We stayed in two apartments as a group of nine of varying ages. Waves on the Esplanade does what it says on the tin: it's not a romantic cosy luxury hotel where you're pampered but an ideal place to base yourself when exploring Kaikoura. It's modern, very comfortable, clean and well appointed and all this comes at a bit of a premium over the competition. It's worth paying the extra though, we thought. The bedrooms are a good size as are the bathrooms and the lounges. The kitchens have everything you need and all the balconies overlook the sea. The beach is 30 seconds' walk across the road and the centre of Kaikoura is about ten minutes by foot. The owners are really helpful though have taken over relatively recently and their local knowledge is not highly developed (they recommended the pretty dire Sonic Bar down the road). Would definitely return.
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