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Bay-view Homestay Kaikoura
Ranked #12 of 32 Kaikoura B&B and Inns
Reviewed 14 April 2016

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.

  • Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2016

Margaret & Nicky provided a wonderful welcome, great amenities, a beautiful garden and amazing breakfasts! All rooms have doors to the outside. There is a lounge and kitchen area for the use of guests. Also the use of a washing machine. Bay View is situated on the Peninsula and was a nice quiet place. Minimal street lights made it a great place to check out the stars at night. Homemade or home grown everything for breakfast except perhaps the bacon! All this made the place feel like home away from home!

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  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 February 2016

Really enjoyed this home from home. Margaret is lovely. By the end of our very enjoyable stay, we felt like we were saying goodby to a good friend.
We were very well looked after, from the yummy welcome banana cake to the lovely wood burner on a chilly evening, to the scrumptious breakfast with home made toasted bread.
We will definitely recommend.

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 January 2016

We spend a wonderful night at the BB. Our hosts where great, we had a very confortable and quiet room. Enjoyed also the guests lounge, with home made biscuits and fire in the chimney. Delicious home made breakfast. Thank you !

  • Stayed: December 2015, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 January 2016

Wonderful in all matters! Warm welcome, the hospitality, the room, the beds, the breakfast, the surrondings. A perfect B&B stay if you are in the neithborhood of Geraldine. We for sure will recommend this to travellers in NZ. And Margreth, you just love her and she loves her guests.

Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Bay-view Homestay Kaikoura

Address: 296 Scarborough Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
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Ranked #12 of 32 B&Bs / Inns in Kaikoura
Price Range: RM240 - RM268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 3
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 

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