We received a very warm welcome from Janet and her mum Margaret (despite the fact we had made them late for their dinner, as it had taken us ages to drive from Oamaru!). Margaret is a lovely lady, 86 years old, who does all her own gardening - a garden we can only dream about, it is so lovely! Bayview is very quiet and peaceful, away from the town but only a short drive to the eateries and the whale watching. We were in the ensuite, which was a good size with a comfortable bed and a large shower/wet room. We also had use of the large lounge, and there is a kitchen for the use of guests, and a washer/dryer. Margaret gave us a map of Kaikoura and suggested a few restaurants. She also likes her guests to put a pin in her large wall map showing where they come from - some very interesting places!
We had a lovely cooked breakfast and Margaret's daughter Nicky told us to look out for the seals at Ohau Point on our way north.
Margaret clearly loves having guests in her home and Bayview is a lovely place to stay and we would recommend it if you are staying at Kaikoura.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Margaret Woodill is the classic Kiwi grandmother and thinks nothing of getting up at 5.30 am to cook a full breakfast including homemade bread before your whale watching or dolphin swimming trip in Kaikoura, New Zealand. She’s lived in her Kaikoura peninsula home with its sweeping views of sea and mountains since 1934. She began taking in passing travellers over 20 years ago, just before the whales and dolphins turned the township into a tourist Mecca. When her four children left home, opening a bed and breakfast seemed a logical use for spare bedrooms and bathrooms. Since husband Bob’s death in 1999, Margaret says guests are her family and that’s why she calls it a HOMESTAY rather than a B&B. ... more less