Kaikoura is a must when touring the South Island - whales, dolphins, albatross, penguins, seals - just incredible. The Factory is a few minutes north of Kaikoura but is THE place to stay. Janet and Paul are a really lovely and engaging couple, the definition of perfect hosts, allowing you all the peace and privacy that you might like but also being on hand to tell you about the local area especially over their phenomenal breakfasts!
What makes the Factory so good is difficult to pin down - the decor is lovely, the rooms are fantastic and the hot tub is just such a nice touch, but none of these does the whole experience justice. A short walk from the house and you're on a wonderfully isolated beach and the only things you're likely to see are Seals and Hector dolphins which will follow you up and down the beach.
The Factory might cost a bit more than most places we stayed in New Zealand but it is definitely worth stretching budgets for if you can afford it. Cannot recommend staying there highly enough - just perfect!More
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