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Kaikoura Apartments
Ranked #6 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Reviewed November 20, 2013

Stayed here on 9th & 10th November and had a perfect time. The views from the room were great - out over the sea and snow capped mountains to the side. The room was immaculate, very clean, tidy and comfortable. Liz and Damer very helpful in their suggestions of what to do and see while we were in Kaikoura - thank you very much - All suggestions proved to be correct. The White Morph restaurant next door was a a gem - food fantastic, staff great and so close to Waves. Will definitely stay here again when we are next in Kaikoura.

Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

This apartment was ideal. It was 2 bedroomed and 2 bathrooms, with a spacious lounge/diner/kitchen. It was clean and well presented with a small balcony. There was a washing machine and tumble dryer, both of which we tested out. It was very conveniently placed the albatross trip and whale watching. Would thoroughly recommend Dons Fish and Chip shop (or it might have been Dan)

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Diamondcase
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Reviewed November 18, 2013

When we arrived from the Lavender farm (where we stayed in for 1 night), the host was not too friendly. She showed us to our premier suite and went around the apartment grumbling about how housekeeping was tardy etc.

The room itself was spacious and the kitchen had top of the line equipment, you can tell a lot of money has been put in for the furnishings and the equipment. The view was great, location was easy and overall this was a comfortable stay.

The next morning, we checked out, and the same lady took our room key without even a thank you and she left to do her stuff behind. I am not sure why this is number 1 on TA. View is there yes but the service was lacking. If not for the fact that the lavender farm was full for that night, we would not have stayed here.

Good location but sterile service.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Michloh
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WavesKaikoura, Owner at Kaikoura Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2013

I am so sorry that this was your experience. It doesn't sound like me and I cannot find a booking in your name however your description of the apartment sounds accurate however this does not sound like "A very comfortable 1 night stay here".

We are generally praised for our cleanliness and friendliness which is not achieved with poor staff and unfriendly management.

I do recall a day when I checked in a guest only to find many minor errors in the apartment which is unusual but embarrassing and that staff member no longer works here- I can only apologise if I came across as unfriendly. As for the checkout experience I generally ask guests where they are going, wish them safe travels and enquire about their plans. I cannot imagine that I would just have taken your keys without a thank-you.

Please accept my apologies if you were offended.

Kind regards

Liz

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Reviewed November 16, 2013

Once again Tripadvisor pointed us in the right direction. These are really lovely apartments. Two bedroom 2 bathroom, only used it as a one but used the laundry facilities in the main bathroom. Beautiful king size bed, lovely bathroom with heated towel rails. Free Wi Fi, excellent cooking facilities. Cable TV DVd & CD player. We stayed here two nights, my husband ate his freshly cooked crayfish from the caravan on the beach on the balcony. What a view that is overlooking the beach & snow capped mountains. Walked to dinner next door @ White Morph Restaurant. Wonderful location walked along beach at night. Can walk to town, but we had a car. Nice to have fresh milk in a little glass bottle. Thank you Liz for a wonderful stay. Loved it.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 4, 2013

An excellent value for a family. Extremely well stocked for a significant stay with everything needed for cooking plus great washer and dryer. Rooms airy and bright and in spotless condition. Very close to Whale and Bird watches. ( Walk to Albatross Encounter. ) Easy drive to seals. Walk to dining and a number of restaurants. The Indian restaurant was notable as was the place right next door.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Thank pups12
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

Excellent accommodation, very tidy, clean and well placed. Easy walking distance to local shops, restaurants and attractions. Found quite a few "Treasures" for any of the "Geo-cache Hunters" out there, Will definitely come back again, highly recommend.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Andrew W
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

Family of 3 visiting New Zealand for the 1st time. This place is truly perfect-perfect-perfect! Location is RIGHT across the street from the ocean! Views from the balcony were incredible. Super spacious apartments! PLENTY of amenities! Hosts were friendly and helpful. We would never hesitate to recommend this property to anyone visiting Kaikoura!!

Room Tip: Can't miss, but ask for an ocean view.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Additional Information about 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
#5 Luxury Hotel in Kaikoura
Price Range: $190 - $228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Kaikoura Apartments 5*
Number of rooms: 11
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