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The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel Kaikoura

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#1 of 11 motels in Kaikoura
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2023 Travellers' Choice Best of the Best
The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel is a modern and stylish motel superbly situated on the Kaikoura Waterfront with all Ocean View rooms enjoying magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the stunning Kaikoura Ranges. While our garden view rooms offer peace and quiet, 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 Fibre internet, Outside BBQ area, Sky's 50+ channels and an extensive DVD movie library. Secure off-street parking is provided in our enclosed courtyard with 24hr Video surveillance.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast available
Beach
Boating
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's playground
Taxi service
Secured parking
Wifi
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Diving
Hiking
Bicycle tours
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Patio
Board games / puzzles
Children's television networks
Highchairs available
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun terrace
First aid kit
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Desk
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Electric blanket
Walk-in shower
Soundproof rooms
Dining area
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Seating area
Separate dining area
Separate living room
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Radio
iPod docking station
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Mountain view
Ocean view
Landmark view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
4.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Harbour View
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English
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Jill D wrote a review 2 Mar
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Lovely clean, tidy, unit with lovely sea views just across the road. Great recycling on site. Lynn informed us well of how the unit works, very welcome. Nice and quiet, no idea we even had people beside us in the other units. Great bed and shower
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Response from Lyn Meikle, Owner at The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel Kaikoura
Responded 2 days ago
Hi Jill We are so happy you had a lovely stay with us. Thanks for writing a nice review and your time to write it. Many thanks Lyn.
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kippahsv wrote a review Aug 2022
Yeppoon, Australia3 contributions
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Excellent accommodation , very clean , good size room and very comfortable bed, well equipped kitchen. Perfectly located on the esplanade with magnificent ocean and mountain views.Friendly owners (Lyn and Paul) and staff always there to make your stay a fabulous one. Highly recommend this motel when staying in Kaikoura. 10 out of 10.❤️
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Paul Meikle, Owner at The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel Kaikoura
Responded 29 Aug 2022
Hi Aussie Thank for your time to write a lovely review. Safe travels see you next time your over this side of the ditch thanks Lyn.
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Debbie S wrote a review 2 Mar
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Loved our 3 day stay. Great spacious room, kitchenette with basic cooking supplies (and milk include...MUCH appreciated). Nice view of the ocean/bay, and easy walking or driving to trails, city center, etc. Owners were a delight....helpful with whatever we asked for or needed.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Response from Lyn Meikle, Owner at The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel Kaikoura
Responded 2 days ago
Hi Debbie Thank you for your time nto write a lovely review. Also thanks for picking us to stay with. Safr travels Lyn.
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Liselotte M wrote a review 2 Mar
Justin, Texas8 contributions
Lovely location right on the waterfront. Spacious rooms, all the amenities one could ask for. The inn keepers were a lovely couple that was celebrating their 30th anniversary the day we were there. I checked on my husband. I definitely recommend this inn to anyone
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded 2 days ago
Hi Lisa We are so happy you picked us to stay with. Also your time to write a nice review. Please tell the world about us many thanks again Lyn.
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Vicki F wrote a review 1 Mar
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Went to Kaikora to enjoy the outdoor activities. Booked at the Anchor by First Light travel. Could not have done better myself. Room excellent well equipped comfy bed and priceless views!! Parking off street. Close to restaurants. Can’t say anything bad.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded 2 days ago
Hi Vicki Well thanks for a great review. We are happy you stayed with us. Also many thanks for your time to wirte a lovely review thanks Lyn.
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Phil S wrote a review 1 Mar
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Another great stay at Lyn and Paul's motel. Really clean and comfortable with amazing views. A lovely location very close to the town centre and handy for eating out at the Pier Hotel. Our hosts were as welcoming as ever and its a delight to stay there. We hope to be back soon. Phil & Lynn.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Response from Lyn Meikle, Owner at The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel Kaikoura
Responded 2 days ago
Hi Phil n Lynn Thanks for your unreal review and your time to write it. See you next time we will be wait for your booking many thanks Lyn.
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Explorer29403927236 wrote a review Feb 2024
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We stayed 2 nights in Kaikoura. Accommodation was all booked out but with help from Kim at the visitor centre we were sent to Lyn at The Anchor which was booked out but had a friend with a home available. Hinney was magnificent. The house was soooo nice, clean and had everything including views. These 3 ladies couldn't have been more helpful and friendly and funny. Our fishing trip with Jackson was also great and caught some big tuna.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Lyn Meikle, Owner at The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel Kaikoura
Responded 4 days ago
Hi Explorer Thank you for your lovely review and your time to write it. Also thanks for picking us to stay with. Safe travels enjoy thanks Lyn.
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Neil O wrote a review Feb 2024
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from the word go , Lyn and Paul went the extra mile to make us feel welcome, personally showing us to our room and explaining how everything worked. The room itself was modern and spotlessly clean, well maintained and spacious. Our continental breakfast was delivered the evening before so no need to worry about getting up if we wanted a late start All in all I couldn’t fault the room or the service -well done Lyn and Paul Neil from Adelaide 👍
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 4 days ago
Hi Neil Thanks Aussies for your great review. Also for your time to write it. We love to make people feel welcomed. Thanks for picking us to stay with many thanks Lyn.
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109loveholidays wrote a review Feb 2024
Dollar, United Kingdom144 contributions48 helpful votes
Definitely one of our favourite stops on our recent New Zealand holiday. Lyn welcomed us and showed us to our room, her parking instructions to my husband made us both laugh! He's quite good at parking usually but appreciated the extra assistance. The room was large, clean and well furnished. It had everything we needed for our stay and more. The view was great and we loved sitting watching the ocean with a glass of wine in the evening or a coffee in the morning. The bed was very comfortable and we slept well. It was a pleasant 20 minute walk into the town where there were cafes, shops and restaurants.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded 1 week ago
Hey Guys Thanks so much for your time to write a lovely review. Also thanks for pick us to stay with. Hope to see you both again many thanks Lyn.
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barnie72 wrote a review Feb 2024
UK25 contributions4 helpful votes
We stayed only one night in Kaikōura at the Anchor Inn but it was one of the best places we’ve stayed in so far in NZ including well known hotel chains. Lyn & Paul were friendly and helpful and the accommodation was perfect for us…clean & comfortable and with the most amazing views of the ocean. If we’re ever in Kaikōura again, and we really hope we are, we’ll definitely be returning to the Anchor Inn.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Hi Barnie Thank you so much for your time to write a great review. Hope to see you safe travels Thanks Lyn.
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PRICE RANGE
$251 - $257 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
anchor hotel kaikoura, anchor motel kaikoura
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionKaikoura
NUMBER OF ROOMS
15
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel Kaikoura
Which popular attractions are close to The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel Kaikoura?
Nearby attractions include Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway (1.5 km), Ohau Point Seal Colony (1.4 km), and Peninsula Seal Colony (2.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel Kaikoura?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and reduced mobility rooms.
Which room amenities are available at The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel Kaikoura?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel Kaikoura?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel Kaikoura?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel Kaikoura?
Conveniently located restaurants include Zephyr Restaurant, Black Rabbit Pizza, and Cafe Encounter.
Are there any historical sites close to The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel Kaikoura?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fyffe House (1.3 km).
Does The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel Kaikoura have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
Is The Anchor Inn Beachfront Motel Kaikoura accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.