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Austin Heights Boutique Bed and Breakfast

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

John and Lynne McGinn
19 Austin Street, On the Peninsula, Kaikoura, Canterbury

Tel: + 64 (0)3-319-5836
Cell: + 64 (0)21-295-7031
Fax: + 64 (0)3-319-6836

Austin Heights sits above Kaikoura and commands sumptuous views down to the sea and across to the (often) snow-capped mountains. When I visited the beautiful garden was brightly ablaze in the chilly autumn sunshine, so I was content to retreat into warmer quarters.....

.... The guest units with their two big bedrooms are situated above the McGinns’ home. They have small kitchens with myriad teas and coffees, bowls of fresh fruit, plus chocolates and biscuits for the middle of the night. And, for those brief hours when you’re not charging around Kaikoura whale-watching, dolphin-watching, wine-tasting and sightseeing, a stereo, DVD player (plus movies) and 32-inch flat-screen digital satellite TV's in both upstairs suites are your friends should you have need of them. The rooms are connected to the main house by a long balcony where you can sit and applaud quietly as the sun sets gently over the hills. John and Lynne can proudly claim all credit for the transformation of Austin Heights (including the outdoor hydrotherapy spa) some few years ago. Now dab-hands in B&B they serve breakfast and advice in the main house at a long wooden table. This is a comfortable seaside base for exploring the area’s considerable charms and just a five-minute walk to the sea. It would make an excellent stopping point for two couples travelling together as you can make it into your own private apartment. Gentle giant of a cat, answering to ‘Oscar’, in situ. Free pick-up service from bus or train. Handy to all major amenities. 10 mins' walk to the sea.[i/] WIFI.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Children Welcome    Meals Can Be Provided    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Wifi Available    Owners are Garden Enthusiasts    Boats or Charters    Canoeing    
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Rooms: 3 apartments: 1 queen suite with en/s shower; 1 family apartment downstairs with shower and bath, 1 double & 1 single bed plus a 3/4 sofa bed; 1 superking suite.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Generous continental breakfast included. Cooked available. Several good restaurants in the area.
Directions: Heading south from the centre of Kaikoura (signposted Christchurch) turn left into Scarborough Street and keep going until you get to Austin Street which is the 2nd turning on your left.

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