Bendamere House Bed & Breakfast
Bendamere House Bed & Breakfast

10 Best Accommodation in Kaikoura for Foodies

© Bendamere House Bed & Breakfast

Hotels with Restaurants and/or Self-catering Accommodation in Kaikoura

The “Kai” in Kaikoura means “food” in the Maori language, so it’s only fitting to find some foodie accommodation for your visit. Kaikoura not only has hotels, albeit a small selection of hotels, with fantastic restaurants, but the coastal town also has a wide range of self-catering accommodation to suit all budgets. Whether you prefer to dine out, have breakfast delivered or cook up your own meals, you’ll find an appropriate place to stay in this list of accommodation in Kaikoura for foodies.

For more inspiration for your stay, see 10 Incredible Things to Do in Kaikoura.

1. The Pier Hotel

Stay and dine in a historic hotel on the waterfront of Kaikoura. The Pier Hotel is a local favourite for its classic “Kiwi pub” ambience, while visitors can make use of the guest rooms upstairs. Most of the 10 guest rooms have access to a wraparound balcony where breakfast or a glass of wine can be enjoyed while spotting dolphins on the horizon. Rooms are simple with shared bathroom facilities yet the fresh and sleek decor compliments the building’s 130-year heritage. As for food, The Pier is famous for its seafood dishes and selection of local wines.

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© The Pier Hotel

2. Kaikoura Boutique Hotel

If you’re more of a “drinkie” than a foodie, then check out the Kaikoura Boutique Hotel! Not only does this stylish hotel have a range of colourful and characterful rooms, but it is also home to the popular Phenix Champagne Bar. The bar is also where your included continental breakfast is served each morning, which you can enjoy inside or al fresco in the courtyard. As for the rooms, there is a fine choice for couples or friends with king and twin set-ups available. Choose either the affordable Courtyard Room or upgrade to gorgeous views and your own balcony with one of the Waterfront Rooms.

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© Kaikoura Boutique Hotel

3. Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge

For self-caterers, find something practical and affordable at the Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge. Just a few minutes walk from the town centre, Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge has 20 self-contained accommodations available, from studios to two-bedroom units. Rooms are cheap, cheerful and have all the essentials, from a basic kitchen for cooking simple meals to an ensuite. Guests can also enjoy the outdoor solar-heated swimming pool, a barbecue area, as well as a children’s playground adjacent to the motor lodge. See more accommodation like this in our 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Kaikoura.

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© Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge

4. Bendamere House Bed & Breakfast

Looking for one of the best breakfasts in town? Consider staying at the Bendamere House Bed & Breakfast. Rooms are comfortable and sleek, detached from the main house for ultimate privacy and tranquillity. Meanwhile, the main house has a real homely ambience to enjoy while indulging in a breakfast of homebaked muffins, croissants and other continental breakfast foods. The B&B is set among a half-acre of lush rose gardens, just mere moments away from the town centre.

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5. The Fairways at Ocean Ridge

An ideal retreat for families or groups of couples travelling together, The Fairways at Ocean Ridge is a luxurious self-catering accommodation. Home comforts are combined with luxury at these well-designed apartments reflecting the natural environment. Each apartment has a king bedroom and a king/twin bedroom, both with their own ensuites and one with a spa bath. Most importantly, the designer kitchen is equipped to cook in style to a mountain view or even opt for home-cooked breakfasts delivered to your door. The Fairways a short drive from the town centre and beside the golf course. See more like this in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Kaikoura.

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© The Fairways at Ocean Ridge

6. Manakau Lodge

Celebrate a special occasion or simply treat yourself to this luxury lodge at the foot of the Kaikoura Mountain Ranges. Manakau Lodge features superbly-appointed guest rooms with pillow-top beds, fine cotton linens and New Zealand rimu-made furnishings. Rooms are kitted out with modern amenities such as 4K Smart TVs, USB power points, an in-room iPad and full air-conditioning. What’s more, the breakfast of freshly-prepared favourites is sure to make you want to stay for dinner to experience Manakau Lodge’s famous cheese and wine platters! See more like this in 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Kaikoura.

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© Manakau Lodge

7. Seaview Motel

Treat yourself to beachfront accommodation at an affordable rate at the Seaview Motel! The boutique motel has nine units, including studios sleeping up to three people and multi-bedroom units sleeping up to five people. The larger units are ideal for families with full kitchen facilities, while the smaller units for couples are more suitable for making breakfast. Rooms are well-appointed and have free WiFi, Sky TV and access to a barbecue area. See more like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in Kaikoura.

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© Seaview Motel

8. Dusky Lodge and Backpackers

Those on a real tight budget have an excellent range of hostels in Kaikoura to choose from. Dusky Lodge and Backpackers is the largest backpacker hostel in Kaikoura with an incredible amount of space to relax after a day’s swimming with dolphins or whale watching. Make use of the multiple lounges, decking areas, an outdoor swimming pool, and even multiple kitchens to spruce up your own meals. From super budget dorm rooms to private en-suite rooms to family rooms, there’s something for everyone. See more like this in 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Kaikoura.

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9. A1 Kaikoura Motel & Holiday Park

Another self-catering accommodation alternative is holiday parks. Just a two-minute walk from the town centre, A1 Kaikoura Motel & Holiday Park is a popular choice for all kinds of budget travellers. If you’re not camping, choose from two varieties of cabin (bedding needs to be hired or you can bring your own) or one of the motel units with a self-contained kitchen, bedding and Freeview TV. Motel layouts include studios and multi-bedroom bedroom units, making them a good option for larger groups. Whichever accommodation you decide to stay in the holiday park, you’ll still have access to kitchen facilities, whether it’s your own in your motel room or the communal kitchen.

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© A1 Kaikoura Motel & Holiday Park

10. Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura

Finally, a motel with fantastic self-catering facilities, Bella Vista Motel is well worth considering. By the time you reach Kaikoura, you might have seen this motel brand more than a few times. Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura follows the same standard as the rest of the chain: clean and crisp motel rooms with a room option for just about anyone. The One-Bedroom Studio is an easy choice for families, sleeping up to four guests with the convenience of a full kitchen, separate bedroom and ensuite with a spa bath. Couples and friends will find suitable cooking facilities in the Superior Studio and Twin/Triple Studio for stove-top meals.

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© Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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