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Nikau Lodge
Ranked #3 of 32 Kaikoura B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cirencester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“Great place to stay.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

We only had 1 night stay at The Nikau. That was a pity because it was very enjoyable. The hosts Quentin and Jane were very friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble. The location is good you can easily walk into town. The breakfast was excellent. Our room - The Dolphin had a brilliant view.

Room Tip: The Dolphin had a brilliant view!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
There is a lot to see and do in Kaikoura so we do agree with you that it is good to stay longer than 1 night. Thank you so much for the fantastic review.
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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

Very nice and comfortable place to stay. The rooms were really nice with a very comfortable bed! We loved how we were looked after and the breakfast was amazing.
Defintely would go back there again next time we are in Kaikoura!
Easy to walk into town as well

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
Thanks for the review. It will be great to see you again next time you are down this way.
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2013

As with all the best B&Bs, the hosts are what make this place special and Quentin and Jane spare no effort to give you a good stay, with Quentin in particular proving to be a lively character. The welcome and constant attention were much appreciated and made for a very happy stay, enhanced by the chance to relax in their lovely gardens. And the free wine, beer and water kept in a small fridge outside the guest rooms is quite a bonus.

We were in the Whale room which is very comfortable indeed with stunning views across the mountains and bay. A well set-up and spacious room to relax in at the end of the day.

Nikau Lodge is pretty much the perfect spot and we cannot recommend it highly enough. Just one niggle: the bathroom in the next room backed onto our bedroom with apparently thin walls so that when the occupants took a 6.30am shower each morning, we were instantly awake and right in there with them!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, March 16, 2013
We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and that you enjoyed Quentin's hosting style! It is a shame the guests next door chose to shower at 6.30am. Thank you for the review.
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East Kilbride, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at Nikau Lodge. Jane and Quentin are lovely people, so generous and welcoming and they work really hard to make your stay a relaxing and easy one. The Lodge has a wonderful aspect, above the town, with two paths nearby taking you to the West End or to the Esplanade by foot in less than 10 minutes. The Lodge has a lovely garden where you can sit at the end of the day and enjoy a glass of the complementary wine.
The lovely May Chang toiletries, cotton buds and cotton wool are what you might expect in a 5 star cityhotel. Breakfast was wonderful, really sociable...and the food is great (especially the eggs, poached or scrambled and the home made jams are to die for!). We loved our time in Kaikoura; we saw a sperm whale, a colony of seals, walked around the peninsula, and it was a joy to come back to the hospitality of Nikau Lodge.

Room Tip: The whale room is spacious with a lovely view of the beach and mountains
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
We are so glad you felt relaxed at Nikau Lodge; that is certainly our aim. Thank you very much for the great review.
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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013 via mobile

Lovely place to stay in Kaikura. Hosts Jane and Quentin are so attentive, friendly and helpful while Jack the dog is sweet. There are lovely views from the room windows and excellent breakfasts are produced for the guests. Good B&B choice for this area.

  • Stayed February 2013
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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank yo for your wonderful review. The "sweet" dog is wanting to play ball yet again!
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Chale, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

We loved our stay at Nikau Lodge. we stayed in the smaller downstairs ,seahorse room which was very pleasant and just the job for a short stay.
Excellent toiletries and the comfiest bed ever. our room had its own little fridge and to our delight was full of complimentary wine and beer - top!!!!
We took advatage of the hot tub in the garden too. We had a whale watching trip booked , Nikau is only 15 mins walk away from this and 5 mins from the many restaurants along the sea front.
thank you , so pleased we came.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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NikauLodge, Manager at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
We are so pleased you came to sty with us too. The hot tub is a great spot to chill out and unwind. Very pleasant spot to take a glass of our complimentary wine.
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Cameron Park, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

What a wonderful bed and breakfast - we had a fantastic view of the ocean and mountains from our window - a cosy bay window to sit in and enjoy the view - comfortable bed and fantastic, friendly hosts. We lingered over breakfast enjoying our conversation with three other couples - from Scotland, the Netherlands and the U.S. Breakfast was delicious and the variety was great.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Karamary
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NikauLodge, Owner at Nikau Lodge, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
We particularly love those mornings at breakfast when we have guests from all over the world and we also like providing a variety of options on our menu.
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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 #3 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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