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Bangkok, Thailand
Reviewed 13 July 2013

This is a fantastic place to spend a few days in Kaikoura. Very well maintained and beautiful apartments. Two bedrooms with a bathroom each. Perfect for a family of four as we are. Well equipped kitchen, washing machine and dryer made life easy. Liz and Damer manage the Waves in an outstanding manner. They went out of the way to...

Thank Peter Henri H
Reviewed 11 July 2013

We stayed here to go whale watching the next day - with our two kids 12 and 9. We only stayed one night and the only problem we had there is that none of us wanted to leave. We checked in after an incredibly scenic drive down the rugged and remote coastline from Blenheim. The manager - Damer really warmly...

Thank Peter Z
Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 10 July 2013

I stayed one night on route to Hanmer with my two boys, Jack 11 and Sam during their July school holidays. The personalised service from Liz the manager was so amazing and so appreciated. When we arrived Liz presented my boys with their own wee treat and on the door of our room was a lovely personalised message just for...

1Thank Tim R
Buderim, Australia
Reviewed 10 July 2013

Great place to stay for 2 couples travelling together. We had a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom appartments. Worked out real value for money especially if you stay 3 nights. Staff were very helpful and the appartments was great. Kaikoura is the best kept secret in NZ.

Thank Rob Y
Nelson, New Zealand
Reviewed 4 July 2013

I am known as a "frugal" man. Some might even say "cheap". There have been times when I squeezed a five dollar bill so tightly that Sir Ed started gasping for air. But it was my anniversary and the wife does not always share my peccadillo regarding expenses. I choose Kaikoura for a 2 night holiday complete with golf and...

2Thank skytime
Reviewed 23 June 2013

Had a unexpected stay at the waves, as our trVel plans changed. The weather was terrible with the howling wind and torrential rain, but the apartment was lovely, among the best we have stayed at to date. Room was lovely and warm when we arrived, as the heat pump had been turned on for us, everything one could want was...

1Thank Judesmail
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed 21 June 2013

We were in the middle of a 3 week trip and wanted spacious lodging with a view--and this totally fit the bill. We had 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, with laundry facilities, perfect break for a long trip. Large rooms, nicely appointed, quiet, walking distance to many restaurants, easy parking--and a balcony with a lovely view of the water. We...

Thank Pyewackett
Taupo, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 June 2013

We stayed 3 nights at Waves. We live in the North Island and called on spec whilst driving through Kaikora. We were made to feel most welcome by the resident hosts and shown a choice of apartments without further delay. We chose an apartment on the 3rd level. The unit was without doubt one of the cleanest most well fitted...

Thank russell b
Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 7 June 2013 via mobile

We stayed for a night at Waves. The apartment is very clean and spacious with all modern cons. The heaters were on when we came to the apartment as it was a cold day. Overall I would stay here again and recommend best stay in Kaikoura.

1Thank zureen
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 29 May 2013

We had 5 family members staying in the one unit and there was plenty of space. Lovely decor and very well appointed. The views out to the ocean and mountains are absolutely stunning. Liz, was great fun and looked after us very well. My mother-in-law left a toiletry bag in the unit and Liz very kindly arranged to have it...

Thank fussyvoyager

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Additional Information about Kaikoura Apartments

Address: 78 The Esplanade, Kaikoura 7301, New Zealand (Formerly Waves on the Esplanade Kaikoura)
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Price Range: $237 - $317 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Kaikoura Apartments 5*
Number of rooms: 11
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Also Known As:
Waves On The Esplanade Kaikoura Hotel Kaikoura
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#1 Family Hotel in Kaikoura
#3 Romantic Hotel in Kaikoura
#4 Luxury Hotel in Kaikoura
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“Be mindful of the lack of elevators, you could be climbing two flights of stairs depending on the apartment you get.”
  • Sunrise view from Apartment 10
 of 5 bubbles InfrequentFlyer22, 2 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Top floor is best”
 of 5 bubbles Didge77, 5 Apr 2016 | Read review
“every apartment has a sea view!”
 of 5 bubbles cantravnut, 22 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Room 11 was great, but all rooms seem to have the same good view.”
 of 5 bubbles LandALot, 4 Mar 2016 | Read review
“We recommend the second floor, mid way between street and back”
  • View from our room over bay and mountains in background
 of 5 bubbles LynnSmithOntario, 2 Feb 2016 | Read review
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