This is my favorite place to stay in Kaikoura! Very homey and inviting for those who want to stay in a Kiwi home instead of a more impersonal hotel. Owner Margaret is a delight (ask to browse the book about her life) as well as her daughters who also take care of travelers. Old farmhouse, but extremely clean and nicely furnished. Best breakfast in New Zealand with a stunning view when the weather is clear. If you like gardens and flowers, you will really enjoy this lovely home.
- 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