Manakau Lodge

Kaikoura, Canterbury and the West Coast, New Zealand

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

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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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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.

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.

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

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

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Manakau Lodge is a cosy owner-run 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.

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 centre is just a ten-minute drive away, so it's ideally located for activities such as dolphin or whale watching, along with other area attractions.

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 mountain range, which are snow-capped in the winter and spring.

The owner, Neil, is a great host and will help make reservations for dinner at a restaurant in town, or organise 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.

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Anna Chaplin (Staff)

This is a really sweet little lodge. It has been well designed and all the rooms are very spacious and modern. Neil who manages the lodge is very knowledgeable of the surrounding area and is also a fantastic photographer - you can view is pieces all around the lodge. If you're looking to really escape from the world and surround yourself with beautiful scenery away from the crowds, Manakau Lodge is the place for you.


Katie Fewkes (Staff)

I really enjoyed my stay at this charming bed and breakfast. The rooms are really spacious and have lots of little luxurious touches, which show the thought and care that owner Neil has put into the place - no skimping on cheap bathroom products here! And the WiFi was super-fast, a rare thing in many parts of New Zealand. Breakfast was delicious and the coffee was strong. All in all, a great base for my stay in Kaikoura and I'd warmly recommend it.


  • Dolphin Encounter off the coast of Kaikoura - Shared

    Make one of life's dream a reality and not only watch dolphins in the wild but get the chance to swim with them as well, just off the coast of Kiakoura.

  • Kayaking with Seals in Kaikoura - Shared

    Each year in Kaikoura New Zealand fur seal pups can be seen resting and playing in the fresh water while their mothers are out at sea fishing. Enjoy a guided kayaking excursion to watch these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.

  • TranzAlpine Train - Christchurch to Greymouth - Shared

    The fertile farmlands of the Canterbury Plains, deep gorges and glacial rivers await as you take one of the world’s most iconic train journeys from Christchurch to Greymouth.

  • Whale watching in Kaikoura - SHared

    Take to the seas off the coast of Kaikoura to search for New Zealand's marine giants. Sperm Whales, Orca and migrating Humpbacks all frequent the inky depths hunting for squid in the Hikurangi Trench.

Location & directions

Kaikoura, Canterbury and the West Coast, 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.

How to get there

Kaikoura is approximately two and a half hour's drive north of Christchurch, or two hours drive south of the Marlborough Sounds and wine region.

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