The Irish Fella, Dublin
Margaret is the perfect host in the idyllic setting of Kaikoura Bay. The property is set in lovely gardens in a homely style.
Margaret collected me from my excursion of swimming with dolphins (dolphin encounter) and offered me a cup of tea and some fantastic homemade cake and pleasant conversation and dropped me to the station in the morning after a peaceful nights sleep to recharge the batteries.
If you want a home away from home then this is the place to come.
As an aside the dolphin excursion was excellent and is about a 20 minute walk from the train station. The coffee shop which is part of dolphin encounter is also excellent. Unfortunately no free wireless internet was available, this is pretty normal in NZ. Kaikoura is an optional overnight stopover in the scenic train from Christchurch through to Picton/Wellington and is well worth a visit.