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Located on a beautiful five-acre property set against a scenic mountain backdrop, Manakau Lodge offers luxury within close proximity of exceptional marine life. Set amongst groves of manuka trees, it offers a tranquil getaway just a short drive from Kaikoura.

Its four spacious guestrooms are elegantly furnished, and offer incomparable views: on one side, the stunning snow-capped mountains, and on the other, an ocean panorama with superb sunrises. There are two room categories, lodge rooms and the slightly larger deluxe rooms, which have king or super-king beds, fine cotton linens, woollen blankets, two arm chairs, a television, writing desk and a modern bathroom with a walk-in monsoon shower. Deluxe rooms have the added luxury of a free-standing bath. All rooms have wireless internet, USB charging points and an iPad for guest use.

The lodge is primarily bed and breakfast, offering a selection of freshly-prepared pastries, croissants, fruits, eggs, smoked salmon and a hearty Kiwi grill. For those heading out on early-morning marine excursions, a breakfast-to-go can be arranged. For guests wishing to stay at the lodge for dinner, a choice of cheese and supper platters can be ordered in advance, served with the region’s finest wines. 

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Kiwis & Whales Galore: South Island Self-drive

This self-drive of New Zealand’s South Island showcases dramatic scenery, from sandy beaches to picturesque snow-capped mountains. Highlights include cetacean-rich Kaikoura, the Otago Peninsula - home to the endangered yellow-eyed penguin - and Stewart Island for southern brown kiwis.

  • When to go: Sep-May
  • Duration inc. flights: 23 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,495 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Kaikoura

Picturesque Kaikoura is the ideal base for wildlife encounters - especially of the marine variety – with permanently resident sperm whales, several species of dolphin and New Zealand fur seals. It is also a fantastic place to enjoy crayfish: in Maori 'kai' means food and 'koura' means crayfish.

  • Ideal for viewing: sperm whale, dusky dolphin, Gibson’s albatross, Cape petrel, New Zealand fur seal
  • Excellent for: Whale watching