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“spacious, quite, and friendly”
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The Fairways
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Shanghai, China
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“spacious, quite, and friendly”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

we stayed at the fairways for the whale watching cruise. it is 5km away from the town in a new development complex. the room was spacious and the furnishing are nice. the host was friendly. the crayfish stop on the way to the seal colony was very cheap and tasty.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Stayed for a few days at The Fairways recently and had an awesome time. The room was spacious and very comfortable and the hosts were very friendly and helpful. Being a little out of the township was great as the location was quiet. Also allowed us to take a short walk to explore the beach.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed December 8, 2012

We stayed in a 1 room apartment - space and furnishing are great! Looks very very new. There is no common recreation/fitness facilities though. The staff were very friendly.

It is about 5-6 minutes' drive from town and it very very quiet - there were only 2 rooms booked on my last night there.

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Bigfella10, Owner at The Fairways, responded to this review, December 9, 2012
Kia Ora

Thank you for staying with us at The Fairways.
Many guests would be pleased about it being quite, & while there were more than a couple of guests staying while you were here, it's the calm before the storm.

It's nice to know that we market serenity and we accomplish this at times.
Christmas holidays it is diffinately not one of those.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your stay here in New Zealand.
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

Although a few kilometers out of Kaikoura, Fairways is definitely worth the added five minutes drive. The room (bedroom and lounge with kitchenette) was very modern, beautifully designed and laid out - super and very spacious.

Room Tip: The Studio room we booked was lovely but a bit small so we upgraded to an apartment which was superb...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

This was a comfortable, clean self-contained and felt new apartment. The kitchen was perfect for simple cooking. Bed was comfortable! The fireplace was beautiful and kept us warm at night. Robin who welcomed us was really friendly. The view was spectacular too! Definitely would recommend this to families who are travelling! Disney channel was such a plus point for us :)

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

I booked accomodation back in February for a stay in November. After much deliberation I chose a studio, which I assumed was selfcontained. On arrival we were shown to our room which was accessed from off the service yard and turned out to be the second bedroom of an apartment - the linking door being locked. The accomodation was therefore cramped and the view none existent. This would have been fine if we were out on the adjacent golf course all day, but was hardly condusive to coming back for a quiet drink on the terrace! I think the management, who in all other respects were fine, should think carefully about the marketing of the studios (always assuming that they are all designed the same). The location is also well out of town and transport is definitely required - a point not made clear in the blurb.

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Bigfella10, Owner at The Fairways, responded to this review, December 9, 2012
Kia Ora

We are sorry to hear that your experience staying at The Fairways wasn’t up to your expectations.

The studios don’t have a service entrance. As with other areas of the complex, entrances are either concrete paths or large pavers leading to the main doors.

We are surprised that you assumed the ensuite studio was self contained when all of the marketing on studios, state that there is tea and coffee making facilities only.
All marketing for apartments however, show quite clearly that they are roomy, have fully equipped kitchen facilities, and views.

As management, we are proactive when showing guests to their rooms, and offering an upgrade, especially when guests have booked into a studio for more than 1 night. It is then up to the guests make the choice of moving into an apartment or be satisfied to stay where they are. We do understand that monetary value can be a deciding factor.
We pride ourselves on our informative and up to date website,

You stated that the “location is also well out of town”.
We fail to understand how the short distance into town, 4km, approx 4-5mins in a vehicle, can be classified as well out of town, also given that it is generally well advertised that we are a short distance out of town.

Being out of town gives The Fairways the qualities of; serenity, peace, space, freedom - to go walking, biking, golfing, relaxing and being immersed within nature itself, all this by being nestled between the mountains and the sea.

Thank you for your review.
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Dannevirke, New Zealand
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

excellent,top place to stay n relax,host wher perfect at what thay wher asked of.i was down there 8th nov till 13th an injoyed every moment of it. if your n kaikoura i highly reconmend the place to stay,its only 5min to kaikoura town ship.im lookn at making a booking next april.all trotting fans should book n for next years kaikoura cup,you will injoy the stay at the fairways,

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Property: The Fairways
Address: 1 Kersage Dr | Ocean Ridge, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Fairways 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Modern 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and studios offering luxurious fully self contained accommodation for travelers looking for some quality and friendly service that will your make to trip to Kaikoura a memorable one. Located just 3 km south of Kaikoura within Ocean Ridge between the Kaikoura Golf course and the Kaikoura winery. Your hosts are Graham and Robyn Lamond who live on site. ... more   less 
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