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The Pier Hotel is an historic building having been built especially for the fishing fleet and whalers at the turn of the 19th century. Some 122 years on the Hotel has had many owners and just as many colourful characters over the years. It is currently owned by a gentlemen who also owns other establishments, but prefers to be a hands on owner in this Hotel. With the breathtaking views from this hotel you will see why he chooses to live and work in Kaikoura.
The uniqueness of this Kaikoura icon, apart from the breathtaking views of the Kaikoura Ranges and Ingles Bay, is that it still retains the appearance and charm of yesteryear, even though it has had to endure small facelifts over the years. It is a true 'kiwiana' pub style residence with modern touches that enhance its comfort and ambience. Plenty of car parking is available on site. The hotel is P.O.P. friendly should space be available to park campervans and permission granted by the owner.
The 10 rooms upstairs in the hotel are configured into single twins and king-bed rooms (share facilities as in keeping with the 122-year-old era of the hotel). The majority of the rooms have access onto the sunny balcony, where many a breakfast and evening cocktails have been enjoyed to the smell of the sea and sun and views. Sunrise and sunsets are in a word—awesome!
The bar in the hotel is cosy and has a fireplace and window benches from which to enjoy the view. The walls are adorned with historic photos all pertaining to the hotel and fishing era of bygone years.
The main restaurant has a warm ambience and friendly feel.
The menu changes seasonally to enable diners, both local and visitors, to partake in the freshest produce available. The hotel has a reputation for serving some of the best seafood and aged beef available. No wonder the place is rated as one of the best seafood restaurants in the region.