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The Lodge

Your Hosts

Quentin and Jane have lived in Kaikoura for most of their lives. They love the great outdoors and have a vast knowledge of Kaikoura history and the many activities that are available there. They are privileged to live in Nikau Lodge with their friendly Border Terrier, Jack who thinks the guests have all come to visit him.


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

Mobile: +64 (0)27 435 9132

Fax: +64 (0)3 319 6983