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The Lodge

Your Hosts

Rachel and Nigel bought Nikau Lodge in October 2017 after moving into town from living out in the country. Now the children have all flown the nest it was time for a change. Nigel was born in Kaikoura and has lived here all his life, he is a 3rd generation Crayfisherman. Rachel has lived here since her teenage years and up until moving to Nikau Lodge owned a Patchworkshop here in Kaikoura. You will see a lot of her work throughout the Lodge.


Enjoy our continental breakfast with tea/coffee, fruit juice, fresh greek yoghurt, home-made muesli and cereals, and cooked fruits, different varieties of bread with butter and/or a selection of jam, honey, peanut butter etc...Or indulge yourself with one of our great cooked breakfasts using local free range eggs!


Known as Old Maud Foster's place after the original owner, Nikau Lodge was built in 1925. Upstairs was purpose built as accomodation 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!

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Tel: +64 (0)3 319 6973