Conveniently located in the heart of Kaikoura with magnificent hilltop views of sea and mountains, Nikau Lodge offers high quality affordable Bed and Breakfast accommodation.

Relax in the garden hot-tub, sit on the verandah with a glass of wine and gaze at the stars and snow-capped mountains.

Nikau Lodge has

  • Five extremely comfortable rooms : 2 King/Twin Ensuite, 3 Queen Ensuite
  • A beautiful garden with lots of flowers
  • Hot-tub
  • Five minutes walk to Kaikoura’s main street – off street parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Free tea / plunger coffee in rooms
  • TV and DVD player in rooms
  • Full Cooked Breakfast using fresh local produce
  • Locally roasted fresh percolated coffee and a selection of good quality teas
  • Nikau Lodge is smoke-free (smoking outside only)
  • Courtesy Pick-up and Drop-off, by arrangement


Choose from a selection of cafe quality cooked breakfast options, homemade granola and toast and spreads. All made with local fresh produce, served with local percolated coffee and orange juice.


Known as Old Maud Foster’s place after the original owner, Nikau Lodge was built in 1925. Upstairs was purpose built as accommodation in 1996. The glow of native Rimu and Matai timber is everywhere, and the house has a cosy homely feeling.

Nikau Palm

Nikau Lodge is named after the Nikau Palm that grows in our garden, this tall, slender and graceful tree with its sensual bulbous curves leading into a spreading latticework of branches is the only native palm in New Zealand. The Nikau is the southern-most palm in the world.

It is easy to recognise in the bush with its circular trunk, ringed with evenly spaced scars from fallen leaves which are up to 3 metres in length and at their base circle the trunk completely. In Spring it sprouts large clusters of mauve flowers which burst from the base of the lowest branch. Initially this is sticky and sweet and attracts insects, in particular bees before it develops to the next stage of producing deep red berries. The Nikau can grow to 15 metres in height. It thrives in sheltered positions and can be found in coastal and warmer inland forests of the North Island and some parts of the South Island.

We are not sure of the history of our Nikau but do know that a local landscaper tried to buy it for a dozen of beer!