Kaikoura was a mass of No Vacancy signs, well i had guessed due to the Seafest festival that it would be and so searched the internet for accommodation within 20 or 30 Km's of kaikoura. We weren't interested in the Festival, instead we were interested in a place to sleep and eat, you see we were planing a very impromptu motor bike Trip around the Nelson Marlborough region and home again to Christchurch. The internet exsposed the Coastal lodge and with a phone call I was talking with Anne. If first impressions count then Anne had already scored ten out of ten. The planes for the trip were still in there infancy and so I asked would they mind if i checked the location with Zoe, my infamous partner and riding companion. when i phoned back to confirm I spoke with Grant who was just as friendly and helpful.
We arrived at Kekerengu just a little shy of 7pm and firstly we needed to fill our tummies, Grant had informed me that there was a delightful reasurant accross the road with panaramic veiws of the coastline but they closed around seven pm and so with that oiut of the way we rode on to the lodge. From the moment we turned into the lodge driveway the garage doors were opening and we road straight into Grant and Anne's garage. The evening that followed and indeed the nest morning was a treat only made possible by two fantastic hosts. There lodge is beautiful, clean and superbly comfortable, the most immaculate of beds waited the end of the evening. It never occurred that a bed this good would also yield to an equally as good breakfast, silly me, Grants homemade bread was a treat, Anne's homemade Rhubarb poached in orange juice a walk down my lane of childhood memories. This is hospitality second to none. I could write for another page but just visit for yourselves you won't be disappointed.
Thanks Grant and Anne for a never to be forgotten experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by beautiful unspoilt countryside and uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean, Coastal Lodge B&B is the perfect stopover to relax and enjoy NZ scenery & hospitality. We are half way between Kaikoura and Blenheim, directly opposite Kekerengu's award-winning restaurant "THE STORE'. We offer spacious, comfortable, clean, affordable, accommodation, 40 minutes from Kaikoura's whale watch, seal colony and Marlboroughs vineyards. ... more less