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Willowbank Motel

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#19 of 19 hotels in Kaikoura
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See why so many travellers make Willowbank Motel their hotel of choice when visiting Kaikoura. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a budget friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.

Rooms at Willowbank Motel provide air conditioning, a kitchenette, and a refrigerator, and guests can stay connected with free wifi.

In addition, while staying at Willowbank Motel guests have access to room service and a concierge. You can also enjoy an on-site restaurant. Need a place to park? Free parking is available at Willowbank Motel.

Nearby landmarks such as Ohau Point Seal Colony (2.0 mi) and Cushchine Animal FarmYard Park (2.5 mi) make Willowbank Motel a great place to stay when visiting Kaikoura.

While visiting Kaikoura, you may want to try some lobster at one of the nearby restaurants, such as Kaikoura Seafood BBQ, Green Dolphin Restaurant & Bar, or Lobster Inn Motor Lodge.

Kaikoura is also home to Fyffe House, a popular historic site that is not too far from Willowbank Motel.

We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Willowbank Motel as you experience all of the things Kaikoura has to offer.

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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Non-smoking hotel
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Paid wifi
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Non-smoking rooms
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@lizzyi wrote a review Jan 2024
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What a wonderful motel. Spotlessly clean with great facilities. We had such a perfect stay. Check in was super efficient - everything received via text. We felt very lucky to have chosen this motel. Thanks, team Willowbank.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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John A wrote a review Sept 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand86 contributions15 helpful votes
Great motel with quality furnishings and supplies. Looking at previous reviews I imagine this motel must have changed hands! The owner was very welcoming and helpful. The rooms are comfortable and modernised, for example full electronic door locks with no keys required. All the supplies were generous including plenty of tea and coffee. The heat pump was new and efficient. Overall, a quality experience at a budget price!
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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JKR. wrote a review Jan 2023
Christchurch, New Zealand24 contributions1 helpful vote
Sean went out of his way to accommodate us before and during our stay at Willowbank Motel in Kaikoura. Appears the motel has been refreshed and modernised from looking at these photos (forgot to take photos to show). Will definitely stay again!
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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joe b wrote a review Oct 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand6 contributions
Great place to stay! We are generally quite fussy but honestly this place was great! Very clean! Very friendly fabulous staff. Our stay had sufficient utensils and flatscreen tv with good channels for the children. It was quiet and comfy. Tucked away on the grounds was a lovely wee park, with trees and a picnic bench. We will stay again. Great value for a family of 5 ...esp on Labour weekend. Thank you Willowbank
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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sunnycoast09 wrote a review Jan 2020
Maroochydore, Australia641 contributions58 helpful votes
The rooms were simple, perhaps a little dated, however we had everything we needed. It had a small kitchette which was convenient. It was about one kilometre from town central. We found the staff helpful.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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dnh2014 wrote a review Mar 2019
Loxton, Australia299 contributions99 helpful votes
Stayed one night here because we had trouble finding anything else available in town we should have got back into the car and kept driving North. This place is how one shouldn't run a Motel. Very unclean and in need of some serious upgrading. Great Location on the main highway but the owners have lost the plot and do not seem to care about their guests. The night we were here all rooms were being used but one would think that nobody who stayed here that night would ever think of staying again. Just don't get how the hospitality industry works i guess. Just clean the place up....do some rehab in the rooms and bathrooms and the Motel might be around for another few years. The carpet is a disgrace.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Graeme P wrote a review Mar 2019
Anchorage, Alaska2 contributions
What you might expect in a third world country. Either I spent the night there, or slept in the car. Shared the 2 bedroom unit with another traveler, we came across this last available motel minutes apart, he was kind enough to share it. It reminded him of a cheap room in Pakistan. We both agreed, it the most overpriced accommodation we’ve both experienced in NZ at $220 per night.
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Date of stay: March 2019
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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D n J wrote a review Feb 2019
Ballarat, Australia4 contributions
We stayed here two nights and it is the only accommodation I have left still feeling grimy and grubby. The place had a heady aroma of deceased mice whichdid not leave us. The paint work was patchy, the lounge curtain was clinging onto the rail for dear life, there was a hairdryer in the bathroom but the plug was an overseas one. There is no cooling and my request for a fan was declined. There was more... Much more.. but my solemn advice is to not sleep here. Sleep on the street... Sleep in your car... Sleep anywhere but at the Willowbank hotel.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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gwendolineofPerth wrote a review Jan 2019
Western Australia59 contributions26 helpful votes
We stayed in this Motel for one night which we booked online so once we arrived it was too late, the room felt dirty and damp. Also I felt as though I didn't want to leave any valuables in the room when we weren't there as the sliding door lock was very loose and could easily be opened. We stayed in many Motels during our 2 week touring holiday in New Zealand and this was the worst, most were very good particularly the one in Christchurch which I have written a review about.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If the room that we stayed in is any example ..... None.
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Dean Gelder wrote a review Jan 2019
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Damp, Dated and Overpriced In desperate need of renovation, had a strong damp smell in one of the bedrooms. Rooms were old and tired, not a nice place to stay. Price should be half what is advertised and I would strongly recommend checking your rooms before any money is exchanged.
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Date of stay: January 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Willowbank Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Willowbank Motel?
Nearby attractions include Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway (2.3 km), Ohau Point Seal Colony (3.3 km), and Peninsula Seal Colony (5.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Willowbank Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and airport transportation.
Which room amenities are available at Willowbank Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
Is parking available at Willowbank Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Willowbank Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Zephyr Restaurant, Black Rabbit Pizza, and Cafe Encounter.
Does Willowbank Motel have airport transportation?
Yes, Willowbank Motel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Willowbank Motel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Willowbank Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fyffe House (4.4 km).