8 Best Luxury Accommodation in Kaikoura© Manakau Lodge
8 Best Luxury Accommodation in Kaikoura

15 Best Luxury Accommodations in Kaikoura đź’Ž [2024]

© Manakau Lodge

Where to Find Luxury Hotels, Lodges and Holiday Homes in Kaikoura

When you’re going to a once-in-a-lifetime destination like Kaikoura, make your stay a once-in-a-lifetime experience with luxury accommodation. From indulgent bed and breakfasts to stylish apartments, Kaikoura knows how to impress. After a day of flying over the whales or swimming with curious fur seals, retreat to your luxurious abode with a glass of wine, mountain and/or ocean views, and extra comforts that you never knew you needed until now. We go through some of our top picks in this list of the best luxury accommodations in Kaikoura.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in the 5 Best Luxury Experiences in Kaikoura, as well as The Luxury Guide to Kaikoura.

Alternative Places to Stay in Kaikoura

And if a search engine has directed you to this article when you were just looking for a place to stay, not necessarily “luxury”, then let us take you to the right place with the 22 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Kaikoura.

1. Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses

Settle for nothing less than utter uniqueness at Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses. This contemporary luxury hotel on a deer breeding farm outside of Kaikoura not only boasts stunning countryside surroundings but is a work of art of its own. Of course, the one-bedroom and family “Tree Houses” are the most striking, thrust into the surrounding forest canopy with large windows, deep bathtubs and fireplaces to wrap it all up in a luxurious bow. That’s not to say that the suites and rooms of the main lodge are nothing to snuff at, all tastefully designed with nature in mind. And don’t even get us started on the locally-sourced fine dining cuisine…

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10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Kaikoura© Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses

2. Glenburn Coastal Retreat

For the independent traveller seeking a luxurious home-away-from-home, choose one of the stunning cottages of Glenburn Coastal Retreat. Soak in the best of the Kaikoura scenery, with coastal views on one side and mountain views on the other, all absorbed by your floor-to-ceiling windows leading out to two private decks. Everything is here for an independent stay, from a very functional kitchen to a large ensuite with twin basins and a deep freestanding bathtub facing the mountains. Note that this luxury accommodation is located a short drive from Kaikoura in Hapuku.

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10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Kaikoura© Glenburn Coastal Retreat

3. The Hamptons

Sitting just across the road from the majestic Kaikoura coastline, The Hampton‘s location is just the start of what this luxury bed and breakfast has to offer. The boutique accommodation has a small selection of double rooms opening out onto its own seaside deck or garden. The rooms are kitted out with quality amenities from the ensuite to the kitchenette and keep things contemporary with a smart TV and free WiFi. Breakfast is served in your room where you’ll have a wealth of locally-sourced ingredients to choose from. See more couple-centric stays like this in our 10 Best Romantic Accommodations in Kaikoura.

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4. The Fairways at Ocean Ridge

An ideal retreat for families or groups of couples travelling together, take a look at The Fairways at Ocean Ridge. Home comforts are combined with luxury in these beautifully-designed apartments reflecting the natural environment. Each apartment has a king bedroom and a king/twin bedroom, both with ensuites and one with a spa bath. 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 accommodation is a short drive from the town centre and beside the golf course. See more like this in the 10 Best Family Accommodations in Kaikoura.

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8 Best Luxury Accommodation in Kaikoura© The Fairways at Ocean Ridge

5. Manakau Lodge

Celebrate a special occasion or simply treat yourself to this luxury boutique lodge at the foot of the Kaikoura Mountain Ranges. Manakau Lodge features elegantly-appointed guest rooms with pillow-top beds, fine cotton linens and New Zealand rimu-made furnishings. Rooms are kitted out with 4K smart TVs with an extensive movie and music collection to enjoy from deep-cushioned armchairs. More modern conveniences include USB power points, an in-room iPad and full air-conditioning. The breakfast of freshly-prepared favourites is sure to make you want to stay for dinner to experience Manakau Lodge’s famous platters!

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8 Best Luxury Accommodation in Kaikoura© Manakau Lodge

6. Fyffe Country Lodge

Radiating old-world charm through a traditional mud-brick mansion, Fyffe Country Lodge offers something a little different to the ultra-modern luxury accommodations usually found in Kaikoura. Behind the ornate garden gates is a charming English-style country garden backed by wonderful mountain views. Meanwhile, among the elegant decor and traditional furnishings are six sumptuous guest rooms. Needless to say, breakfast is included, while The Fyffe restaurant is open between October and April where their speciality is local seafood.

