is plenty of parking available in the town.
We took the whale watching trip on one of our days there which we would recommend. However if you suffer from motion sickness at all it is advisable to take precautions before going out. It wasn't a particularly rough day when we went but it was pretty choppy by the time we got out to the whales and several people were rather ill!! We saw three whales (all sperm) which was pretty spectacular.
Would definitely recommend Austin Heights for a very pleasant stay in Kaikoura
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Love Kaikoura, but hate the noise of the traffic - here's the answer. Beautiful Austin Heights is situated on the Kaikoura Peninsula where it is peaceful and commands a stunning Panoramic view of the Kaikoura Mountain ranges, Pacific Ocean & Coastline. Only a five minute drive from the town center and all local attractions. Like the Whale-watch, Dolphin & Seal Encounters, handy to the beautiful Peninsula Coastal walkway & the Seal Colony. Lovely, spacious & sunny, apartments with a lovely decor, excellent quality beds. Opening directly out onto a long balcony with a Panoramic view of the Mountains & Pacific Ocean. Own kitchenette, fridge, microwave, tea & plunger coffee facilities. Private entrances & parking space. Austin Heights is surrounded in prize-winning Gardens. Lynne & John your friendly Kiwi Hosts have 15 years experience running their B&B and will make you welcome to Austin Heights. A special continental breakfast plus free range eggs is included in tariff plus all government taxes. Free WIFI available at all times. Complimentary pick-up & deliver to the bus or train with prior notice. ... more less
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