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Kaikoura Apartments
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
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River Falls, WI
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“Pacific view”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

The most fabulous view from our balcony. Completely private, each unit is turned so you do not see other apartments. This is not a room - think apartment! There is a washer and dryer in the unit, plus every possible thing needed for our stay was provided, even large towels for use after the hot tub.

There are food choices within a short walking distance, or others a short drive away. We drove to the end of the peninsula to see seals and had dinner at Maxtons - lovely place!

Do not stay anywhere else in kaikoura!

Room Tip: We were in 12 and loved it! This unit is a two bedroom, didn't need the extra bedroom but did...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

We were travelling as a group of two couples and stayed in apartment 1 which provided a master bedroom with en-suite for one couple, and the other couple had the second bedroom and exclusive use of the main bathroom. The apartments are designed for self catering and while there are places to eat nearby, ‘Waves’ does not provide a restaurant of its own. They provide a full kitchen with all appliances and utensils if you wanted to cook – even a professional style coffee maker. On 2 of the 3 nights we stayed there, we chose to order take away and bring it back to the apartment. The apartment has two balconies looking out to the sea on the other side of the road. Breakfast in the morning with the sensational views of the bay and snow capped mountains running down to the sea was terrific. While there was some traffic noise, it was not excessive and did not worry us at all. The furniture and fittings were excellent - everything a family or travellers having a holiday in the Kaikoura area could want is included. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The main town, which is quaint and small, with a great selection of eating places, is about 10 mins walk away. We requested a late departure on the final day, and seeing the apartment was not booked for other guests, they were very accommodating in allowing us to leave after lunch. This place is above average in presentation and appointment and exceeded our expectations.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Scotland, UK
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

One night was not enough! - the two bedroom apartment was fantastic it had everything we needed and more There was an extra bed made up in the living area for us and all amenities were of a high standard. Spacious and fantastic views from the balcony - would recommend definately

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Albany, New York
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

It is hard to express how impressed I am with Liz at Waves on the Esplanade and we don't leave for New Zealand until December 12. We decided to book one night during our trip based on the Trip Advisor reviews. After it was confirmed, we reconfigured our trip and decided to stay two nights. Liz could not have been more accommodating, changing our apartment to suit our needs. Then - the truly "above and beyond" - Liz made suggestions of activities, warned about the popularity of the whale watch and the need to make reservations far in advance and let me know that my plan to rent a car in Wellington, take the ferry and then drive to Kaikoura was inpractical because rental car companies won't allow cars to go from the North Island to the South. After booking a ferry and train, I found out how difficult and expensive it would be for us to return to Christchurch for our early morning flight. AMAZINGLY - Liz offered to drive us to insure we made the flight. We cannot wait to meet this incredibly woman in person!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

We had 3 nights at waves from the 20th of September 2012. From the moment we checked in we were made to feel right at home. Liz showed us up to our spotlessly clean and very spacious apartment and she even had flowers and a gift waiting for us as she knew we were getting married (you give too much Liz!), she then dealt with my overly grumpy and tired teenage son (in a nice way!) which was so funny and put everyone in a much happier mood after our long drive! The apartments themselves have everything you could possibly need they are spacious and accommodated the 5 of us very well (our youngest daughter was on a full size roll away in the lounge and this fit easily). We were at the back of the building on the 3rd floor and our view was sensational!! It was an easy walk to town to grab a meal etc and the Dolphin encounter is on the next corner (very close). I wish we could have had more time at Waves - we will definitely be back! Thank you Liz and Damer you guys are so very generous and are the best hosts ever!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Gold Coast
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511 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed October 8, 2012

We stayed at this property mainly because of the location on the waterfront. From the "most expensive" room the views are certainly fantastic in the evening and early in the morning with sunrise. The apartment is really geared for a family rather than for a couple as there are 2 bedrooms as well as a living room and fully equipped kitchen including 2 coffee makers. Everything in the room is very modern and gleaming clean. Given these are apartment style rooms there is no restaurant but milk can be had from the reception desk. There are 2 balconies for views of the ocean at different times of the day. For 4 people or a family the cost is reasonable but for a couple the room rates are rather steep.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Nelson, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2012

We stayed here for a 'get-away' weekend to check out Kaikoura and found these self contained apartments were luxurious, well maintained, and had everything we needed including WIFI. There was covered parking, beautiful views, central location, and helpful staff.. what else could you ask for?

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Kaikoura Apartments
Address: 78 The Esplanade, Kaikoura 7301, New Zealand (Formerly Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura)
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Kaikoura
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kaikoura
#4 Luxury Hotel in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Kaikoura Apartments 5*
Number of rooms: 11
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