The SpaceThis is a very comfortable, modern holiday house with most conveniences.
The main living area combines a full-sized kitchen, dining & lounge. While you prepare dinner in the fully equipped kitchen, the other guests can gather round the granite-topped island & join in. The kitchen has a built in oven, ceramic hob, extractor & microwave. The dishwasher, dual sink & waste disposal are built into the central island. The pantry has a decent supply of plates, cups & glasses etc.
There's a 6 place dining table & the lounge features a large comfortable leather lounge-suite. We've got a flat-panel TV, DVD player & FreeView. You can bring movies on a USB stick & plug them into the TV.
Sliding doors open out to the front & back decks. The two biggest bedrooms & the study also open to decks.
The bathroom has a sliding door providing access from the master bedroom through the walk-through wardrobe. So it's almost an en-suite. The bathroom has a proper tile and glass shower.
If you want to combine a bit of work with pleasure, the study has a decent sized desk. You can connect to the Internet via wireless or cable.
There is also a fold-up bed if needed.
NB. We have just finished building it, so the house itself is brand new, but we haven't finished the landscaping. It's a work in progress. The price reflects this.
While we live in Christchurch (a couple of hours drive from Kaikoura), our neighbours help us manage the rentals, do cleaning etc. So there's a reasonable chance that someone will be on-hand should there be any issues. Guest AccessEverything Interaction with GuestsYou will have the house to yourselves - we will be 2 hours away in Christchurch. However, our neighbours in Kaikoura will have your details and will be able to assist in an emergency. The NeighborhoodWe are located almost at the end of the peninsula, up top. There's no through traffic, so it's lovely & quiet. It's within walking distance to the beach, the peninsula walkways, the seal colony & 5 minutes drive from the town centre. Getting AroundYou really need to have a car to get around Kaikoura - we really are not within walking distance of town (it is possible, but it's a bit of a hike uphill). We have heaps of off-road parking for cars and boats. Other Things to NoteThere won't be anyone to greet you on arrival - entry is by key that you will retrieve from a lock-box.
Also, while there are are non-perishables such as tea & coffee, we don't supply milk, bread etc.
EARTHQUAKE UPDATE (21 Dec 2016):
Our house was not damaged in the November earthquake and we are accepting bookings again. Most shops & restaurants are open. If you are wanting to go on a fishing charter or Whale Watch, check with them to see if they are operational. At time of writing, most are not operating, although I know Dolphin Encounter, Seal Swim & Kaikoura Kayaks are.
The crayfish fishery has been reopened, following surveys that have determined that crayfish numbers have been largely unaffected.
Make sure you understand the upper South Island road situation. The only roads into Kaikoura are from the South - the inland road and the coast road. If you are coming from the North, it is a long drive - I do not recommend driving from Nelson or Blenheim in one day. See the NZTA website for the latest info.
You can also fly into Kaikoura.
Do ask if you are unsure about anything.