I arrived to Kaikoura by train and as the following two whale watching cruises were complete I booked the first cruise available and went to the motel.
Unfortunately, they don't let me get in because it was 10 a.m. (a few hours before 2 p.m.) and so I left the luggage and go around to see something (not a lot actually because it was raining) in the city center and spent some time at the tourist information waiting for the cruise.
After the cruise I returned to the hotel and so I could go to the room and have some short rest.
The room is quite confortable but there was no a good view as publicised.
The accomodation is not very far from the city centre (5-10 minutes walking) but you must walk 100-200 metres in a very step road. The railways station (the whale wathing is located in the same site) is another 5-10 minutes walking.
The centre of Kaikoura is quite small and there is nothing of particular attractive apart from something I haven't see because I didn't read very careful the guide: an old house made entirely with whales bones.
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