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Reviews of Austin Heights Quality Bed & Breakfast 4 stars

19 Austin Street, 7300 Kaikoura, New Zealand

#7 of 9 B&Bs and Inns in Kaikoura

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Review score

Based on 53 B&B reviews

9.2

Score breakdown

  • Cleanliness

    9.6

  • Comfort

    9.4

  • Location

    8.9

  • Facilities

    9.4

  • Staff

    9.6

  • Value for money

    8.5

  • Free WiFi

    8.5

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  • Reviewed: 13 April 2018

    10
    John and Lynn both are very nice, my friend and I spent...
    • Leisure trip
    • People with friends
    • One-Bedroom Apartment
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    John and Lynn both are very nice, my friend and I spent wonderful two days there. John kindly helped us to order Pizza at first day when we just arrived. The breakfast provided by them is very good. We also enjoy the talking with other guests and John couple. And the facilities are perfect. Room is very clean. We like the garden, the design, the style and the location, you even can go to Kean Point by walking. I hope I can visit Kaikoura again, and I will select this hotel again!

    Stayed in March 2018

  • Reviewed: 12 March 2018

    10
    A beautiful location and apartment, lovely owners and a wonderful way to enjoy area and New Zealand
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Apartment with Balcony
    • Stayed 2 nights

    Nothing, it was all wonderful

    Owners lovely and very welcoming, lovely atmosphere and accommodation and location stunning, would definitely visit again and recommend to friends and family.

    Stayed in February 2018

  • Reviewed: 8 March 2018

    10
    First Class Accommodaton.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Suite with Sea View
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    There is nothing to dislike about the property.

    Beautiful self contained accommodation overlooking the sea from the room & balcony seating. The welcome pack in the fridge was lovely (Lynne's homemade cake a real treat after a long journey). Lynne & John are very welcoming & nothing appears to be too much trouble for them. If we visit NZ again this is one place we will return to.

    Stayed in February 2018

  • Reviewed: 28 February 2018

    10
    Superb place overlooking Kaikoura
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • King Suite
    • Stayed 4 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Very friendly hosts at this beautiful B&B, John and Lynne were helpful and kind and made our 3 night stay stand out as one of the best. Lovely comfortable room with stunning view over Kaikoura. Delicious breakfasts and very relaxed atmosphere. John recommended and booked for us a local restaurant which could be accessed directly from them by walking down the cliff with beautiful sea views all the way. Wonderful stay.

    Stayed in February 2018

  • Reviewed: 11 February 2018

    10
    Our hosts were warm friendly and engaging which made our...
    • Leisure trip
    • Group
    • 2 rooms
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Our hosts were warm friendly and engaging which made our stay very pleasant and the accommodation was exceptional and would thoroughly recommend this stay to anyone.

    Stayed in February 2018

  • Reviewed: 6 February 2018

    10
    The breakfast was outstanding.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Suite with Sea View
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    The breakfast was outstanding. The hosts gave us a great recommendation for dinner, sent us on a nice walk, and even arranged a ride home after dinner. Couldn’t have been better!

    Stayed in February 2018

  • Reviewed: 17 September 2017

    10
    Sept 13th to Sept 17th
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • One-Bedroom Apartment
    • Stayed 4 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Everything. The location and room was perfect. It was relaxing. Amazing hospitality from Lynn and John. The breakfasts were delicious & we will definately be back..

    Stayed in September 2017

  • Reviewed: 21 February 2017

    10
    Great place to stay with good people
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Double Room
    • Stayed 3 nights

    The property is managed by a delightful couple who made every effort to make our stay meaningful, productive and enjoyable. Ideal for those who want to go whale watching. The breakfasts were fantastic !

    Stayed in January 2017

  • Reviewed: 8 January 2017

    7.5
    Friendly welcome...shame about earhquake damage to town centre and surrounds
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Double Room
    • Stayed 2 nights

    *Small double bed in ground floor room (Queen/King now seems the standard) *Bedroom was in main hallway which meant owners passed our door on way to their own next door bedroom....no real sense of privacy *Long hill walk to town which was Ok when it wasn't raining and transport provided by Pier Hotel (must do place to eat!!!)

    *Friendliness of owners *OK if you want company of owners for breakfast which is served in the open kitchen/lounge room area of their home...we would have preferred more privacy and not felt obliged to have continuous conversation while we ate *Use of washing machine/dryer

    Stayed in December 2016

  • Reviewed: 17 May 2018

    10
    Excellent, comfortable and very friendly hosts
    • Leisure trip
    • People with friends
    • Superior Suite with Sea View
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Stayed in May 2018

  • Reviewed: 26 April 2018

    10
    The well designed garden is impressive, and room is cozy.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Suite with Sea View
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    The well designed garden is impressive, and room is cozy. The host is friendly and generous. We will select it next time.

