We only stayed one night in Kaikoura, but Water's Edge was perfect for us. The location is ideal, right by the water at the edge of town, quiet spot, but an easy walk into town. The view is spectacular, mountains, sea, the wharf, right outside your door. The room includes a huge lounge and a lovely deck, so lots of space to spread out. The DIY breakfast of toast, cereal, juice, fruit, coffee, tea, etc. suited us perfectly to have before we headed off to our whale watching trip. The Green Dolphin restaurant right across the road was excellent for dinner.