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Melton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have stayed here twice, once on our first trip to NZ then again when we returned a few years later and both times it was wonderful. The accommodation is really good, very clean and with some great scenery just down the drive! Hope all is well re the earthquake.

Thank Valehypnotherapy
Gus C, Owner at Bay Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. The earthquake has shaken us but we are still standing. The motel has no damage. We are now waiting for water and other services to be re-connected. More 

Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice, quiet location on the South Bay, over the hill from the main tourist hot spot. Easy access with comprehensive facilities (e.g. linen, well equipped kitchen). Comfortable, with everything the four of us needed. We arrived later than expected, but this was not an issue, Graeme was friendly and helpful. The South Bay in the early morning is delightful and... More 

Thank steven443
Rangiora, New Zealand
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64 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

This accommodation is sited in South Bay just over the hill from the Main Town centre. The managers are friendly and pleasant. The rooms are spacious and have the most comfortable bed I have ever stayed in. The name Bay Cottages reflects that they are more of a cottage than a Motel as you need to take your own shampoo,... More 

Thank arr0w123
Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviewed 18 March 2016

Stayed here a second time because we love the place, both South Bay and the motel or cottages. Fortunately the weather was perfect with lovely sunsets. The cottage we stayed in looked straight down to the sea. It was very comfortable with everything we needed and the hosts are very friendly and helpful. If we travel to South Island again... More 

Thank Peter C
South Bend, IN
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209 reviews
80 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2016

Large room, clean, full kitchen facilities, great bed, good shower. Away from the touristy downtown. Just steps from the beach. Well, maybe 300 and across the street, but it is close. However, walking to town is a LONG walk, but doable for a great lunch.. Graeme is an excellent host. Bring the family. Laundry facilities available.

Thank compost4all
Vancouver BC
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

I have always found Kaikoura to be too touristy and overrun with backpackers and tacky souvenir shops. But South Bay is a little gem over the hill and Bay Cottages is excellent budget priced accommodation here. Clean and modern with all you need for a short stay. Bonus was the morning boat trip with host Graeme to check the crayfish... More 

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Milton Keynes, UK
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97 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2016

It's a shame this accommodation can't be booked online and that you have to call or email for a reservation. That said, Graeme was very prompt to reply to our emails. When I made the reservation, in Feb '15, the rate was $110 a night but Graeme wouldn't guarantee that rate and did say that it may have gone up... More 

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Red Bank, New Jersey
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119 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2015

Perfect spot if you want peace and quiet. Short ride to town. Beach nice - even found my first paua shells. Lovely outside garden. Unit was spacious and well equipped. Too bad our whale watch was a blow out.

Thank David_Laurie6
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38 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2015

The cottages are in a great location on the South Bay, well away from the busy town, and an easy walk to the south end of the Peninsula walk (far and away the best side to walk on, do the loop along the shore to Whaler's point, then up the stairs to the cliff walk back. Or the reverse. If... More 

Thank bcburlington
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21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 November 2015

We had a one night stop here in one of the cottage units. Lots of space, nicely laid out and very light/airy. Graeme is lovely and nothing is too much trouble. It's in a great location on South Bay, just a few minutes drive to Kaikoura for it's shops, bars and restaurants. Lovely and quiet area, which was just what... More 

Thank giggles79

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  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Multilingual Staff
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
We are a small motel consisting of 5 cottages, suitable for couples and families. We are located right at the Pacific Ocean away from the hustle and bustle of the township (5 mins away by car). You will experience peace and quiet, enjoy the birdsong when you wake up and the sound of the waves of the ocean. Ideal starting point for many walks and cycle tracks (bicycles available). Come and check us out. We are sure you are going to enjoy your stay with us. Free Wi-Fi. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bay Cottages

Address: 29a South Bay Parade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Price Range: $116 - $155 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Bay Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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“We love cottage number 5”
 of 5 bubbles Valehypnotherapy, 17 Nov 2016 | Read review
“The rooms are behind the main house so the views are limited but if you get the unit that faces down the drive you can see the sea.”
 of 5 bubbles arr0w123, 25 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Stayed in two different cottages. Possible the one facing the sea is better.”
 of 5 bubbles petercY4905JP, 18 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Ask for the room with the private deck.”
 of 5 bubbles compost4all, 20 Feb 2016 | Read review
“5 has a bit 5 has some view of the ocean, nice at sunset”
 of 5 bubbles bcburlington, 24 Nov 2015 | Read review
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