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10 Best Hotels in Kaikoura

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Accommodation in Kaikoura

Kaikoura might be one of the most popular destinations on the South Island, but it still keeps its down-to-earth vibe in terms of the accommodation available, such as boutique lodges, B&Bs, motels and holiday parks. In short, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a choice of large hotels here. With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of accommodation in Kaikoura with the closest resemblance to hotel-style rooms, as well as a few alternative accommodations worth considering. We’ve done the research for you in this list of hotels in Kaikoura!

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1. Kaikoura Boutique Hotel

A stylish hotel with a range of colourful rooms and a popular champagne bar, Kaikoura Boutique Hotel is a popular choice for couples and friends. The bar is also where your continental breakfast is served each morning, as well as drinks in the evening. As for the rooms, they are a fine choice of king and twin set-ups with or without a waterfront view. Choose either the affordable Courtyard Room or upgrade to gorgeous views and your own balcony with one of the Waterfront Rooms. Either way, your room is tastefully-appointed with popping colours and kitted out with an ensuite and the usual hotel amenities.

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© Kaikoura Boutique Hotel

2. The Pier Hotel

Stay and dine in this 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 upstairs guest rooms. Most of the 10 guest rooms have access to a wraparound balcony where breakfast or a glass of wine can be enjoyed while watching the sunrise or dolphins on the horizon. Rooms are simple with fresh and sleek decor complimenting the building’s 130-year heritage. There are shared bathroom facilities keeping in with the old Kiwi hotel theme. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Accommodation in Kaikoura for Foodies.

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3. The White Morph – Heritage Collection

Located on the Esplanade of Kaikoura, The White Morph offers unbeatable views of the ocean and Kaikoura Mountains. The international hotel from the Heritage Collection is a 10-minute walk from town, yet feels a world away when you’re indulging in your Premium Spa Studio’s spa bath or listening to the waves gently lapping onto the shores from your king-sized bed. Rooms also have a kitchenette to make basic meals. See more like this in 10 Best Romantic Accommodation in Kaikoura.

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© The White Morph Heritage Collection

4. Koura Bay Golf Resort

A Kaikoura hotel with a difference, Koura Bay Golf Resort features a private nine-hole golf course with panoramic views including the Kaikoura Peninsula and Kaikoura Mountain Ranges. After a round of golf, relax in The Dining Room serving breakfast and lunch every day or have a drink in the bar. Your room choices include King Studio Room with a minibar, plunger coffee, Sky TV and free WiFi, and the Superior King Suite with additions like underfloor heating and a private balcony.

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© Koura Bay Golf Resort

5. Kaikoura Quality Suites

For the discerning traveller looking for an aparthotel in Kaikoura, 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. Corporate travellers or couples will experience space, comfort and style in the Executive Studio opening up onto a private courtyard or deck. Facilities in the suites include underfloor heating, free WiFi and a kitchenette. See more recommendations like this in our 10 Best Luxury Accommodation in Kaikoura.

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6. The Hamptons

Sitting just across the road from the scenic Kaikoura coastline, the location of The Hamptons is just the start of what this luxury bed and breakfast has to offer. The boutique accommodation has a small selection of hotel-style double rooms opening out onto its own seaside deck or garden. The guest rooms are kitted out with quality amenities from the ensuite to the simple kitchenette while keeping things modern with a Smart TV and free WiFi. Breakfast, made from locally-sourced ingredients, is served in your room.

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7. Lobster Inn Motor Lodge

Moving onto some motel accommodation, the Lobster Inn Motor Lodge is well worth considering even if you’re more used to staying in hotels. The motor lodge’s main drawcards are the modern rooms, convenient location opposite the supermarket, and affordable rates. Rooms are equipped with a fridge, microwave, Freeview TV, DVDs and free WiFi and come in a variety of layouts. Studios are available in queen, king, twin and “Deluxe”, while the one and two-bedroom units are made for groups and families. See more accommodation like this in our list of 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Kaikoura.

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8. Dusky Lodge & Backpackers

More budget accommodation awaits at the Dusky Lodge & Backpackers. This hostel 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, kitchens, laundry and even an outdoor swimming pool. From super budget dorm rooms to private en-suite rooms to family rooms, there’s something for everyone at Dusky Lodge. See more like this in 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Kaikoura.

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9. A1 Kaikoura Motel & Holiday Park

Another budget option is Kaikoura’s holiday parks, such as A1 Kaikoura Motel & Holiday Park. The holiday park is just a two-minute walk from the town centre and offers a wide range of accommodation. 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 bathroom, kitchen, bedding and Freeview TV. Motel room types include studios up to three-bedroom units, making them a good option for larger groups. There is also a communal kitchen, bathroom facilities and a children’s playground.

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© A1 Kaikoura Motel & Holiday Park

10. Brook House B&B & Cottages

Get the “local experience” at Brook House B&B & Cottages! The homely and affordable 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 delights such as fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals, bread and jams, as well as “Judy’s Fabulous Chocolate Muffins”. Laundry and WiFi are also available at no extra fee. Find the B&B near the New World supermarket, just a short drive from the town centre.

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© Brook House B&B & Cottages


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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