I had originally planned to stay one night at the Bay-view and had exchanged emails with Margaret via her daughter which made booking very easy. After the earthquake, I needed to stay an extra night and Margaret was very accommodating over this. She met me off the bus and took me back, proudly showing me her beautiful garden and very cozy home. She was an excellent host and the full cooked breakfasts were superb with everything imaginable and nearly all items either home grown or home made. The fresh eggs from her own hens and fruits straight off the trees were fantastic! The location of the homestay was ideal for me - up on the top of the pepninsula - so I took a walk down to the coast road on the first evening which was lovely. I was given a lift down to the whale watch which was great and then after that I walked the entire coast around the peninsula and across the fields back up to the property. Margaret also gave me a lift to the bus stop for my onward journey and I can honestly say that I was very happy to stay with her as she was so welcoming and friendly, not to say extremely energetic for a lady in her eighties! My room was very comfy and had a lovely view over the garden. I would love to go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Margaret Woodill is the classic Kiwi grandmother and thinks nothing of getting up at 5.30 am to cook a full breakfast including homemade bread before your whale watching or dolphin swimming trip in Kaikoura, New Zealand. She’s lived in her Kaikoura peninsula home with its sweeping views of sea and mountains since 1934. She began taking in passing travellers over 20 years ago, just before the whales and dolphins turned the township into a tourist Mecca. When her four children left home, opening a bed and breakfast seemed a logical use for spare bedrooms and bathrooms. Since husband Bob’s death in 1999, Margaret says guests are her family and that’s why she calls it a HOMESTAY rather than a B&B. ... more less