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Kaikoura Apartments
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
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melbourne
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“Care, comfort and passion”
Reviewed April 25, 2010

Excellent location - right on the ocean front, close to shops and cafes. Spotless and well equiped apartment. Plenty of space within the apartment. Damer the owner took extra steps to ensure our elderly relatives' needs were well looked after. We felt very much at home.

Definitely not just a business, but a passion for Liz and Damer Farrell.

Try them out and you will know what I mean.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 22, 2010

Waves is a great place to stay in Kaikoura, especially if you have reached the point of needing a washer/dryer. The balconies have a wonderful view of the water. Best of all, the host is responsible for steering us to an activity that was one of the highlights of our trip to NZ---an ATV Tour. He was helpful in so many ways, and he made a great accommodation in to a great stay.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Wellington, NZ
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Reviewed March 31, 2010

I don't usually write review since personal preferences differ greatly but this place is EXCELLENT!! I almost hate to review if for fear that it will attract customers and I live nearby enough to want to frequent it! But the staff were too nice for me to not give a shout out to a great facility in a surprisingly cute town. This place was perfect. Even with a toddler- I was able to keep him and the furnishings safe! The view and location are great. There is a playground next door for after hours exercise- and the beach is RIGHT THERE. It is a rocky beach and the water is of course cold but my little guy still played in the waves and had a great time. BEAUTIFUL units. Spotless and well worth the extra money. We've sampled others nearby within a $50 price range and the extra for the location, view and cleanliness were ALL worth it! I'd buy a unit there if I could!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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WavesKaikoura, Management at Kaikoura Apartments, responded to this review, April 24, 2010
Thanks so much for your review :) You were lovely guests. I only wish that we had one little mans' red car :( - PLEASE come again soon - special winter deals @ winter rates - 3 nights for the price of 2 or 7 nights for the price of 5 :) - Liz
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Denver
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Reviewed March 9, 2010

This was hands down the best place we stayed during our week and half drive around New Zealand. Most of the days we were in New Zealand, we didn't get to our hotel until late, then checked out in the morning, just using our hotel as a place to sleep. This was our last stop on our drive before heading back to Christchurhc and after long days of driving all other days, we decided to get to Kaikoura early - arould 1pm - and were able to check in. And what a great place to check in early. Huge two bedroom apartments that I could have moved right in and stayed there for months. The washer and dryer in the apartment were very convenient and the fully stocked kitchen was also nice. It was nice to lounge around the living area as well as sit out on the large balcony that easily sat four of us while we drank wine at sunset. Traveling with another couple and splitting the cost, also made this very affordable - and with two sepearte bedrooms and bathrooms - it was just like having your own room. The staff was super friendly and attentive. And to top it all off, it was a great location - next to the Dolphin Encounter and right across the road from the beach. Next time we head back to New Zealand, we'll plan on staying here for several days!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Louth, Lincolnshire, England
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Reviewed February 26, 2010

I can only reiterate what has already been said regarding the high standard of cleanliness and equipment within these apartments. They are first class.
Waves is made up of car parking and office accommodation on the ground floor, with the apartments being on the first and second floors.
Advertising infers that all apartments have excellent ocean views, but this is not the case in relation to some on the first floor . This is due to an adjacent building which blocks much of the view.
We expressed our disappointment and were eventually allocated another apartment - luckily for us there were some vacancies.
Therefore if the view is of importance to you then I suggest that you make this clear at the time of making your reservation.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed February 24, 2010

Although we only spent one night at Waves on Esplanade, we were very impressed with our apartment. 2 bedrooms, comfortable living room & kitchen area, plus a free washer and dryer in the aparment. Very clean.
The front desk was helpful in walking us through the apartment upon check in and also offered good suggestions for dinner & activities.
The location is nice as it's within walking distance of the main street in town and most restaraunts. Also, the apartments are on the waterfront so the views are lovely from the balcony. If you are traveling with kids, there is nice playground adjacent to the hotel. We wish we could've stayed longer!

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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Leicester
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Reviewed February 23, 2010

A superb place to stay with wonderful views of Kaikoura and the mountains. We stayed two nights in Apartment 12 and it was a great place to unwind after a long day's driving. The decor and amenities were first class. The free internet access was a real bonus even though it was limited. A bit more expensive than other places we stayed in NZ , but worth every penny. A real taste of luxury. Definitely the best apartmenrt we stayed in during our month long trip down under to both NZ and Oz. The apartments are conveniently located for all Kaikoura has to offer. A beautiful spot in a beautiful location. We will definitely recommend this accommodation to family and friends and will return ourselves one day. Karen and Tony Stokes, Leicester, England

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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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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