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16 Kowhai Ford Road, Kaikoura 7371 New Zealand
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#12 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Kaikoura
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Unique & unusual accommodation = Glamping. COLONIAL WAGON = king double or twin singles = luxurious. TRAIN CARRIAGE = fully restored 1889 wooden carriage, 2 bedrooms, small kitchen and bathroom. YURT = double + 2 single = fully insulated Mongolian tent. TIPI = double + 2 singles = American Indian tent. HOUSE TRUCK / Gypsy Caravan = double, fabulously decorated. FARMERS COTTAGE = 2 bedrooms: 2 doubles, 3 singles. 4 km from Kaikoura centre. Quiet location. All include: Breakfast, bed linen & towels, private toilet and shower, barbecue facility, parking. Free access to private collection of 30+ farm animals - free food provided.
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Kikki wrote a review Feb 2021
Auckland, New Zealand260 contributions62 helpful votes
Had a fabulous two nights in the beautifully restored train carriage. The attention to detail was remarkable. Yes, it's a bit squishy in some areas (it's a train carriage!) but waking up to the view of the sun reflecting off the Mountain from you pillow was really special. It was a really relaxing location and a lovely setting to hang out in, feed the animals and cook dinner on the BBQ or pizza oven. Staff were lovely, everything was spotlessly clean instead and breakfast options were great. Highly recommend for someone different to stay - fun and quirky especially compared with sterile hotels.
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Date of stay: January 2021
Room Tip: Fabulous mountain views from the train deck
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Crazyfornewzealand wrote a review Jan 2021
Palmerston North, New Zealand87 contributions9 helpful votes
Stayed here with my wife and 6 year old son. We were greeted by the owner who has restored this train carriage and he has done a great job. Bunks on one end and master on the other. My boy loved it. Hand basin in the bathroom was a bit too small and I had to basically squash my head into the corner of the room when doing teeth brushing etc. Also had to close the door to the bathroom to get into the fridge. Was a bit dusty under the couch and it didn't look like it had been vacuumed under. The carriage really needed a surface spray for spiders as it looked scruffy from the outside with cobwebs everywhere and we had cobwebs inside on my boys lamp and on the ceiling in our bedroom. We were shown the emergency doors to get out but I found out in the morning that the children's room was latched from the outside so would have been hopeless if you needed to get out so that needs to be amended asap. There was a fan inside but it wouldn't be sufficient on a super hot day. All the same, it was a different experience but a bit cramped. Couldn't watch t.v either as the freeview player was away for repair and we weren't prepared to hire a movie off the owner at $10 a piece (refundable)
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Date of stay: January 2021
TheLoochies wrote a review Jan 2021
7 contributions1 helpful vote
My 10 year old son and I spent a fantastic day and night at Wacky Stays in Kaikoura staying in the Teepee. The Teepee was very comfortable and we loved cooking our pizza in the outdoor pizza oven and eating freshly laid eggs on camp toast in the morning. I appreciated the excellent plunger coffee too! My son loved feeding the animals and the staff clearly loved chatting about the animals they look after. In addition to the Llamas and Alpacas, our neighbours in the adjoining paddock were a pair of Kunekune pigs Hank and Marmalade. I would highly recommend the Llama trek, we only had time for the 1hr intro but we will be back to do the half day trek soon!
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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SAB6263 wrote a review Jan 2021
Wellington, New Zealand59 contributions28 helpful votes
The host who met us on arrival was, like the fictional Basil Fawlty, both English and wholly unsuited to dealing with the paying public. His introduction to the property involved telling us what we couldn’t do or must do. He falsely accused us of leaving a gate open 3 times, when others, including different guests, had also been responsible for this sin (none of his animals were even in field at the time, so the risk of escape was zero). He informed us that he would not permit us to entertain other family members at the property, without giving any reason. He made us feel very uncomfortable and gave the distinct impression that he was looking for an excuse to throw us out, despite us having some nothing wrong. We chose to spend as little time at the property as we could, as a consequence of how unpleasant his attitude towards us was. Not recommended.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Kevin Cole, Owner at Wacky Stays
Responded 11 Jan 2021
These guests presumed it was okay to have a sixteen person barbecue party at my rental cottage. When it poured with rain a few hours prior, they cleared the lounge = barbecue outside + rain + carpets inside = recipe for disaster! Meanwhile, (despite being politely asked at check-in), they had already left the main gate to the road open three times. The situation felt disrespectful, so I politely asked them not to have the party (which they agreed).
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Catherine R wrote a review Jan 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand6 contributions1 helpful vote
You definitely won't forget this place - so unique and so well thought through! There are three very unique accommodation types. We stayed in the converted bedford truck which was very well kitted out but could also use the shared kitchen space outside of which there was both a BBQ and pizza oven. For such a small space, we weren't expecting much from the shower but it was great! Everything was very well designed. If you love farm animals then joining in the animal feeding is a must and adds to the experience. This is drivable distance from the main centre so would recommend staying and making the most of the facilities. Thanks Kevin and the staff at the farm.
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Date of stay: January 2021
US$91 - US$117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionKaikoura
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Frequently Asked Questions about Wacky Stays
Which popular attractions are close to Wacky Stays?
Nearby attractions include Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway (4.7 km), Ohau Point Seal Colony (4.7 km), and Kaikoura Museum (4.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Wacky Stays?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and kids activities.
Which room amenities are available at Wacky Stays?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Wacky Stays?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Wacky Stays?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Wacky Stays?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Old Kaikoura Winery, Black Rabbit Pizza, and Zephyr Restaurant.
Are pets allowed at Wacky Stays?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Wacky Stays?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fyffe House (7.1 km).
Does Wacky Stays have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Wacky Stays accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.