    Stayed in April 2018

  • Reviewed: 20 April 2018

    10
    Perfect
    • Leisure trip
    • Group
    • One-Bedroom Apartment
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Lovely and warm hosts 😀

    Stayed in April 2018

  • Reviewed: 5 April 2018

    10
    Great location with extremely pleasant hosts. Very clean accommodation and excellent home cooked bre
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Apartment with Balcony
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Nothing

    Very welcoming hosts. Nothing was too much trouble. Fantastic home cooked breakfasts.p

    Stayed in April 2018

  • Reviewed: 4 April 2018

    9.2
    John & Lyn were great hosts, making breakfast every...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Suite with Sea View
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Liked it all.

    John & Lyn were great hosts, making breakfast every morning at a time that suited us.

    Stayed in March 2018

  • Reviewed: 1 April 2018

    9.2
    Good view from the balcony.
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with young children
    • Superior Suite with Sea View
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Nice and peaceful.

    Stayed in March 2018

  • Reviewed: 22 February 2018

    10
    Good stopover in Kaikoura
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • One-Bedroom Apartment
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Nothing it was perfect

    Lovely welcome fromJohn and Lynne Great location Comfortable and clean facilities

    Stayed in February 2018

  • Reviewed: 12 February 2018

    8.8
    Great view.
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • One-Bedroom Apartment
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Great view. Welcoming hosts.

    Stayed in February 2018

  • Reviewed: 29 January 2018

    2.5
    n
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Suite with Sea View
    • Stayed 1 night

    no air conditioner

    n

    Stayed in January 2018

  • The following reviews were written more than 24 months ago. They no longer impact the property's overall review score – but may still be helpful when choosing the perfect place to stay.

  • Reviewed: 14 April 2016

    10
    Very friendly and welcoming hosts.
    • Leisure trip
    • Group

    Very friendly and welcoming hosts. Large and comfortable rooms. Beautifully landscaped garden. Good views of countryside. Close to city centre and restaurants (3,5 km). All amenities available.

  • Reviewed: 26 February 2016

    6.7
    Cooked Breakfast needed serious boarding school training to...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Cooked Breakfast needed serious boarding school training to eat it,one of the most revolting ever. There was no one available to help when there was a power cut around 7.30 pm and we had no water and no light

  • Reviewed: 19 February 2016

    10
    The host (John) and hostess (Lynne) were extraordinary and...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    There is not a single thing I can think of that could be improved upon.

    The host (John) and hostess (Lynne) were extraordinary and made our stay in their B&B extra special. The rooms were wonderful the breakfasts were delicious and the views outstanding!

  • Reviewed: 9 February 2016

    10
    We were very happy with our one night stay.
    • Leisure trip
    • Group

    We were very happy with our one night stay. John and Lynn couldn't have been more welcoming and we really enjoyed our breakfast after the early morning swim with the dolphins'. Thank you.

  • Reviewed: 9 February 2016

    10
    Location out of town in superb gardens.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Location out of town in superb gardens. Well appointed flatlet. Professional, friendly, efficient hosts who were obviously well experienced in this field of hospitality. Excellent breakfast.

  • Reviewed: 7 January 2016

    5.4
    The place was clean
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    The attitude of the hosts was most strange down to: we were told the specific time for breakfast, we were not even given a time range for breakfast. The time depended on what time everyone else wanted breakfast and everyone was expected to conform. It came down to what was a convenient time to the hosts. The breakfast lacked care and feeling that makes all the difference. When we arrived the welcome was far from friendly. It was tense. When we were asked if we wanted milk, after I looked at my wife for answer, the lady host said in a very bad tone of voice ''do u want milk or not?''

    The place was clean

  • Reviewed: 2 January 2016

    8.8
    Great location.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    We were asked to change our breakfast time for one day. The voucher-based WI-FI was a real pain and not suitable for streaming.

    Great location. The room was really clean and cosy. The continental breakfast was very good. J and L were very nice hosts during our stay.

  • Reviewed: 31 December 2015

    9.2
    Good views and they had thought of everything.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    You are a little way out which didn't bother us because of views and we are walkers. BUT there is coplinentary pick up from station

    Good views and they had thought of everything. Room big enough to have 2 comfy chairs.