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10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Kaikoura© Fyffe Country Lodge

7. Kahutara and Manakau PurePod

Experience nature uninterrupted in one of Kaikoura’s PurePods. Perched on the remote hills of Kaikoura’s backcountry, with views of the Kahutara River and mighty Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Range, these full-glass studios allow you to experience it all. Getting to your pod is part of the adventure, crossing small streams to a secure car park where you’ll then enter a bush pathway for 10-15 minutes (don’t pack too much) – backcountry camping never looked this good! Your PurePod is equipped with crisp linens, cooking facilities, a telescope and an optional breakfast and dinner package awaiting you on arrival.

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10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Kaikoura© Manakau PurePod

8. 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 entry-level “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. For more hotel-style stays, be sure to browse the 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Kaikoura.

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10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Kaikoura© Kaikoura Boutique Hotel

9. Sudima Kaikoura

The new kid on the block, Sudima Kaikoura offers a contemporary stay with 4.5-star service. Whatever the reason for visiting Kaikoura, Sudima likely has the facilities and rooms to suit, from the local and international fare of the Hiku restaurant to the gym and conference room. All of the sleek rooms feature an Amazon Echo, WiFi, ensuite and individually controlled heating, while upgrades to wall-sized windows capturing the ocean views, as well as rooms with balconies, are available.

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14 Best Luxury Accommodations in Kaikoura đź’Ž [2023]© Sudima Kaikoura

10. Kaikoura Quality Suites

For the discerning traveller who wants to stay in Kaikoura in style, check out Kaikoura Quality Suites. The “One-Bedroom Suite” is a great choice for families and groups, 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 courtyard or deck. In-room facilities include underfloor heating, free WiFi and a kitchenette, while the guest lounge with a pool table and landscaped gardens with a barbecue area are more pleasant places to hang out.

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8 Best Luxury Accommodation in Kaikoura© Kaikoura Quality Suites

11. Inn the Bay Bed & Breakfast

Get the “locals” experience in a beautifully renovated home, the Inn the Bay Bed & Breakfast. Fall asleep to the sound of the waves lapping onto the coastline in one of the two superbly-appointed rooms. The rooms feature timber-lined walls and fully-tiled bathrooms with underfloor heating and a monsoon ensuite shower. Breakfast is served in the dining room or on the balcony, or simply help yourself to a continental breakfast if you prefer.

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© Inn the Bay Bed & Breakfast

12. Koura Bay Golf Resort

A Kaikoura stay with a difference, Koura Bay Golf Resort features a private nine-hole golf course with panoramic views of the Kaikoura Peninsula and Kaikoura Mountain Ranges. After a round of golf, relax in The Dining Room serving breakfast and lunch every day, while the bar is open until 8pm. Your room choices include the hotel-style “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

13. Bendamere House Bed & Breakfast

Experience ultimate privacy and comfort in your detached guest room with a balcony at Benamere House. The B&B is set among a half-acre of lush rose gardens with garden furniture and a viewing platform for keen photographers and dolphin-spotters. Rooms are comfortable and sleek, while the main house has a real homely ambience to enjoy while indulging in a breakfast of homebaked muffins, croissants and other continental breakfast foods. What’s more, it’s one of the closest luxury accommodations to the town centre.

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14. The Factory

Escape the hustle and bustle of Kaikoura and stay at The Factory in Hapuku, just 10 minutes north of Kaikoura. Enjoy dramatic views of the Kaikoura mountains on one side and ocean views on the other all to yourself with only one party of up to six people able to book the exclusive accommodation at a time. Either choose a bed and breakfast option or a self-catering option where you’ll have use of three beautifully-designed king bedrooms, along with a kitchen and living area. Summer evenings are also best spent around the spa pool and barbecue. See more accommodation with self-catering facilities in the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Kaikoura.

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8 Best Luxury Accommodation in Kaikoura© The Factory

15. The White Morph – Heritage Collection

Located on the Esplanade of Kaikoura, The White Morph offers unbeatable views of the ocean and the 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. Check out more accommodations with kitchenettes in the 20 Best Motels in Kaikoura.

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10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Kaikoura đź’Ž [2023]© The White Morph - Heritage Collection

More About Luxury Accommodations in Kaikoura

That’s it for our list of the best luxury accommodations in Kaikoura, but it’s by no means the end of our travel tips! Get more stellar travel advice from the following guides:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Luxury Guide to 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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