KAIKOURA EARTHQUAKE UPDATE – 10 June 2017
Last November the area around Kaikoura experienced a major earthquake, which caused considerable disruption to our town’s tourism industry this past summer.
We are relieved to have come through this extraordinary event unscathed, and happy to be able to say that Manakau Lodge is completely free of damage, open for business and operating entirely normally. Most of our local attractions and excursions are also operating normally, though guests with reservations for Whale Watch and Dolphin Encounter tours should check with these operators for revised schedules.
Damage to our local highway infrastructure meant that access to Kaikoura was extremely challenging during the first two months following the quake, but the situation has since greatly improved.
SH1 between Christchurch and Kaikoura has re-opened but remains subject to occasional closures for essential rebuilding work; even when open, temporary night-time restrictions are in place, so if you are heading to us from the south, please plan to arrive in Kaikoura before 6.00pm. During exceptionally bad weather, the highway may be closed temporarily at short notice. Guests are advised to check the status of SH1 before setting out on their journey, and to the familiarise themselves with the alternative routes available should SH1 be closed.
Coming to us from the West Coast, the Inland Road through Waiau and Mount Lyford, Route 70, is also open on an unrestricted basis, and indeed this would be your normal driving route. This scenic drive is also now the gateway to and from Abel Tasman National Park, Golden Bay and Nelson.
SH1 to the north of Kaikoura will be undergoing major repairs for the remainder of this summer and winter, and is closed to traffic. Guests coming to us from Picton and Blenheim therefore have a longer drive via Nelson Lakes, Murchison, Lewis Pass and Hanmer Springs, and then on to Route 70. If you are travelling to us from the top of the south island, please let us know. To save you time stopping to eat along the way, we can arrange to have some food and wine waiting for you when you arrive.
The Coastal Pacific rail service between Picton and Christchurch is out of action until further notice.
Thank you for persevering with your travel plans and for including us in them. We look forward to welcoming you to this special part of New Zealand and assure you of a most enjoyable visit.
Standard Room Rates
Breakfast included. No deposit or prepayment required, subject to our standard cancellation terms
|Lodge Room||Deluxe Room|
|1 June 2016 to 30 September 2017||$325||$350|
|1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018||$350||$375|
Breakfast not included. Non-refundable, payment may be taken any time after booking. These rates are ideal for guests who are booking early-morning marine excursions or leaving us to catch an early flight.
|Lodge Room||Deluxe Room|
|1 December 2016 to 30 September 2017||$295||$320|
|1 October 2017 to 30 September 2018||$310||$335|
Christmas in Kaikoura
Christmas is always a special occasion at Manakau Lodge. Stay with us for a relaxing, convivial and traditional celebration of the Christmas holiday, in the company of fellow travellers. Our “Classic Christmas” starts on Christmas Eve with a drinks reception and light supper. On Christmas Day we serve a three course lunch, and later in the evening, a gourmet supper platter. A selection of premium New Zealand wines is included with each meal. Full details can be found here. We are open for reservations on a request basis, but hurry, we sell out fast!
New Year’s Eve
Join us for the most exclusive dinner party in town and be amongst the first in the world to welcome the New Year! This will be our sixth New Year’s Eve dinner and with guests from around the world with many stories to tell, we are looking forward to plenty of lively and convivial conversation whilst enjoying a fine dinner accompanied by premium New Zealand wines. Full details here. One room remaining!
Photography Workshop Weekends
This is a special opportunity for photography enthusiasts to enjoy a week-end residential photography workshop run by Lodge owner and Images Abound professional photographer, Neil.
Aimed at beginners and intermediate photographers, the workshop is designed to help you to learn more about your camera equipment and to get the best out of it, to help you develop your skills in image visualisation, composition and exposure techniques, and to build on your own creativity to get better results. These are practical, hands-on, out-in-the-field tuition workshops. Above all they are informal, very relaxed, and fun!
Our workshops start early afternoon on Saturday and continue through until Sunday afternoon, with an overnight stay in the luxurious comfort of Manakau Lodge, on either a single or double occupancy basis. A continental breakfast is served after our Sunday morning sunrise shoot. Non-photographing partners are welcome, with a nominal additional charge made for accommodation and breakfast.
Our 2017 workshop weekend dates and rates are published here.
British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand, 2017
The British and Irish Lions are heading to New Zealand to challenge the All Blacks in June 2017, and although there are no Test matches on the South Island, we are hosting two matches on 10 and 13 June, in Christchurch and Dunedin.
Manakau Lodge is the perfect place for a small group of Lions supporters to stay while visiting Kaikoura. Book all four rooms for a luxurious winter stay in our beautiful mountain surroundings, at a special small group “Lions” rate. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
A Manakau Lodge Gift Certificate is a great way to offer family members or friends a special treat, whether for Christmas, a birthday, an anniversary, or a wedding gift. We can supply a personalised voucher for a bed and breakfast stay, or to any monetary value for redemption against the cost of accommodation, dinner, celebration drinks, or any combination, for a period up to one year and without black-out date restrictions other than Christmas and New Year. As an added treat for the recipient, a pre-paid voucher comes with a guaranteed complimentary room upgrade, subject only to room availability on the chosen stay date.
Call or email us for details.
* based on double or twin occupancy. Room upgrades are subject to availability