Enjoy fantastic views every aspect on this elevated property. A fully furnished family home including all amenities to make your stay a relaxed and comfortable one. This house was my grandparents and I spent my summers enjoying the beach, going fishing and walking on the reef looking in rock pools. Enjoy all rooms fully made up for your arrival at this peaceful getaway.
With three large bedrooms, sun drenched breakfast nook, dining room and huge lounge there is plenty of room for the kids to run around and enjoy themselves. A triple tiered front lawn with plenty of room to enjoy and has apple and peach trees and passionfruit vines abound out the back means that in season there is plenty of fresh organic fruit to be had.
From waking in the morning to the sound of waves crashing on the beach below, to leisurely meals at the sun-filled breakfast table enjoying the views of the mountains and the bay. The Seahorse will remind you of childhood beach holidays with a familiar and inviting space and plenty of time to unwind.
A 1 minute walk across the road to the beach below, a 5 minute walk to the historical Pier Hotel and only 20 minutes walk to see the seals at the 'point'. The main Kaikoura shops are a 20 minute walk away or take the slow way and walk along the beach in 30 minutes. This of course can also be accomplished in a short five minute drive.
It is an accessible two hour drive to Christchurch International Airport. It is located within a comfortable day trip to the outstanding vineyards of Marlborough, the relaxing hot springs at Hanmar Springs and during the ski season at Mt Lyford.
With a population of approximately 3,900 residents, the Kaikoura township is located on a rocky peninsula, protruding from lush farmland beneath the mountains. In the waters off the peninsula, a complex marine system provides an abundantly rich habitat for marine mammals and seabirds making it an ideal place for getting 'close to nature'.
A town with it's own fasinating history, archaeological remains indicate that Moa Hunters inhabited the peninsula 900 years ago. In Maori legend, Maui placed his foot on the Kaikoura peninsula to steady himself while he 'fished-up' the North Island. The Maori name Kaikoura translates to 'meal of crayfish' (Kai - food, koura - crayfish), and it is crayfish for which the region has traditionally been famous. The area's abundant food sources attracted Maori settlement, and the remains of several pa sites can still seen on the peninsula to this day.
Today, the emphasis in Kaikoura is the conservation of marine life, working with a sustainable tourist industry which allows visitors from all over the world to appreciate life in the ocean. In 1978, the Marine Mammal Protection Act was finally passed, providing total protection to New Zealand' s whales, dolphins and seals. Kaikoura lies within the Southern Hemisphere Whale Sanctuary.
... abundant on the Kaikoura Peninsula & coastline
Several different species of whale can be seen off Kaikoura at different times of the year, but almost always the huge Sperm Whales. Flukes lifting clear at the start of the deep dive, adolescent male Sperm Whales enjoy the rich diet of the Kaikoura waters while building up their strength to move to the mating grounds of the warm north. Regularly diving to depths of one kilometre, Sperm Whales have been known to dive to 3 kilometres, holding their breath for up to two hours - perhaps gulping down a few groper or wrestling with a giant squid.
The clean sharp fin of the Orca is often sighted in Kaikoura, and schools of Pilot Whales are occasional visitors. And everywhere the fun loving Dusky Dolphin. Fur seals, once almost hunted to extinction are now plentiful here, resting on warm rocks after a nights fishing. Seabirds, also enjoying the rich sea harvest, are abundant.
We had a wonderful stay here. The house was clean and very comfortable. Spacious and plenty of parking. Our view was lovely. We would stay here again. Thank You Sam.
Amazing views from all rooms on this elevated property. Fully furnished family home including all amenities to make your stay a relaxed and comfortable one. All rooms fully made up for your arrival at this peaceful getaway. From waking in the morning to the sound of waves crashing on the beach below, to sitting at the sun-filled breakfast table enjoying the views of the mountains and the bay. A 1 minute walk across the road to the beach below, a 5 minute walk to the historical Pier Hotel and only 20 minutes walk to see the seals at the 'point'.
It is an easy 2 hour drive from Christchurch International Airport. It is central to a comfortable day trip to the outstanding vineyards of Marlborough, the hot pools at Hanmer Springs or in the winter skiing at Mt Lyford.
With resident whales off the coast as well as other migratory whales passing through several pods of dolphins. a family of blue penguins, nesting albatrosses and the baby seal nursery, if you like sea life then Kaikoura is the spot for you!