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Kaikoura Apartments
Ranked #6 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Reviewed January 15, 2011

This was the first time in our travels that we stayed in an apartment and if this is the standard of all serviced apartments, we're not likely to stay at 4 or 5* hotels again. Everything was immaculate and all our likely needs thought of. There were only 2 of us, but the flat itself had enough room to sleep at least 5. The flat was fully equiped with a washer/ dryer and dish washer and the kitchen had clean dishes and utensils - just like it would be if I were at home.
We've also been traveling in NZ for a week by the time we arrived at the Waves and were making our way to Oz, so it was great to be able to wash and dry our clothes; there was a selection of DVDs to borrow for free at the office and the living room was equipped with a nice tv, DVD player and stereo. Again, much like one would have at home, thereby making it easy to relax and feel at home. The balcony itself was just screaming for a proper sit down with a cup of tea or a cold beer while one gets lost in the stunning view of the ocean and the mountains behind the waves. Heaven!
If you take a right outside the complex and follow the path, you'll get to where the seals are and there are some food shacks along the road that are hygienic and serve excellent seafood. If you take a left outside the complex, there's the town where you'll surprisingly find most everything you want and need for your visit, despite the small size.
People in general are warm and friendly and Liz and Damer are just lovely.
By the way, we went to Kaikoura for the sole purpose of seeing whales. Unfortunately,we happened to be there when the weather was so inclement that we were on the only boat that managed to sail that day; most everyone got seasick because of the violent waves and worse, we did not get to see whales after all that, which only happens in extreme circumstances (such as this, obviously). Although we were greatly disappointed, our enjoyable stay in Kaikoura and on the Waves on the Esplanade saved what would have been a disastrous leg of the trip otherwise.
NB: the whale watching company handled everything very professionally while we were on the boat getting sick and while we were queuing for our partial refunds for not seeing whales that we would have gotten on another boat to try and see whales again had there been another one sailing that day.
Thanks Liz and Damer.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 12, 2011

What a place to stay, great views loverly apartment and great hosts .Thank you Liz and Damer for your hospitality .Mark&Debbie Ricketts.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2011

WE spent 4 nights at 'waves' and from the moment we arrived felt very welcome - even with 3 cheeky little boys!. The apartments are amazing - everything has been thought of and exceptionally clean and well equipped. It is situated very close to the town but far enough to feel very relaxed and quiet as well as being right on the beach.
Our boys loved it - particularly the skate park opposite (scooters and skateboards provided!) Liz and Damer were very kind indeed and even left us a bottle of wine in our apartment to enjoy after a tiring day with the kids - very thoughtful. Their kindness continued after we left when they tried to find an adaptor we had left behind!

Would recommend this to anyone - great place. Thank you

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 6, 2011

We were a party of 2 couples travelling NZ together. Our first floor corner unit was exceptionally presented, with much appreciated extras such as plunger coffee, a well equipped kitchen and good washing/drying facilities. The perfectly clean unit included a large ensuite and a generous living area, not to mention two balconies overlooking the sea. Idyllic! Bike and kayak hire was also available.
Sadly our stay was cut short by a family bereavement, but we were overwhelmed by the kindness of our hosts.
This accommodation was one of the best...and we can't wait to return!

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 5, 2011

We stayed in this appartment towards the end of our holiday and it was the best one we stayed in ! We really apprectiated the comfort: 2 bathrooms, washing machine, dish washer, very good beds. And also the great views from the living room and balcony and the very friendly owners. Super!

Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 5, 2011

The Waves offered the best combination of price and accommodations on our trip. We had a 2 bedroom apartment with a small balcony and view of the sea. The apartment was well equipped, comfortable and centrally located. Couldn't ask for more.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 30, 2010

Located a short walk for the shopping strip, this pearl is worth a visit if you prefer apartments that offer true quality, comfort, service, convenience and value. The town of Kaikoura offers much for the visitor seeking adventure, natural beauty and historic attractions and the Waves provides an excellent location for you to set out from and return to. I will certainly make a return visit.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled as a couple
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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: $199 - $228 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Kaikoura Apartments 5*
Number of rooms: 11
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