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86 Scarborough Street, Kaikoura 7300 New Zealand
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#5 of 43 Speciality lodging in Kaikoura
Just next to the iconic Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, Barnacle Bills is nestled in a flower garden onlooking the towering Mt Fyffe to the left and the glistening waters of the Pacific Ocean to your right. Both the Cottage and the Lodge are ideal for families, couples and groups seeking sunshine, mountain air and the fresh breeze of the sea. Our goal at Barnacle Bills is to offer you the finest combination of peace and quiet, cosy family fun and that much desired, ""home away from home"" feel. In each self contained accommodation there are fully equipped kitchens, plentiful freezer and fridge, flat screen TV, electric blankets on each bed as well as electric heating. Extensive relaxing area both inside and outside as well as free wireless internet, dvds, books, board games and plenty of off street boat and car parking is provided as well.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Self-serve laundry
Room features
Blackout curtains
Private bathrooms
Flatscreen TV
Electric blanket
Complimentary toiletries
Electric kettle
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Great View
Languages Spoken
English, Czech
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waynefnz wrote a review Aug 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand3 contributions
10 people, three days. A fabulous location and plenty of spaces and beds to accommodate 8 adults (3 couples, two singletons) and 2 teenagers. Great cooking facilities and a lovely break. Close to facilities, and the Tom's track walk is a good workout for those so inclined.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Maza223 wrote a review Oct 2020
Ashburton, New Zealand9 contributions4 helpful votes
We had a lovely 3 night stay in the lodge at Barnacle Bills. The hosts were super helpful and friendly. The house was immaculately clean and the beds extremely comfortable. We had everything we needed and more. Loved the seaside decor and the atmosphere of the house was lovely and cozy yet modern. Would definitely return. Thanks so much for having us hopefully we will see you again!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Korimako10 wrote a review Jun 2019
New Plymouth, New Zealand81 contributions23 helpful votes
Our family had a great stay in the cottage at Barnacle Bills. It is a little removed from the town centre with trails to walk right at your doorstep. The cottage is modern and really well appointed and very comfortable. Very clean and tidy, fantastic cooking facilities, and sparkling clean bathroom with shower and a separate toilet. The only improvement would be to have more comfortable lounge suite. But Kaikoura has too many attractions available to be sitting around too long.
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Date of stay: April 2019
Trip type: Travelled with family
ndser wrote a review Feb 2019
Vancouver, B.C.294 contributions542 helpful votes
We stayed at Barnacle Bill's for 2-nights while in Kaikoura to see the sperm whales (NZ$150). It was a gem, perched on the top of a bench amongst rolling farmland yet only a short walk (15 min) or drive (less than 5 min) from town. While there were no amenities in the local area, nothing was far away and any inconvenience was more than made up for by the peace & quiet and the proximity to the peninsula walkways (the owner, Liz, will drive you to the seal colony, halving the walk along the coast and back) & the water tower view point. There were only 2 options here, the larger “lodge” and the “cottage,” both in the same buildings. While my impression from the internet images was of a rustic retro-hippy throwback, fortunately nothing could be further from the truth. The cottage was clean, comfortable & modern, spacious in all aspects. Entered from a broad deck with a sitting area (2 chairs & side table) facing a flower garden to one side and table & 4 chairs with an ocean view to the other, you walked into a carpeted sitting area with 2 love seats, coffee table, small stereo and a cabinet with a DVD player and wall-mounted TV. To the side was a large kitchen with an L-shaped vanity, oven & stove, full fridge & freezer and all of the cutlery, pots, etc. Two moderate-sized bedrooms were off to the right, one with a comfortable queen bed, the other with a double & twin. The bathroom, off to the left, was huge with a large vanity, toilet in a separate alcove, and a spacious shower with great water pressure. There was a door to the back garden with its grass, flower beds, and bbq. Further back and to the side were fields, home to the owners pet pig, a huge good-natured beast and a favourite with neighbours who stopped by with food. Kaikoura itself is a moderate sized and very pleasant sea-side town with a lot of conveniences – restaurants, pubs, a supermarket, and plenty of attractions. Barnacle Bill's was a great place to see it all: spacious and comfortable in a great location with a super hostess and at a very reasonable price. Highly recommended.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Jasmine38Chichester UK wrote a review Feb 2019
Chichester, United Kingdom1586 contributions761 helpful votes
Run by a very friendly and helpful host, Barnacle Bills has a a cottage and lodge next door to each other. We stayed in the smaller cottage that sleeps 5 in 2 bedrooms. Comfortable and well equipped accommodation. Large open plan living, dining and kitchen that almost felt too large for two people as wasn't very cosy. I didn't much care for the decor, especially the cork wall, but I guess that's a personal thing. The bed was comfortable, which is one of the most important things. Location is peaceful, above the town and pretty much on the peninsula walkway, which is handy. However, it should be noted there are no amenities within walking distance. Nice outdoor seating area with partial sea view. Friendly pig out back. We had a good stay and thought the cottage was good value for money
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
US$94 - US$147 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionKaikoura
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Frequently Asked Questions about Barnacle Bills
Which popular attractions are close to Barnacle Bills?
Nearby attractions include Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway (1.1 km), Ohau Point Seal Colony (0.7 km), and Peninsula Seal Colony (3.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Barnacle Bills?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and self serve laundry.
Which room amenities are available at Barnacle Bills?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Barnacle Bills?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Barnacle Bills?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Barnacle Bills?
Conveniently located restaurants include Black Rabbit Pizza, Zephyr Restaurant, and Poppy's Handmade Ice Cream Parlour & Cafe.
Is Barnacle Bills located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Kaikoura.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Barnacle Bills?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Czech.
Are there any historical sites close to Barnacle Bills?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fyffe House (2.0 km).