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“Beautiful location, excellent hosts and accommodations” 5 of 5 stars
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Nikau Lodge
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   53 Deal Street | close to State Hwy 1, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #4 of 35 Kaikoura B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Emmaus
2 reviews
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“Beautiful location, excellent hosts and accommodations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights last month. Quentin and Jane are most accommodating and gracious hosts. In addition to preparing amazing, filling breakfasts, they are extremely helpful and always available to their guests. The room was lovely, with a beautiful view of both the bay and mountains. The B and B is in a great location. Not only is it an easy walk to town, but we also were able to walk to the peninsula and back from the lodge. Another plus is the additional amenities - a refrigerator in the hall had milk, water and complimentary beer and wine - the latter most welcome after the walk to the peninsula. Last, but not least, is the homemade treats that appear daily in your room. Thank you Quentin and Jane for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed January 2014, 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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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Thank you so much for your review. We are very glad you enjoyed your stay here and the little extras we love to provide.
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Bristol, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

This is a very comfortable, clean and well located accommodation. The hosts are both welcoming and helpful and look after ther guests really well. The breakfasts are superb, especially the scrambled egg! This accommodation is strongly recommended and very good value for money - you won't be disappointed.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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NikauLodge, Manager at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, February 15, 2014
Thank you very much for recommending us. Quentin is particularly pleased you liked his scrambled eggs.
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Harpenden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We stayed at Nikau Lodge for two nights and had a brilliant time. We were greeted very warmly by Jane and both she and Quentin are lovely hosts, sharing their knowledge of the area and having a laugh with guests! We were amazed when Jane showed us round, to find complimentary wine and beer along with everything one would expect and more! The breakfasts were the best bit. It was such fun meeting fellow travellers round the large dining table while eating truly gourmet breakfasts cooked by Quentin and Jane.
Nikau Lodge is within walking distance of The Whaleway Station for whale watching and some good restaurants. Our room had a fabulous view of the bay and Jane and Quentin's lovely garden which guests are welcome to use. There is a hot tub, although we didn't use it...time just passed too quickly!

  • Stayed February 2014, 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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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, February 15, 2014
Thank you very much for your review. We are happy you enjoyed our breakfasts, we do enjoy cooking for our guests.
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Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We stayed at Nikau Lodge for three nights and had the most wonderful time chatting with our hosts (Jane and Quentin), enjoying the fantastic views of Kaikoura bay and the magnificent mountains from our room window, and indulging ourselves every morning with fabulous homemade breakfasts, prepared fresh every morning by Jane and Quentin. What else could one ask for on a short holiday? That’s what we thought, and we were completely over the moon. However, that was just the part of an unforgettable weekend . . .

Nikau Lodge is a beautiful character home with all modern amenities. The lodge commands the most beautiful view of the blue crescent bay and the surrounding mountains, and from your room’s private sitting area with bay window, you can see the foaming waves rolling in. With all the serene nature, we were pleasantly surprised that Nikau Lodge is only a 10-minute stroll to Kaikoura town centre, where you can experience fabulous cafes and restaurants of all budgets. Nikau Lodge rooms are named after sea creatures, and all the rooms upstairs have large bay windows in the sitting area, where you can opt to have your breakfast served in the morning. This is, of course, if you prefer privacy during breakfast. However, we did not want to miss the cosy atmosphere in the main dining room, where we met very interesting guests who came from all over the world, and most of all, we would have missed our morning chats with our charming hosts. Jane and Quentin were always warm and cheerful, and have a great sense of humour (equally charming was their terrier named Jack, who quietly kept bringing his deflated basketball to the dining room just in case one of the guests would be up for a game). Jane and Quentin go out of their way to pamper their guests – from a fridge full of complimentary wines and beer outside of your room to the different choices of gourmet dishes for breakfast (savoury egg Benedict with fresh free range eggs and Jane’s special Hollandaise sauce, Jane’s famous French omelette, which we missed, since we couldn’t resist the fabulous French toasts with caramelized banana and maple syrup. Finally, Quentin’s big but very gourmet Kiwi breakfast that came with free range eggs, gourmet sausages, and rosti potato cake with garden herbs). Our hosts were so generous with the breakfasts that they even offered side dishes, such as: butter braised tomatoes and pan fried mushroom (as if you need more food to survive the Kaikoura walking tracks). While waiting for the hot breakfast, we also warmed up our morning appetite with the healthy continental breakfast, which included muesli, fresh fruits, fruit preserves, and fresh yoghurt (again, with optional side dish of sliced ham and cheese). When we complimented Jane and Quentin of the breakfast, they even generously shared the recipes! After breakfast, our hosts always made sure that we will have a nice day exploring Kaikoura, and since Jane and Quentin are truly Kaikoura locals, they gave us great tips that you won’t find in travel books. They even made our dinner reservation to make sure we could get in to a very busy restaurant – undoubtedly because of their connection. Also, if guests want to take a break from exploring the outdoors, they can relax in Nikau Lodge’s lovely garden, on the lounge chairs by the small pond, or even in the hot tub by the veranda.