  • Reviewed: 26 March 2015

    9.6
    That is the first night we stayed in NZ and the room is very...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    A little bit far from the town centre.

    That is the first night we stayed in NZ and the room is very very very comfortable and we got a very good sleep. The host is very welcome and the breakfast is awesome. We also know that one of the Chinese pop star Hu Haiquan(胡海泉) stayed there in 2010.

  • Reviewed: 12 March 2015

    10
    Lynne and John made us very welcome, including the special...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Lynne and John made us very welcome, including the special breakfast bake. The room was spotless and the position on the peninsular made for great views across the sea to the mountains. Would certainly stay there again.

  • Reviewed: 19 February 2015

    3.8
    The owner is friendly and the room looks nice on the first...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    On the second view you have a shower with unstable temperature, where the water is more dropping than running. There is an automatic sprayer in the room for insects, which we didn't like. Be careful with the payment. The owner had charged my credit card already when I wanted to pay at departure. Later at home I saw that he did take 5 NZD more than what was confirmed by booking.com. Now I am trying to get the money back but the owner doesn't reply on email.I wouldn't book this accomodation again for these reasons above.

    The owner is friendly and the room looks nice on the first view.

  • Reviewed: 11 February 2015

    7.9
    Lovely comfy bed & quiet area location.
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller

    Noisy fridge & early morning activity upstairs - possibly from the first shift of whale watchers.

    Lovely comfy bed & quiet area location. Breakfast was welcoming & sociably communal.

  • Reviewed: 23 January 2015

    10
    Location - quiet, access to lovely walks but not far from...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Location - quiet, access to lovely walks but not far from the town amenities Bedroom/studio comfortable and stylish, access to balcony with views to the sea, space to eat Hosts - welcoming and thoughtful, even got a Christmas present

  • Reviewed: 4 January 2015

    10
    the house was tidy and clean, good facilities, comfortable...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    the house was tidy and clean, good facilities, comfortable bed, good shower, etc. I was ill and the hostess were so helpful and sympathetic!! thank you!

  • Reviewed: 3 May 2016

    10
    Everything!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Nothing!

    Everything!

  • Reviewed: 6 April 2016

    10
    Quiet location.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Quiet location. Pretty house and garden. Lovely views. Comfortable room.

  • Reviewed: 30 March 2016

    10
    everything!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    none

    everything! the landlord, the room,, the breakfast....

  • Reviewed: 28 March 2016

    10
    Best choice of our trip!
    • Leisure trip
    • Group

    Best choice of our trip! Lovely lynne and John , we are happy with everything! Hope we can stay longer! Justine &Ellen

  • Reviewed: 17 March 2016

    9.2
    The couple who run this B & B were friendly &...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    The couple who run this B & B were friendly & attentive. They love their vocation and make everyone feel welcome.

  • Reviewed: 25 February 2016

    6.3
    Comfortable bed.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Our fault for not realizing we were on ground floor so no views, and that bathroom was not en suite.

    Comfortable bed.

  • Reviewed: 23 February 2016

    7.9
    Beautiful garden.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Bathroom not attached to the room. Breakfast basic.

    Beautiful garden.

  • Reviewed: 22 February 2016

    8.8
    Friendly helpful host who even drove us to a restaurant.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    No choice at breakfast

    Friendly helpful host who even drove us to a restaurant. We had a large room with a fabulous view.Astonishing garden.

  • Reviewed: 23 January 2016

    7.9
    spacious room
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    breakfast only till 8.30

    spacious room

  • Reviewed: 21 January 2016

    10
    Comfortable bed,quiet location,
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Nothing

    Comfortable bed,quiet location, Lovely hosts

  • Reviewed: 11 May 2015

    10
    i just like the way they love their house so much!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    i just like the way they love their house so much!

  • Reviewed: 2 April 2015

    7.9
    Good choice at breakfast
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    No Problems

    Good choice at breakfast

  • Reviewed: 26 March 2015

    9.6
    Room with a view!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Room with a view!!!

  • Reviewed: 22 March 2015

    9.6
    Location very nice hosts
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Location very nice hosts

  • Reviewed: 20 January 2015

    10
    Very comfortable base for exploring kaikoura.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Very comfortable base for exploring kaikoura. Hosts very helpful and friendly.

  • Reviewed: 13 January 2015

    10
    Lynn and John the owners are a great and very hospitable...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Lynn and John the owners are a great and very hospitable couple. Nothing is to much trouble, even down to arranging a doctors appointment for me.

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