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Kaikoura Apartments
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
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Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

the apartment was really nice and very clean. Very spacious. Lovely coffee for the plunger. Full kitchen with everything you need.

Kids playground next door and beach across the road!

View was awesome!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Four of us stayed here for one night in one of their two bedroom self contained apartments
Amazing views and excellent service, we had guests from overseas with us who unfortunately had their whale watch cancelled due to bad weather and Waves offered us another night free so that they may get to do the whale watch. Very friendly on arrival, rooms were well appointed and very clean and tidy, everything was at hand and very well equiped kitchen. Definitely worth another trip to Kaikoura to stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We - two adults, three daughters - stayed at Waves just before Xmas 2012 on a trip around New Zealand. It was selected at the last minute, based on TripAdvisor reviews. This apartment-hotel turned out to be one of the most pleasant surprises of an excellent holiday. The location and views (contrary to an earlier reviewer's comments) are great, the apartments enormous and cleaner-than-clean and the owners are very friendly and helpful, happily supplying milk in advance of arrival and excellent advice about restaurants and activities. Sadly, because of pressure of time, we only stayed one night, but I would have no hesitation in booking for a week and using Waves as a base to explore the Kaikoura area if ever we are lucky enough to return.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 21, 2013

This hotel is localised in middle of the penisula so you are not getting full panoramic view. There are places betterlocated further down main road. Place overall is ok. It's clean, there is a free fast wifi connection and room had a full equipment (dish-washer, washing machine, tumble dryer etc) but guy who ownes this place is the most arrogant and unlikeble person we met in NZ (and I really cannot think of anyone else so arrogant in any conutry we visited). Definately I would not recommend to anyone having a chat with him. We did not feel welcome at all.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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WavesKaikoura, Owner at Kaikoura Apartments, responded to this review, January 22, 2013
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I am surprised by your comments and apologise for any bad feelings that you have left here with.

I am wondering if perhaps it was a misunderstanding of a sense of humour, I'm truly not sure but as you will see by our other reviews the majority of our guests enjoy their stays with us. I'm so sorry that you did not.

Our views are second to none and you will not find other accommodation of a similar standard on The Esplanade with better views.

Kind regards and sincere apologies

Liz Farrell for Waves on The Esplanade
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Bucharest, Romania
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

The Waves on the Esplanade remains the accommodation highlight a two weeks tour of New Zealand. The apartments were beautifully decorated and furnished with a lot of attention to detail. The view from the balcony was jaw dropping - blue ocean up to snow covered mountain peaks. The icing on the cake is the very friendly service from Liz and Damer - they proved to be knowledgeable and very helpful and even posted a left behind item to us post departure. I cannot recommend the Waves highly enough.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. The host is so friendly and very helpful. After travelling around for 4 weeks, staying at lots of beautiful apartments, this has been the best. It's funny how the small things make a big difference after travelling around for so long, like sharp knives, coffee, tea and real milk, Disney channels on tv for the 2 year old. Not to forget a comfortable bed and pillows, we all had the best night sleep here. Such a shame that we can't stay longer.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Waves has it all - Its romantic got fantastic views totally spotlessly clean lots of sunlight and its is very very comfortable with lovely crisp white sheets and towels oh and not to mention the fantastic hosts Liz & Damer !!! all the things you need for a weekend away from the grind. I thought the second time I stayed that I would get the proposal from my boyfriend as its one of those places you come to just chill out and for that special occassion but because it was so comfy he spent most of the weekend on the couch asleep !! (men hey?). Seriously thou I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone wanting a home away from home. We will be back and who knows maybe this time he will get off the couch!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kaikoura Apartments

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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