Our Top 5 Kaikoura Accommodation Options for 2024

Going into 2024, Kaikoura as a travel destination is as popular as ever – yet still one of NZ’s best kept secrets and it still retains that quiet, mountain town feel that is far from the hustle and bustle of big crowded tourist centers like Queenstown.

With an increasing number of accommodation options in and near Kaikoura, we wanted to look at 5 of our top choices right now.

Bella Vista Kaikoura

Down to earth but clean lodging featuring simple rooms & studios, plus BBQ facilities & a guest laundry.
Price: $170 per night.


  • Stunning views of the mountains and ocean from the rooms and balconies
  • Convenient location – close to the beach, shops, and restaurants, making it easy to explore Kaikoura on foot
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Availability of parking
  • Quiet and peaceful atmosphere
  • Dark curtains for a good night’s sleep
  • BBQ facilities and guest laundry

Donegal House – Price: $116 per night.

Kaikoura Beach Motel – Price: $182 per night.

The Pier Hotel – Humble rooms, a restaurant & a bar in a down-to-earth 1800s hotel opposite the ocean. Price: $106 per night.

Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge – Straightforward motor inn offering casual studios & apartments, plus an outdoor pool & a sauna. Price: $156 per night.