We stayed here in February and can’t recommend it enough. Margaret is a lovely lady who belies her 80-odd years, baking bread, cooking breakfast, growing vegetables and tending her wonderful, colourful garden. She and Nicky, her daughter who took the booking and advised in advance how to go whale-watching, made us very welcome. The house is above the town, which is reachable either by a walk through the wooded hill or by a short drive. The best restaurant in town is at the same end of town, near a wonderful spot of the coast where the seals laze about. If you’re going to Kaikoura, and you should, check to see if Margaret has a room!