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10 Best Budget Accommodation in Kaikoura

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Cheap Accommodation in Kaikoura

The wildlife mecca of Kaikoura is home to a wealth of mesmerising experiences, from whale watching to seal swimming. With so much to do – just see 10 Incredible Things to Do in Kaikoura – you’re definitely going to want to save some money when it comes to accommodation. On the plus side, Kaikoura has a range of budget accommodations to suit all traveller types, whether you’re a family, a couple or a budgeting backpacker. Take a look at your options in this list of budget accommodation in Kaikoura.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in 5 Top Wildlife Activities in Kaikoura and The Guide to Kaikoura on a Budget.

1. Seaview Motel

Treat yourself to beachfront accommodation at an affordable price at the Seaview Motel! The boutique motel has nine units sleeping up to three people in the studios and up to five people in the multi-bedroom units. The larger units are ideal for families with full kitchen facilities, while the smaller unit for couples have facilities 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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2. Willowbank Motel

Located near popular activity providers like Dolphin Encounter, Willowbank Motel is a little out of town but still convenient for activities. The 11 rooms at the motel have kitchenettes, a dining area and individual climate control. While the room decor is nothing flashy, you can hardly complain about the price. Room layouts include studios and multi-bedroom apartments for different budgets.

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3. A1 Kaikoura Motel & Holiday Park

Just a two-minute walk from the town centre and offering a wide range of accommodation, 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 kitchen, bedding and Freeview TV. Motel layouts include studios up to three-bedroom units, making them a good option for larger groups. There are also communal kitchen and bathroom facilities in the campground, as well as a children’s playground.

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4. Dusky Lodge and Backpackers

The largest backpacker hostel in Kaikoura has an incredible amount of space to relax after a day’s swimming with dolphins or whale watching with multiple lounges, decking areas and even an outdoor swimming pool. From super budget dorm rooms to private en-suite rooms to family rooms, there’s something for everyone. Facilities also include communal kitchens, laundry, dining areas and free unlimited WiFi. See more like this in 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Kaikoura.

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5. Blue Seas Motel

In a peaceful location on the beachfront, Blue Seas Motel is definitely worth checking for availability. The budget motel has 13 motel units, some with a sea or mountain view and some with a spa bath. Choose from one of the Standard Studios sleeping up to three with a small kitchen, bathroom and dining area. The one and two-bedroom units sleep either four or six guests and contain the most essential amenities from home.

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6. Brook House B&B & Cottages

Get the “local experience” by staying at Brook House B&B & Cottages! The homely B&B accommodation offers well-appointed rooms in a single, twin and double bed layout with ensuites and a communal lounge, dining area and kitchen. The rate includes a continental breakfast of fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals, bread and jams, as well as “Judy’s Fabulous Chocolate Muffins”. Laundry and WiFi are also available at no extra cost. Find the B&B just a short drive from the town centre near the New World supermarket.

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7. Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge

Just a few minutes walk from the town centre, Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge makes your stay in Kaikoura all too easy! The 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 to an ensuite. Guests can also enjoy the outdoor solar-heated swimming pool, barbecue area, as well as a children’s playground adjacent to the motor lodge.

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8. Lobster Inn Motor Lodge

Modern motel rooms, a convenient location opposite the supermarket, and affordable rates: what’s not to love about the Lobster Inn Motor Lodge? The stylish motel rooms are equipped with a fridge, microwave, Freeview TV, DVDs and free WiFi. Studios come in a variety of layouts, from queen to king to twin to “Deluxe”, while the one and two-bedroom units are ideal for groups and families.

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9. Dolphin Lodge

Another hostel-style accommodation worth considering in Kaikoura is Dolphin Lodge. The homely hostel offers private double rooms with or without an ensuite, twin rooms and dorms. All the home comforts are included, such as a communal kitchen, outdoor spa pool, DVD library, garden furniture and a barbecue. What’s more, you’re just a couple of minutes’ stroll from the main street.

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10. Panorama Motel

Last but certainly not least, enjoy gorgeous sunsets from your one or two-bedroom unit at the Panorama Motel. Each unit opens up onto a patio or private balcony where you can take in the sea views. Rooms are lined with timber and decorated in a classic Kiwi motel style, featuring amenities like a kitchenette, Sky TV, WiFi and use of cots/highchairs and laundry if needed. The motel is a five-minute walk from the wharf and a selection of restaurants.

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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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