We left Nikau Lodge with a full stomach and a warm heart, as if we just had a great visit to our own family. After this trip, when we hear or read about Kaikoura, we will feel that deep connection to the beautiful town of mountains and sea, and to the lovely people who generously welcomed us as friends.

Other Kaikoura highlights:

- Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway (magnificent scenery at pretty easy fitness level -- Must do!)

- Maxtons restaurant (gorgeous view, romantic atmosphere, out of this world venison, and terrific hosts – Book early!)

- Nin's Bin (ultimate casual alfresco dining by the sea with fresh lobster/cray fish. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of wine for maximum enjoyment!)

  • Stayed January 2014, 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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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Your review is very poetic!! Thank you very much, Quentin reckons he
couldn't have written it any better himself!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Excellent B&B with a superb view, cracking hosts and mega-delicious breakfasts (try the French toast with caramelised bananas, we may never get over it!). Quentin and Jane made us feel very welcome and we fully recommend a dip in the hot tub after a blowy walk on the peninsular.

  • Stayed January 2014, 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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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
Thank you so much. We love your "Kaikoura Kracker" review title!!
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

The wife and I were lucky enough to spend one of our last nights in New Zealand at Jane and Quentin's beautiful bed and breakfast. Jane and Quentin were wonderful hosts - so friendly and inviting we felt as if we'd gone to an old friend's house.

We were booked in the dolphin suite and were not disappointed with the stunning views of the mountains and oceanfront. While we are not normally early risers, we made an exception and awoke at 530 am to watch an astounding sunrise from our room. And just a couple hours later, the pampering continued when Jane and Quentin knocked on our door and brought in a delicious breakfast of omelettes, banana French toast, and lovely fresh fruit! It was easily one of the best breakfasts on our entire trip!

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the Nikau Lodge and would recommend it without hesitation to anyone considering staying in the Kaikoura area. Our only regret was not being able to stay longer, but we will hope to return one day in the not too distant future!

Thanks again Jane and Quentin!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, February 5, 2014
We are very pleased you enjoyed our hospitality. We agree that we are very lucky here at Niaku Lodge to be situated in a great spot to see the sunrise. We hope you will be able to make it back again some day. Many thanks for your review.
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We stayed for 4 nights towards the end of our stay in New Zealand. Most of our trip was with an international tour company and supposedly "in style" staying in hotels and lodges, some of which were very grand on the surface. Nikau lodge offered more "style" and far better service than any of them. For us they passed the Ronseal Test, what you see on the website is what you get. Our room was clean and well presented; the WiFi worked and was FREE (unlike in most hotels, etc.); breakfast superb; the advice on things to do, restaurants, etc. spot on .... do I need to say more.

We hardly noticed any noise from the road and would go backpacking if the accommodation offered was as good as Nikau Lodge.

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  • Stayed December 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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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
We are so pleased you liked our "style"! We work hard at trying to make our website a true representation of Nikau so are very pleased that we passed the test. Thank you so much for your very kind review.
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Address: 53 Deal Street | close to State Hwy 1, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 35 B&Bs / Inns in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Nikau Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated 10 minutes walk from Kaikoura's main town centre, Nikau Lodge has magnificent views of the Kaikoura Mountain Range and the Ocean. Come relax in the lounge, unwind in the garden or just come for a good nights rest. Continental and Full Cooked Breakfast using fresh local produce is served to you in the morning. ... more   less 
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