Margaret Woodill is the classic Kiwi grandmother and thinks nothing of getting up at 5.30am to cook a full breakfast including homemade bread before your whale watching or dolphin swimming trip in Kaikoura, New Zealand. She’s lived in her Kaikoura peninsula home with its sweeping views of sea and mountains since 1934.
She began taking in passing travellers over 20 years ago, just before the whales and dolphins turned the township into a tourist Mecca. When her four children left home, opening a bed and breakfast seemed a logical use for spare bedrooms and bathrooms. Since husband Bob’s death in 1999, Margaret says guests are her family and that’s why she calls it a HOMESTAY rather than a B&B.
In her one-acre garden she grows tomatoes to go with her home-laid eggs and the breakfast bacon. She bakes her own bread – without the aid of a bread-maker – and makes sure your dietary needs are met before your whale watching boat sails. This traditional kiwi cooked breakfast includes muesli & cereal, homemade preserves & jam and is available as early as required for whale/dolphin watching guests. Enjoy breakfast in the dining area or out on the sunny deck whilst taking in the magnificent mountain view.
This spacious family home is near the Kaikoura Lookout on Scarborough Street and is exceptionally quiet. It’s only 5 minutes from the Kaikoura township, off the main highway south. The house rests on an acre of beautiful colourful garden and there is plenty of off-street parking. A guest lounge is available or you are more than welcome to socialise with Mar. Laundry facilities, tea & coffee making as well as home-made baking available. There is a solar-heated swimming pool for guests use during warmer months. Margaret will assist you to book local activities and happily meet the bus or train. In addition to the home-like welcome you’ll receive, Bay-View Homestay offers FREE wireless internet during your stay.