Kaikoura - Five minutes' walk to the town centre
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Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura


Brendon and Julia welcome you to Bella Vista Motel, Kaikoura

This property has been independently assessed by Qualmark as 4 star quality accommodation.

Kaikoura is the perfect location for whale watching and other wildlife adventures. From our motel, Kaikoura town centre is easily accessible, making it convenient base from which to explore the many shops, restaurants and activities on offer.

We have ample safe parking and Kaikoura is perfect to explore on foot. We are within 5 minutes’ walking distance of the town centre and the information centre. Kaikoura Whale Watch and the Dolphin and Albatross Encounter are just a 10 minutes’ walk away.

Our Kaikoura motel is also close to the hospital, Takahanga Marae, racecourse and local churches.

Our superior smoke-free motel in Kaikoura accommodation includes a variety of studios and one bedroom units. Our purpose built access units have been designed with parking at the door for your convenience. You have a choice of king, queen or single beds with electric blankets for those cooler nights.

Wireless internet is available with a spacious work desk in every room. Units vary from just tea and toast making facilities to those with cooking facilities. We offer continental breakfasts and evening meals charge back facilities, dine in or dine out.

You can be assured of a warm welcome at reception where we will assist you in every way possible.

Feel free to take a 360 degree tour of Bella Vista Kaikoua with Google Street View by clicking here

Contact us for more information on availability, rates and rooms at Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura.


Distances from Motel

Town Centre 5mins
Kaikoura Air?eld 5km
Whale Watch Kaikoura 10mins
Dolphin Encounter 10mins
Seal Colony 10mins


  • At a glance
  • Check-in 2.00pm

    Check-out 10.00am

    Office hours 8.00am to 8.00pm

  • On-site parking Onsite parking free of charge. EV charger available for a small fee.

  • Breakfast service Continental breakfast available on request.

  • Available on request Interconnecting rooms, cot, high chair, free newspaper.

  • Value adds Free WIFI (limits may apply) Guest laundry & BBQ area.

  • Email

  • Address SH 1 45-47 Churchill Street, Kaikoura

  • Phone +64 3 319 7959


Room Options

Room Options

Compact Queen Studio Compact Queen Studio photo 2

Compact Queen Studio

Ideally suited to single traveller and one night stay. Queen bed, shower ensuite, tea/coffee making, toaster, and refrigerator.

  • 16 m2
  • 1
  • 2
Superior Studio Superior Studio photo 2

Superior Studio

Queen or King bed, shower ensuite, kitchenette, tea/coffee making, toaster, microwave, refrigerator, hot plate, and electric fry pan are available. Selected studios offer easy access facilities.

  • 20 m2
  • 1
  • 2
Twin/Triple Studio Twin/Triple Studio photo 2

Twin/Triple Studio

Suitable for 1 - 3 persons. Queen bed plus a single bed, shower en suite, kitchenette. Tea/coffee making, toaster, microwave, refrigerator, hot plate, and electric frypan are available.

  • 20 m2
  • 2
  • 2
One Bedroom Studio One Bedroom Studio photo 2

One Bedroom Studio

Suitable for 1 - 4 persons. Queen Size Bed in main room + 2 Single Beds in Separate Bedroom, Spa Bath & Shower ensuite, Full Kitchen. A two bedroom unit (max 6) may be available with interconnecting door to the next unit. This option is on request and only when booking directly with the motel.

  • 37 m2
  • 3
  • 4


  • 18 superior self-contained fully serviced motel units
  • Stunning Kaikoura mountain views
  • Accessible units
  • Guest laundry
  • Outside barbecue
  • Fax & copying services
  • Type 2 EV chargers. Please pre-book.

  • Eftpos and credit card facilities
  • Double glazing throughout
  • Motel uses ECO friendly cleaning regime utilising Enjo micro fibre clothes and cleaning equipment. No chemicals used except in toilets.
  • Sky TV sport 1 and 2
  • 8 Digital FREEVIEW TV channels
Local Attractions

Local Attractions

For more local info – email or give us a ring

Dolphin Encounter

In amongst the varied and vibrant sea life found off Kaikoura is the spectacular dusky dolphin, one of the most delightfully exuberant characters of the Southern Ocean.

Dolphin Encounter New Zealand's very first operator to begin specific swim with and watching dolphin tours, has been operating since the summer of 1989-90.

Dolphin Encounter offer two options for visitors wanting to see the dusky dolphins, swimming or watching.

Whale Watching - New Zealand

Unforgettable - Whale Watching

Off the Kaikoura coastline is a marine environment so rich in nutrients that it attracts some of the most magnificent creatures with which we share our planet. Among them are Giant Sperm Whales that can grow up to 20 metres and weigh over 50 tons. These whales can be seen all year round making Kaikoura one of the most popular whale watching locations in the world.

