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Nikau Lodge, Kaikoura, New Zealand

Our rating: Medium

Nikau Lodge is conveniently located in the heart of Kaikoura with magnificent hilltop views of the sea and the mountains. The accommodation is clean and comfortable and there are opportunities to relax in the garden hot tub, sit on the verandah with a glass of wine and gaze at the stars and the snow-capped mountains.

The property also has a communal lounge with a wood fire which you can relax in and enjoy on a cold evening. The property was built in 1925 and you can see native Rimu and Matai throughout the property. The lodge is conveniently located to enjoy the marine wildlife of Kaikoura and the owners have named their rooms after these incredible creatures.

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