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10 Best Family Accommodation in Kaikoura

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Kid-friendly Accommodation in Kaikoura

Treat you and your family to the wildlife mecca of the South Island, Kaikoura! The coastal town is sure to educate the little ones of the magnificent creatures we share the world with, including whales, albatross, dolphins, seals and more. With so much to do in this cool little town, you’re definitely going to want to stick around a while. With that in mind, we’ve handpicked some of our favourite family accommodation in Kaikoura, from holiday parks to luxury apartments.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in 10 Incredible Things to Do in Kaikoura and The Guide to Kaikoura for Families.

1. Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura

By the time you reach Kaikoura, you might have seen the Bella Vista 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 something for everyone. The One-Bedroom Studio is an easy choice for families, sleeping up to four guests with the convenience of a full kitchen, a separate bedroom and an ensuite with a spa bath. Families of six can also use the interconnecting door to the next unit.

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2. Alpine-Pacific Holiday Park

Holiday parks are always popular with the kids, thanks to facilities such as children’s playgrounds, outdoor heated swimming pools and usually other kids! The Alpine-Pacific Holiday Park has all of this and more, as well as a range of accommodation styles. Keep things cheap and cheerful in the Standard Cabins and make use of the communal kitchen and bathroom. Alternatively, One-Bedroom Deluxe Park Motels provide the privacy and comforts of home with a full kitchen, Sky TV, DVD player and underfloor heating.

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3. Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge

Just a few minutes walk from the town centre, Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge makes a family stay in Kaikoura all too easy! The motor lodge has 20 self-contained accommodations available, including one and two-bedroom units. Rooms are affordable, basic and have all the essentials, from a full kitchen to an ensuite. Family time can also be spent in the outdoor solar-heated swimming pool, barbecue area and the children’s playground adjacent to the motor lodge. See more like this in our 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Kaikoura.

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4. Admiral Court Motel Kaikoura

A quiet motel with magnificent views of the Kaikoura Mountain Ranges, Admiral Court Motel Kaikoura could be described as a hidden gem. The ocean is just a two-minute walk away at the motel located between the Kaikoura Peninsula seal colony and the town centre. The Family Unit offers two bedrooms and a sofa bed in the lounge for that extra person. You’ll have the ultimate convenience of a full kitchen, while the kids have plenty of space to play in the large lounge with a TV, dining table and chairs. WiFi is also included in the stay.

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5. Kaikoura Cottage Motels

Get the full home-away-from-home experience by staying in one of the eight fully self-contained, two-roomed cottages of the Kaikoura Cottage Motels. Each cottage is set in its own private landscaped garden and captures views of the mountains. Keep the kids entertained at the children’s playground or with the complimentary DVD library and WiFi. The cottages have an unusual layout of the queen bed set back from the lounge with partition walls to separate the two, while the kids will have their own beds in a separate bedroom – ideal if you want to stay up later and watch the TV!

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6. Lobster Inn Motor Lodge

Modern motel rooms, a convenient location adjacent to the supermarket and affordable rates, what’s not to love about the Lobster Inn Motor Lodge? The stylish One and Two-Bedroom Family Rooms are equipped with a kitchen, ensuite shower rooms, breakfast bar and plenty of space for the family to enjoy their downtime. Extra facilities include Freeview TV, DVDs and free WiFi.

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7. Seaview Motel

Treat you and your family to beachfront accommodation at an affordable price at the Seaview Motel. The boutique motel has nine units sleeping a family of three in the studios and up to five people in the multi-bedroom units. The larger units feature a full kitchen, while the smaller units have facilities more suitable for making breakfast. Either way, rooms are well-appointed and have free WiFi, Sky TV and access to a barbecue area.

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8. Waves Apartments

Enjoy your own modern apartment just a five-minute walk from the town centre. There’s plenty of space for the two families in the two-bedroom apartments at Waves Apartments, featuring two bathrooms, laundry facilities, a fully-equipped kitchen and a living room. Enjoy meals from your own sunny balcony in summer and keep the kids entertained with Sky TV and a DVD player. See more self-catering accommodation in 10 Best Accommodation in Kaikoura for Foodies.

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9. The Fairways at Ocean Ridge

For families seeking home comforts combined with luxury, take a look at The Fairways at Ocean Ridge. These beautifully-designed apartments reflect the natural environment and take in the views with floor-to-ceiling windows. Each apartment has a king bedroom and a twin bedroom, both with ensuites and one with a spa bath. The designer kitchen is equipped to cook in style or even opt for home-cooked breakfasts delivered to your door. Find this accommodation 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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10. Kaikoura Quality Suites

For the discerning family who wants to stay in Kaikoura in style, check out Kaikoura Quality Suites. The One-Bedroom Suite is a great choice for families, sleeping up to five guests across a private king room and an open-plan lounge/kitchen with a super king bed. Facilities include underfloor heating, a dining area, free WiFi and a kitchenette.

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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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