In addition to the sperm whale a number of different species of may also be seen, depending on the season, as they follow their migratory route. This unique marine experience also provides an opportunity to sight high-spirited Dusky Dolphins, the rare and endangered Hectors Dolphin, New Zealand Fur Seals and a wide variety of sea birds including the Royal Albatross.

Viewing options include purpose built vessels on the sea, fixed wing aeroplanes or helicopters in the air. Each option provides it's own unique and unforgettable experience that provides great viewing and photographic opportunities.

Albatross Encounter

Albatross Encounter with Ocean Wings, is a well established pelagic boat tour operating from the seaside township of Kaikoura.

Kaikouras strength is its diversity of marine mammals and bird-life so accessible to its shores - a truly unique area to New Zealand.

The Albatross Encounter operates boat cruises to the seabirds all year round and allows visitors the opportunity to see a magnificent array of ocean going birds at very close range.

There are many species to impress those wanting to see a diverse array of birds, from a variety albatross, to petrels, shearwaters, gulls shags and terns.

This tour is arguably the best short pelagic tour in the world - plan enough time in your itinerary to experience this special tour.

Seal Swimming

Swimming with fur seals is one of the world's rarest and most rewarding marine mammal experiences. Kaikoura is one of the best places in the world to swim with these cheeky and inquisitive playmates of the sea. You will not believe how curious and interactive New Zealand fur seals can be in the water. No experience necessary as guides will be with you at all times.

Horse Treks

Spend up to two hours on horse back exploring native bush, riverbeds, farmland and mountain foothills. Experience not essential and there are a variety of rides to suit all abilities. Sunset rides are available during summer.


The topography of the Kaikoura coastline creates an ideal playground for kayaking. No experience is needed as you will be taught how to paddle. These hassle free, eco friendly tours offer safe, enjoyable, interactive experiences with little effort and a whole lot of good fun.


Kaikoura is a paradise for the fisherman. Whether its surface, deep sea, game fishing or crayfishing charters ranging from 2 hours to full day in duration.

Catch your own seafood lunch with all equipment supplied.

Sheep Shearing

Live sheep shearing and feeding of the Ram at the Point farm.


Kaikoura has an 18 hole scenic links course approximately 3 km south of the Bella Vista Motel. Clubs and golf carts available for hire.

Peninsula Walkway

The Peninsula Cliff Top Walk takes about an hour one way. This walk from the Peninsula car park (seal colony) to South bay follows the limestone cliff top, giving good views of the shoreline below and mountains to the west. An alternative is along the shoreline which is about an hour longer and only accessible at low tide.

Hanmer Springs

Situated in the unique alpine village of Hanmer Springs 90 minutes drive from Kaikoura inland to South West. At the centre of the village is Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa, so popular that they were voted BEST VISITOR ATTRACTION at the 2004, 2005 and 2006 New Zealand Tourism Awards and also received the coveted Distinction Award in 2006.

Enjoy the delights of the Thermal Pools before returning to Kaikoura in the evening.

Skydive Kaikoura

​Experience the thrill of skydiving from 12,000 ft over Kaikoura's breathtaking coastal and alpine scenery. Powered only by gravity you will freefall at 200kph and be simply jumping for joy from the whole experience! Go to www.skydivekaikoura.co.nz

Bella Vista Kaikoura will happily offer local advice on any of these activities and will gladly facilitate complimentary reservations should an activity require a booking.



  • 5 minutes walk to Kaikoura town centre and Information Centre
  • Walk to Kaikoura Whale Watch station 
  • Walk to Dolphin and Albatross encounter
  • Walk to local restaurants
  • Takahanga Marae next door
  • Kaikoura Hospital 500 metres away.
  • 5 minutes walk to Bus drop off station.
  • 1 km to Kaikoura Race course

SH 1 45-47 Churchill Street, Kaikoura

+64 3 319 7959

[email protected]

Travel distances in kilometres to Kaikoura

  • From:
  • Ashburton 262 kms
  • Blenheim 130 kms
  • Christchurch 181 kms
  • Dunedin 535 kms
  • Fox Glacier 522 kms
  • Franz Josef Glacier 499 kms
  • Greymouth 327 kms
  • Hanmer Springs 131 kms
  • Hokitika 365 kms
  • Invercargill 741 kms
  • Mosgiel 550 kms
  • Nelson 244 kms
  • Oamaru 423 kms
  • Queenstown 660 kms
  • Te Anau 818 kms
  • Wanaka 602 kms
  • Westport 328 kms


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