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Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge
Ranked #7 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

We recently stayed the night in a 1 bedroom unit. We were really impressed by the cleanliness and large size of the rooms, the huge bathroom with spabath and how modern and comfortable the place was.
There was no issue with road noise at all.

The pool was loved by our kids, it was so warm and sheltered from the wind. We walked into town which was an easy 5 minutes plus a huge playground is right across the road for the kids.

On check in and checkout the owners were super friendly and very pleasant to deal with.

I would certainly recommend staying here to anyone.

Room Tip: We stayed in a room lower floor right at the farthest end from the main road and straight across fro...
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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13  Thank Nathnz99
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Recently spent 2 nights here with family. Excellent location, an easy walk from the town but not too close. We thought that traffic noise may be a problem due to the motel actually being on State Highway 1 but we heard no noise at all. The pool was lovely and clean and the rooms well appointed and spotless. The kitchen was well equipped and I liked the touch of having your own table and chairs outside of your room.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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12  Thank Nessmoo
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

we just stayed for one night as we were there for a wedding, the man on the reception was very helpful with directions to the venues.
the room was great with a spectacular view from the 2nd story, comfy beds, full kitchen, big in-room spa. really lovely stay

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank haykerryharris
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

This motel was very clean and the owners were very friendly and helpful. Full kitchen and a nice pool to use. Would def recommend. We stayed 3 nights in the 2 bedroom room. It is a five minute walk to town from the hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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13  Thank Eleanor78
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

I recently had the pleasure of touring the WHOLE way around the south island by car with my wife and her mom. We stayed in alot of motels and motor lodges, but this one stood out as being the best! It was modern, clean and spacious! It has a brand new kitchen (well equipped) and it is the only one we stayed at that had a full size fridge and oven. Oh and did I mention it had a giant 3 peorson whirlpool bath! Which my wife and i found very inviting after 11 days of driving. We also took advantage of the free bbq facilities beside the large inground swimming pool, that looked very tempting as there were plenty of others mingling around in the sun and swimming laps. Judging by the smiles on their faces, and the flow of friendly conversation i can only guess they were all as happy to be there as we were. We liked it enough to stay a second night and push our ferry ride back a day! I could go on about how friendly all the staff were, and i can't wait to stay there again, but i think you all get the point. I'LL BE BACK

Room Tip: Rooms around the back side are closer to the sauna and jacuzzi
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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15  Thank RobertAllenNoel
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We stayed here in December and found it quite expensive for what you get. The room was nothing special and we found it small and very dusty. As it was on a busy road, we couldn't sleep at night due to the noise from the trucks etc. We've done quite a bit of travelling around NZ and this is the first place where we've had to pay for internet.

We asked for our bathroom to be cleaned again, as it was dirty when we checked in and the owner questioned us quite rudely! Consequently the bathroom was not cleaned again and we couldn't wait to leave the place and so left a day earlier than planned. This is the first place we've stayed in that wouldn't automatically refund when leaving a day earlier. They advised us curtly that we would only receive the refund if they filled the room for that night, luckily for us, after following up, they did fill the room. We would not stay there again, even if it were the last place to stay in NZ.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank estherMaputo
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

I stayed here with friends for 2 nights. The managers were so lovely and helpful. The apartment was clean and well fitted. The laundry was an added bonus. The pool was great too!
Would definitely stay here again. Great location, just a short walk into town.

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5  Thank Belinda C
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Additional Information about Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge

Address: 16-18 Churchill Street, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Kaikoura
#6 Luxury Hotel in Kaikoura
#6 Family Hotel in Kaikoura
Price Range: $102 - $173 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge 4.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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