The White Morph apartments were very easy to find with lots of free parking. The man on reception was very friendly and welcoming (even gave us a choice of fresh full fat or skimmed milk for our room!).
I was initially disappointed with our room but that was my fault. I had imagined it to look like the one on the website with a balcony overlooking the sea. However when I checked our reservation our travel agent had booked a studio and not a "luxury" apartment or studio and our studio room was exactly as specified in their brochure we had picked up in reception.
The room was on the ground floor off the car park and had a patio window opening onto a garden area. The positive of this was that we were able to park right outside which was great for un/loading our luggage. It had a queen and a single bed. The furnishings throughout were basic but in good working order. There was a flat screen tv attached to the wall. The bathroom was compact but very clean with a good shower. The kitchenette area was ok - kettle, 2 hot plates, toaster, dated microwave with washing up liquid and tea towel provided. There was a launderette onsite.
The White Morph restaurant next door seemed very busy and we managed to book a table for our evening meal - they even managed to give us a window seat. The service was excellent as was the food and it wasn't too far to walk home....across the car park!!!
Definately worth a visit!
We were concerned that being on the ground floor it would be noisy however we had a wonderful nights sleep and it was really quiet.
We chose a basic but delicious breakfast at the Encounter next door but one.
Didn't manage to get on a whale watching trip due to bad weather but enjoyed walking up the road to the cafes and wandering round the shops in Kaikoura. We even managed an early morning run around the peninsula which was stunning and blew the cobwebs away!
Would definately recommend the White Morph - just make sure you know what type of room you've booked.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set on the Esplanade in iconic Kaikoura, The White Morph enjoys commanding views of the ocean right to the distant horizon and mountains, and gives you access to all of the region's many experiences. We offer a range of 5 Star and 4 Star Qualmark rated studios and self-contained apartments. Our 5 Star Premium studios include an ocean views and a hydrotherapy spa en-suite. Our 4 Star Garden Studios and Family Apartments look out to the garden area. Cafe Encounter, Shops, movie theatre and all activities are in close vicinity. 8 Premium Studios, king beds, with hydra-therapy spa baths. 4 Premium Studios, with either a king bed or twin beds,with spa baths. 4 Deluxe Studios, king bed with bath and shower. 3 Family Apartments, accommodation for up to 6 persons. 12 Garden Studios with queen and single beds ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- White Morph Motor Hotel Kaikoura
- White Morph Hotel
- White Morph Kaikoura