Bendamere House Bed & Breakfast - Reviews

Host's Kerry and Julie Howden believe it is the special touches, such as Julie's homemade shortbread, that give our customers that extra feeling of comfort at Bendamere.

You will enjoy unsurpassed views over the pacific ocean, with all the comforts including: full ensuite; tea and coffee facilities; silent fridges; air-conditioning; quality Sleepyhead beds; TV; bathrobes; hairdryers; electric blankets; home-baked shortbread.

Free wireless broadband internet and coin-operated laundry facilities are just some of the services we offer. Courtesy pick-up/drop-off to all trains and buses and secure off-street parking directly behind your rooms.

All tariffs include a delicious continental breakfast in our communal dining room, including cereals, fresh fruit salad, toast, home-made spreads and honeys, home-baked muffins, fresh baked croissants, orange juice and tea and coffee.

Please take the time to read some reviews from some of our customers.

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Can’t improve on perfection!

Can’t improve on perfection! Beyond amazing, view was incredible, Julie was a wonderful, friendly and helpful host. Highly recommended!!!

A lovely place with fantastic views!

We thoroughly enjoyed our time and Thankyou for your help and advice.
It’s a lovely place with fantastic views and very convenient location

Beautiful B & B – Bendamere

Most beautiful B & B in Kaikoura. Kerry & Julie are very hospitable and welcoming. The accommodation is top class with views to die for. Very knowledgeable on the area, and the breakfast and home cooking was lovely.

Troy Searle

Exceptional accomodation

We were treated with a lovely batch of home made shortbread to have with a cup of tea. The view of the sea and mountains were amazing. The room was of a high standard. Our breakfast was lovely and the daily muffin a treat. I would recommend this accomodation to anyone. Our host Julie extremely welcoming and friendly

Rosalie Adamson

Bendamere House

Bendamere House is in a very lovely spot looking over the ocean . very very clean and maintained by some very friendly people ,Top place to stay , we would go back there next time were in New zealand .

Brett Dixon

Our Favorite B&B

Bendamere is the nicest place we have ever stayed. Stunning views of the South Pacific and the snow-covered Kaikoura Range; rose gardens galore; a lovely lawn on which to read; and an immaculate, quiet room with a king-sized bed and a deck. Julie was a delightful hostess, sending us off with home-baked muffins and shortbread every day and full of good information about restaurants and attractions. Furthermore, the location can’t be beat. Just a 5-minute walk to the town and ocean. We loved it and hope to visit again someday, if we’re lucky enough to return to New Zealand.


Extremely hospitable and friendly host, great rooms, tasty breakfast

The warmth and hospitality of the host just made us feel so comfortable and at home.

Room is not very fanciful but nicely done with many small details to make the stay more pleasant. The details count and there are a lot here.

View is great too with the sea, mountain.

Breakfast is superb. I am a very happy person after the breakfast.


Breathtaking view of the Pacific

We stayed 3 days in the Hartnell King room (one of the upper level rooms with a balcony). To sit there, with the sun on your face and a glass of wine in your hand is sheer bliss. The situation could not be bettered and we loved every minute.

The room was extremely comfortable, very spacious and had a fridge which was useful for wines/beers etc.

Julie is a genuinely warm and friendly lady, who makes breakfast and also provides you with a couple of muffins for your afternoon tea. There were daily shortbreads left in our room too.

This B&B cannot be faulted and I would unhesitatingly use it again and recommend to others.


Extremely friendly hosts, wonderful views

The hosts are very friendly and the views across the sea are breathtaking. It also offers a view of the snow mountains. It is also very convenient with the town centre being only a 5 to 10 minute walk. There is also a complimentary pick up or drop off service to bus stops and others. It also has the most delicious breakfast that there is in Kaikoura. The room is clean and tidy with everything suitable for people from all walks of life.

Chen W

Perfect in every way

We stayed here for 2 nights over Christmas and could not have wished for anything better. Julie was a fantastic host, so friendly and welcoming from the moment we arrived. The view from the bedrooms and garden is beautiful! We had many a cup of tea and (glass of wine!) over looking the gorgeous mountains and blue sea.
Our bedroom was a great size and so well equipped, the fridge was really handy too. Really comfy bed and powerful shower.
Breakfast was lovely, fab ham and cheese croissants amongst the selection.
Julie’s homemade shortbread is amazing! She very kindly kept us topped up with shortbread and also muffins and cake for our days out too, all delicious!
The town is within easy walking distance (5 mins) so handy to leave the car when going for dinner and boat trips from the town. The Kaikoura Peninsula walk is a fantastic walk which we did from the house too.
Hosts like Julie are one of the reasons why we love staying in B&B’s and we cannot recommend Bendamere House highly enough. Thank you Julie! (and Diesel the cat who put up with fuss from me 🙂 ).

Kirsty A

Superb value for money & what a view!!!

My wife & I were fortunate enough to stay at Bendamere house B&B during our visit to NZ. The location just blew us away as the view was outstanding & worth the money alone. The room was clean, tidy & of a superior standard with free Wi Fi. There was off street parking & it was within walking distance of the shops & restaurants. Julie the host was great & was very helpful in advising us of the things to do in the area including the Whale Watching trip. We would have no hesitation in staying here again or recommending this B&B to our friends.


A Room With A (Simply Stunning) View

Now this a very professional operation. The room is very well furnished and the bed is very comfortable. The en-suite has good sized shower cubicle and the obligatory white fluffy towels and there is a small amount of hanging space, our room also had a small sofa.

The star of the show though has to be the view out of you window, it is simply stunning, the view is of the bay which has Sperm Whales (we can wholeheartedly recommend the whale watching by helicopter- awesome) and Dolphins.

So if you’re in the area and looking for somewhere to stay then you don’t have to look out any further – you have just found (probably) the best accommodation in Kaikoura.

Jim S

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