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New Plymouth, New Zealand
Reviewed 15 July 2016

Lovely friendly guy at reception. Lovely views from 2 bedroom suite. Fully equipped room. Water front location. Would highly recommend for families. glad we booked here. Clean and tidy room and quiet too.

1Thank pinkkat50
Reviewed 15 July 2016

This would have to be the best location for a Motel in Kaikoura , Beach across the very quite road , Pier Hotel ( awesome food and again that view ) walking distance , and dined on the lawn on the beach. Very clean rooms

1Thank Paul M
Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

AWESOME!! I have stayed at a lot of motels in Kaikoura but The Anchor Inn tops them all by far! Luxurious bedding, towels and everything you need in the kitchenette, owners Lynn and Paul are TUMEKE! (Awesome) They go out of their way to help you and treat you like family, very welcoming. My partner and I stayed in room...

1Thank Tarrah M
Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

We stayed only for one night in Kaikoura but loved the accommodation at the Anchor. It was clean and warm and very comfortable, Lyn and the team were very welcoming and I can highly recommend the stay. There was 5 of us in our family and the facilities were great.

1Thank Chris K
Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 21 June 2016

We stayed at the standard studio for 2 separate nights. Staff/owner was friendly and introduced room to us. It was winter and heater was already switched on when we checked in. Room was spacious, clean and modern. Kitchen was well-equipped. We forgot to take our chopping board after the first night and requested to search for it. Staff/owner was very...

1Thank WeiWei2112
Waiuku, New Zealand
Reviewed 13 May 2016

Lovely clean and spacious room with gorgeous views. Welcomed with open arms by Lyn on our first visit to Kaikoura ... she recommended spots for dinner, made bookings and generally looked after to us like we were family. Loved our stay and would stay with Lyn again

2Thank threeshocks
Reviewed 29 April 2016

Lyn and her husband warmly welcomed some fellow Aussies. They recommended things for us to see and do. Also suggested and booked restaurants for each night of our stay. Our room was spacious and well appointed. It was clean and well maintained. We had a side facing room which was lovely with its own little outdoor table but I would...

1Thank AussieSuzie53
Hamilton, New Zealand
Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

We recently stay a night at this Motel, as we have stayed a few times before. It has just changed hands recently and not only have the priced gone up but the type of service has hit rock bottom. The lady owner burst into our room without knocking, looked at us and closed the door without a word. Then she...

4Thank 2TSL
Reviewed 27 April 2016

We have stayed at this motel on a number of occasions before and have never paid more than 4$40 per night. It has since changed ownership,and we were charged $210 for a night.This was not explained to us when we booked.I consider it price gouging, as we have travelled extensively throughout New Zealand and have never before paid this much...

1Thank 161dpa
Mrs_wendys69, Manager at Anchor Inn Motel, responded to this review

Thankyou for your responce , but i am afraid $40 per nite in these currant times does not secure a room other than the Backpackers dorm room on the outskirts of town ( YHA is $60 and Dusky Lodge is $50 ). As you found out, our rooms are exceptionlly clean and very well appionted , with that fantastic ocean...

Reviewed 25 April 2016

South Island hospitality where Lyn recommended and booked where we were to dine and which attractions to visit ..........we had 2 magic days weather wise which contributed to thinking Kaikoura is a must stop spot on a South Island tour of New Zealand. Effectively, we didn't need to think ......... we just enjoyed! On our next visit through Kaikoura ..............

1Thank DKS2011

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  • Beachfront
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Spa
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Spa
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Laundry Service
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast Available
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Anchor Inn is a modern and stylish motel superbly situated on the Kaikoura waterfront with most rooms enjoying magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the stunning Kaikoura Ranges.Our award-winning motel offers a range of studios and family units which are spacious and well-appointed, fully self-contained, climate controlled and double-glazed for your total comfort and enjoyment.The Anchor Inn holds a 4+ Qualmark star rating and a Tripadvisor certificate of excellence.We provide a guest laundry, wireless internet, Sky's 50+ channels and an extensive DVD library. Secure off-street parking is provided in our enclosed courtyard. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Anchor Inn Motel

Address: 208 Esplanade | Cnr Margate Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Price Range: $168 - $342 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Anchor Inn Motel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Anchor Hotel Kaikoura
Anchor Motel Kaikoura
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Kaikoura
#1 Luxury Hotel in Kaikoura
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Kaikoura
#2 Family Hotel in Kaikoura
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“Don't stay in the Executive Suite ' cos its ours!!!”
 of 5 bubbles SimonW123, 11 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Room was next to busy road so quite noisy. only drapes at windows so anyone can see in when they are open.”
 of 5 bubbles mystified555, 7 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Sea facing”
 of 5 bubbles CKWJ30, 4 Nov 2016 | Read review
“This was a MOTEL not Hotel, We were facing the sea which was road side but couldn't hear traffic just waves:-)”
 of 5 bubbles 100JRex100, 19 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Sea views and mountain views, close to town, reasonably priced comfortable rooms”
 of 5 bubbles 437mandt, 31 Aug 2016 | Read review
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