Austin Heights was our first B&B in New Zealand and it set the standard.
Austin Heights is located at the top of a hill, in a quiet residential area about 1 miles from the centre of Kaikoura. Although John & Lyn were happy to drive any guest to and from town, a car really is essential to enjoy the area to the full.
We stayed in the deluxe ocean view suite which was on the 1st floor complete with a balcony overlooking the mountains and the sea. Our room was very spacious with a comfortable bed with high quality bed linen and a modern ensuite with an excellent shower and fluffy towels. There was also a small kitchen area complete with fridge, microwave and ample crockery and cutlery. It was nice to be able to have a cup of tea and our 1st Anzac biscuit when we arrived.
The Contiental breakfast was excellent - fruit juice, fresh fruit salad, yoghurt, muesllis, delicious brown toast and tea or coffee.
John & Lyn with their local knowledge, could recommend places to go and where to eat. Lyn booked us a table at the Green Dolphin Restaurant as we had particularly wished to have crayfish. The entire meal was delicious, including the crayfish, and the young waitress from Berlin knew her New Zealand wines.
We would certainly recommend Austin Heights to anyone visiting Kaikoura and as a tip, do as we did and book direct with John & Lyn on their website!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Love Kaikoura, but hate the noise of the traffic - here's the answer. Beautiful Austin Heights is situated on the Kaikoura Peninsula where it is peaceful and commands a stunning Panoramic view of the Kaikoura Mountain ranges, Pacific Ocean & Coastline. Only a five minute drive from the town center and all local attractions. Like the Whale-watch, Dolphin & Seal Encounters, handy to the beautiful Peninsula Coastal walkway & the Seal Colony. Lovely, spacious & sunny, apartments with a lovely decor, excellent quality beds. Opening directly out onto a long balcony with a Panoramic view of the Mountains & Pacific Ocean. Own kitchenette, fridge, microwave, tea & plunger coffee facilities. Private entrances & parking space. Austin Heights is surrounded in prize-winning Gardens. Lynne & John your friendly Kiwi Hosts have 15 years experience running their B&B and will make you welcome to Austin Heights. A special continental breakfast plus free range eggs is included in tariff plus all government taxes. Free WIFI available at all times. Complimentary pick-up & deliver to the bus or train with prior notice. ... more less
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