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Manakau Lodge

Kaikoura, New Zealand

Manakau Lodge is a cosy owner-run luxury guesthouse in Kaikoura, with stunning views from its gardens over the Seaward mountain range. There are just four comfortable rooms here, offering an affordable and homely base for exploring the area.

At a Glance

  • Small owner-run guesthouse on the outskirts of Kaikoura

  • Stunning views across the gardens of the Seaward mountain range

  • Just four guest bedrooms

  • Spectacular stargazing on clear nights


Insider's View

Owner Neil is a highly skilled photographer and offers photographic workshops – well worth doing if you’re keen to capture some of New Zealand’s spectacular landscapes during your trip.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

There are a couple of great restaurants in town for dinners, including the Green Dolphin and the Pier, both serving fresh seafood and other dishes.

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Book a mountain view room, draw back the curtains in the morning and enjoy, it really is stunning!

Anna Chaplin

Insider's View

Opt for a mountain-facing room as the views are spectacular.

Charlotte Winter

Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Manakau Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Canterbury and the West Coast


Manakau Lodge is a lovely small guesthouse located just on the edge of Kaikoura in a rural spot surrounded by farmland, so you can enjoy some spectacular night skies here. The town center is just a ten-minute drive away, so it's ideally located for activities to enjoy dolphin or whale watching and other attractions of the area.

There are just four cosy guest rooms here, all spacious and well appointed with thoughtful details to make sure you have every comfort you need. From underfloor heating in the bathrooms, to the iPad in each room which is packed full of information about things to see and do in the area, restaurant suggestions and even electric blankets if you're visiting in winter months, you'll struggle to lack for anything in your room. The rooms have sliding doors which lead out onto a small balcony, two of which have lovely views over the Seaward range mountains which are snow-capped in the winter and spring time.

The owner, Neil, is a great host and will help make reservations for dinner at a restaurant in town, or organize any activities. Dinners are not included so you'll need to try out one of the local eateries in the evenings, but there are plenty of good options a short drive away. Neil is also a professional photographer and also offers photographic excursions nearby if you want to perfect your photographic skills. Many of his photographs are found on the walls of the guesthouse, showing off New Zealand's landscapes in all their glory. Overall, this is a comfortable base for exploring Kaikoura and offers a warm welcome.

Location & Directions

Kaikoura, New Zealand

Manakau Lodge is located just ten minutes' drive outside Kaikoura, on South Island's north east coast. The area is peaceful and rural, offering stunning star gazing on a clear night, away from any light pollution in town.

When to go

The climate in New Zealand is incredibly pleasant, with warm and balmy summers and cold crisp winter months with wonderful clear, blue skies. The warmer high-season months of November to April are perfect for outdoor exploration. The colder months of June to August are the best time to ski.

Both North and South Islands are drier on the east coast, rather than on the west, where mountain ranges act as a trap for the moisture-rich winds from the Tasman Sea. It is also worth remembering that it is usually a few degrees cooler on the South Island than the North Island and as New Zealand has a maritime climate, the weather can change rapidly.

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Call us on 858 345 1762 to start planning your vacation to Manakau Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Canterbury and the West Coast

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