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Stay A While...


Your hosts, Kate & James, will ensure you receive a warm welcome at Donegal House Irish Hotel - with our comfortable, affordable Accommodation, and character filled Restaurant and Bar. Whether you're travelling to Kaikōura for business or pleasure, we have some great options available so you can stay a while and enjoy our hospitality.

We're far enough from town to offer a peaceful, relaxed stay, but still only a short drive to some of the many attractions Kaikōura has to offer. And we have a courtesy van available for your convenience.

Please note: We do not offer breakfasts unless it is for a group booking. Please ask one of our friendly staff for suggestions about where to get breakfast.



With 29 guest rooms (all with private ensuite bathroom), magnificent gardens, fully licensed restaurant and a homely Irish bar, all wrapped in genuine local hospitality with a good dose of humour!

Our Rooms:

  • Small Studio Room

  • Queen Room facing South (no view)

  • Queen Room facing mountains and gardens

  • Deluxe Queen Room

  • Twin Room

  • Family room (2 adults, 1 child)


  • On Site Restaurant / Bar / Lounge / Conference Facilities

  • Disabled Access Rooms

  • WiFi Internet

  • Children Play Area

  • Non-Smoking Rooms

  • Wheel Chair Access

  • Ensuite Rooms

  • Rollaway bed $40 extra for an adult, $20 extra for a child (In Deluxe Queen, Twin or Family rooms) on request

Click on the Book Online button to view rates and availability.


The Motor Home and Caravan Park with brand great facilities is an awesome low cost alternative. Camp sites available for $20 per night (Powered and Non-powered).

We have shower and toilet facilities located by the restaurant for those in motorhomes. 



  • Water available

  • Showers have a charge of $4.00

  • Restaurant with large open fire and Bar facilities

  • Pet Friendly (See Policies)

  • Self-contained campervans ONLY

Function Facilities


A unique setting for weddings, special events and exceptional conferences - in your own private stone cottage. Contact us for different options and packages available. The Donegal House team is here to cater to your individual needs and make your event a success. Find out more.


Donegal House Kaikōura - a venue with a difference.

Kaikoura Peninsula and mountains
Donegal House
Campervan Parking at Donegal House Kaikoura
Kaikoura Campervan Park Kaikoura
Donegal House lake & gardens

Accommodation Policies

Payment Policy
We may require credit card details to confirm booking. Payment will be automatically taken off card provided on the day of arrival.

Cancellation Policy
If you cancel your stay within 72 hours of arrival, or do not show up on your booked day of arrival, we reserve the right to charge you 100% of your stay.

Child Policy
Donegal House welcomes children. There are wonderful gardens and spaces to explore, but please make sure the kids are supervised at all times, especially around the lake and car park area.

Pet Policy

Donegal House campervan / caravan park is pet friendly. Well behaved pets are welcome and permitted to stay in our campervan / caravan park with their owners. Dogs must be under control and on a leash at all times. Animals are not permitted inside the restaurant & bar area or guest rooms. Please clean up after your dog, thanks.

Check In Policy
Check in from 2pm - 9pm daily. Please contact us if you arrive outside these times.

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