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“Superb place to stay”
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Nikau Lodge
Ranked #4 of 32 Kaikoura B&B and Inns
York, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Superb place to stay”
Reviewed April 26, 2012

We loved our stay at the Nikau Lodge. Quentin and Jane couldn't do enough for us and it was nice to feel looked-after after a few nights of anonymous hotels. Quentin picked us up and dropped us off at the train station, and they helped us with our whale watching booking (which was rained off more than once). The views from the room and the patio were stunning, particularly with a glass of complimentary wine. Jack the dog was friendly and fun, and we got to do our laundry, which was very welcome. The breakfasts were superb, including the best Eggs Benedict my wife had during 3 weeks in NZ (with a lot of Eggs Benedict tested!). Comfortable rooms and great hospitality. Lovely.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, May 13, 2012
We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We are happy to help out with tour bookings and our pick up service is complimentary. Our Eggs Benedict is popular, must be that special home-made sauce.
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

We arrived at Kaikoura just for the day, and it was so beautiful we decided to stay the night. We were fortunate to stop at the isite in Kaikoura and ask for information/recommendations, and the first place they suggested was the Nikau Lodge. How lucky were we!?! The room was amazing and rate very reasonable. Homemade baking in our room, Drinks and Spa if we should want, the bed and shower great as well. The bath products (Shampoo, Conditioner ect) were lovely, especially as we didn't have any products of our own, as we weren't planning to stay overnight . You should see the breakfast menu you get to choose from! and of course, that was amazing too.
We absolutely loved staying with you Jane and Quentin, Thank you for having us at such short notice.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Whale Room, but they all looked great,
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed April 12, 2012

This place is blessed with wonderful views of the sea and mountains. Jane and Quentin are very welcoming. Complimentary drinks including wine are available on the landing. It is easy to do the laundry (I popped mine in before breakfast, it was ready for pegging out after - you can use the drier if you wish; iron and board available on request). Breakfasts are delicious. The advantage of the Dolphin room is the chimney from the woodburning stove in the lounge runs through it (see photo) - this provides an extra bit of warmth on chilly days. You do get noise from the highway but double-glazing means it is not excessive.

Room Tip: Dolphin has excellent views and extra warmth from the chimney in the corner on chilly days
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed April 10, 2012

A brief overnight in Kaikoura was made by our stay in Nikau lodge. They hapilly accomodated the large group of us and all the rooms were stunning and comfortable.
Pre dinner nibbles & drinks were delicious, and breakfast was absolutely superb, and a very welcoming atmostphere was also great.

And the lovely warm spa was a great after-dinner relaxation!

Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Melbourne
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2012

Our group were fortunate enough to stay at Nikau Lodge. Jane and Quentin made us feel so incredibly welcome and accommodated us completely. We arrive later than thought, however they had a lovely pre-dinner drinks & nibbles (completely working with our dietary requirements) and even cooked up some fresh fish goujons! They showed us all elements of each room and pointed out the very large jacuzzi and introduced us to their fantastic doggy - Jack! The beds were comfortable and the bedding clean and warm. Nothing was too much for Jane and Quentin as early next day we awoke to a fantastic fully cooked breakfast! I cannot recommend this place enough. Clean, comfortable, welcoming and Jane and Quentin were always happy to give a bit of local knowledge and help out. If you head this way - you must stay here!

Room Tip: The top floor will give you amazing views, however ALL the rooms are comfortable.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed April 4, 2012 via mobile

We only stayed one night but wished we could stay longer. Our hosts prepared pre-dinner drinks and nibbles for our large group, with homemade and local delicacies. The rooms are large and clean, with excellent views from the upstairs rooms. Bedding is comfortable and luxurious. Most importantly there has been nothing that our hosts cannot provide when asked. Breakfast was a feast and delicious, including catering in advance for allergies and food preferences. Thanks for a fantastic stay, we highly recommend.

Stayed April 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2012

I was lucky enough to get an upgrade to an upstairs room at Nikau Lodge and this made my stay unforgettable! The views of the mountains and ocean were amazing. The room was really lovely with a comfortable bed and clean amenities. Little additions added to my great stay here, like cookies on arrival, free wi-fi and beer and wine. Quentin and Jane were very friendly hosts and made a delicious breakfast.The only problem was a bit of road noise but they provided ear plugs to help block it out.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Nikau Lodge
Address: 53 Deal Street | close to State Hwy 1, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Nikau Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated 10 minutes walk from Kaikoura's main town centre, Nikau Lodge has magnificent views of the Kaikoura Mountain Range and the Ocean. Come relax in the lounge, unwind in the garden or just come for a good nights rest. Continental and Full Cooked Breakfast using fresh local produce is served to you in the morning. ... more   less 
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