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“A pleasant stay” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge

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Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge
Ranked #6 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
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Surrey
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60 reviews
57 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“A pleasant stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2012

The motel is situated on the main road to Christchurch but our room was located near the rear of the property and consequently we did not hear any traffic noise. The check-in process was completed with the minimum of fuss and we were also given lots of information on the locality.

The hotel is located about 10 minutes walk from the town, down a steep hill. A little further from the main shopping/restaurant area is an excellent restaurant called The White Morph. I suggest a reservation is made to avoid disappointment.

We stayed for three nights. The motel has a heated swimming pool which we and some of the other guests used - it was really refreshing after a long journey. The motel also had an outside spa which guests could book for a small fee.

Our room was fairly large and the bathroom had a large spa bath with a flexible shower above it. The room had a kitchenette which we only used to make hot drinks. A small wardrobe contained the ironing board and iron but left little space for storage. A desk unit offered a small amount of drawer storage.

Everything worked and the room was very clean.

The owners made us very welcome and we would stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Wellington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2012

We spent two nights here. Great location. A short and enjoyable downhill walk to Kaikoura's town centre. Clean rooms. Modern facilities. Hosts were very friendly. The kids enjoyed the swimming pool (total bonus).

Only downsides: (1) the rooms were a tad small given the price, and (2) having to pay a small fee for use of the spa pool.

Kaikoura is a great part of the world. The Gatway Motor Lodge is a good place to stay; would definitely recommend.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2012

Clean room with good facilities. The bathroom was was clean, and had a good sized bath/shower. The kitchenette contained all we needed. Unfortuneately the air-con leaked water all over the bed during the night which made for a slightly interupted evening.
Pool was lovely and the office staff were friendly.
Parking for the rear units is VERY tight - need to reverse in so you can actually get your car out in the morning!!!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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134 reviews
38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

We stayed one quick night here on our way to Nelson and found this hotel clean and convenient. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It was a quick walk to town.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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2 Thank TravelFamily118
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Queenstown
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

Everything from check-in to check-out was great!! Rooms are modern and very tasteful, hosts very friendly and helpful and had great recommendations for dinner! The town centre is just a short walk from the motel through the park.
A big thumbs up to this one!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
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Tauranga
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2011

Central location, friendly hosts. Rooms were clean and well equipped.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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2 Thank L T
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Palm City, Florida
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33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2011

Excellent motel and walking distance to town. Friendly and helpful hosts. Room well equipped amd very clean. Hosts were understanding when we checked out early to get to Christchurch before the big snow.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Esgp
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Additional Information about Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge

Property: Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge
Address: 16-18 Churchill Street (State Highway 1), Kaikoura, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kaikoura
#5 Luxury Hotel in Kaikoura
#6 Family Hotel in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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