Donegal House
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Donegal House

258 Schoolhouse Road Kaikōura Flat, Kaikoura 7371 New Zealand

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Donegal House 'The Little Irish Pub in the Country'. Offering 29 Ensuite rooms, Bar, Restaurant, Function facilities, Gardens & Lakes enjoy the warmth & humour that Donegal House is now famous for. You don't have to be Irish to appreciate the atmosphere & hospitality dispensed at this Kaikoura landmark.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Wine / champagne
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Laundry service
Room features
Seating area
Iron
Coffee / tea maker
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Quaint
Languages Spoken
English
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Tour62013540570 wrote a review Feb 2024
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I ended up in Donegal House after finding 'no room at the inn' anywhere in Kaikoura itself, only a couple of rooms over $500. I started to drive to Blenheim as it was getting late in the day and saw a sign for DH which I sort of remembered by name.

I was met by friendly staff who found me a room at a great price, clean and with good basic facilities. The bar and restaurant served great food which I ate on the busy terrace and all in all I thoroughly enjoyed staying there and would recommend not to anyone! Thanks!!!
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
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Also ran wrote a review Nov 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Donegal House a year to two ago for a drink and when I read it had new owners I was keen to go and stay. The grounds are amazing and our room overlooked them and the beautiful mountain range. It was brilliant waking up to that view, and to walk around the grounds, and we loved sitting outside our room in the late afternoon sun soaking it all in. We ate at the restaurant both nights and really enjoyed it. It's a cool atmosphere with a mix of locals and visitors. The accommodation is really comfortable - if a little tired - but really good value for money for the location. The new owners have lots of plans, and there really is a lot to do; but oodles of potential. I can't wait to see how they develop it. We will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Noel b wrote a review Aug 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were staying in an Airbnb “up the road” when we stumbled across Donegal House. A roaring fire on a cold day and a very warm welcome and interaction from James & Kate (New Owners)
It looks like a top spot for a caravan or motor home. Park up, walk to the bar and enjoy the atmosphere. No, it’s not a craft bar, just old school friendly.
It wasn’t the weather to sit outside but there’s a lovely deck overlooking a lake.
My one Guinness has already turned into two…. and some great history told on the walls
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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BMWBiker1200RT wrote a review Feb 2024
Wexford, Ireland
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Very relaxed and informal stay. From the very start we were treated as if we were locals and known by the hosts for years!
The friendliness was exceptional.
The mountain backdrop and valley view is one of beautiful isolation . The bar is typical of a Donegal pub and very inviting.
The rooms though small were comfortable and spotless.
The food was full and wholesome.
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Date of stay: January 2024
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Jeff wrote a review Nov 2023
Nelson, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An impressive establishment surrounded by stunning gardens. Has 27 units of accommodation.
Staff and new hosts very hospitable.
Outside tables allowed predinner drinks for our friends and us. . Meal either out or in was very good value and plentiful.
New owners have many options for continuous improvements. We wish them every success. Recommended and will visit again
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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KEG974 wrote a review Feb 2024
Hastings, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
New owners have this place running like a dream. Food delicious and the other meals look equally as inviting. Hosts were superb. Relaxed dining experience without feeling you have to move on. Great family history. Will actually use the camp ground next time
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Lynda S wrote a review Nov 2023
Picton, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great to see Donegal House come alive again. It was humming. Great atmosphere, spotlessly clean, great hosts. This iconic pub has the community behind the new owners and they will thrive. Accommodation again is spotlessly clean and welcoming. First choice to stay there again.
The caravan park looks inviting too.
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Date of stay: October 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: The Kaikoura community has got behind the revival of this iconic pub. Wishing them all the best
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Judy L wrote a review Aug 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing welcome and stay from New owner's. Caravan park facilities lovely and clean. Very handy power and water but the welcome at the pub was wonderful. Treated like friends. Thankyou James and Kate.
Will be back Tony n Judy Long
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Date of stay: August 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Be prepared for a friendly genuine experience
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Rob Cullen wrote a review Aug 2023
Kaikoura, New Zealand
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Great spot to have a beer and chill new owners but doing really well the lunch menu is small for now and will improve once they get themselves up too speed with staff ect the gardens are amazing this plus is a gold mine rhey will do well
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Date of stay: July 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Lynda S wrote a tip Nov 2023
Picton, New Zealand58 contributions19 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Kaikoura community has got behind the revival of this iconic pub. Wishing them all the best"
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Judy L wrote a tip Aug 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be prepared for a friendly genuine experience"
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PRICE RANGE
$124 - $134 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionKaikoura
NUMBER OF ROOMS
29
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Frequently Asked Questions about Donegal House
Which popular attractions are close to Donegal House?
Nearby attractions include Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway (4.8 km), Ohau Point Seal Colony (5.4 km), and Kaikoura Museum (4.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Donegal House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Donegal House?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Donegal House?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Donegal House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Zephyr Restaurant, Black Rabbit Pizza, and Cafe Encounter.
Are there any historical sites close to Donegal House?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fyffe House (7.1 km).
Is Donegal House accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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