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Donegal House Irish Hotel: On-site restaurant


  • Award-winning family site with fantastic views of stunning Mount Fyffe
  • Top spot for seal watching, whale spotting and dolphin swims
  • A NZ taste of rural Irish hospitality, with Irish music and open fires

Among Ireland’s greatest exports are its people, its culture and the Irish bar – in New Zealand, thousands of kilometres away from the land of a thousand welcomes, Donegal House Irish Hotel (a family-friendly site five minutes’ drive from the South Island coastal town of Kaikoura) is ticking the boxes and serving up a taste of the Emerald Isle.

Donegal House is well placed for explorations of this part of Canterbury: head into the mountains along the Fyffe Palmer Mountain Track or the Ohau Stream Walkway and Waterfall, both within 25 minutes of the site, or follow the Kaikoura peninsula walk from the town centre to Point Kean's seal colony.

If you’d prefer less of a trek, you’re half an hour’s walk from five kilometres of shingle beach along the New Zealand coast, and there are some prime spots along the seafront for fishing and, further along the coast, surfing.

Once your tired little legs start crying out for a rest, head back to Donegal House for a (hopefully not limping) turn around the 2.4 hectares of lawns, gardens and lakes before turning your attention to your stomach – nab a table in the bar-restaurant for a slap-up meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner served), then put your feet up next to one of the open fires while you let the Irish music wash over you, sipping a drink of something warming. Sláinte!

Please note

A charge of NZ$4.00 (£2.08) applies for the use of the shower.

The restaurant is open between 01/01 and 31/12.

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away



Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport


Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year


Lake and/or mountain


Spectacular scenery


Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby



Large (51-200 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Surf school nearby


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  • 258 Schoolhouse Road, Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand, 7371
  • Timezone Pacific/Auckland +1200 (GMT+12:00)   GPS 42.3665°S 173.6572°E


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Local attractions

You won’t have to go far from Donegal House Irish Hotel to get a taste of life in this part of New Zealand: poke around the colonial cottage of Fyffe House, explore the Lavendyl Lavender Farm, visit the Kaikoura Museum for marine fossils and Maori artefacts, or tick off a stereotype with a visit to the Point Sheep Shearing Show.

Kaikoura is a must-visit for anyone who wants to get up close with the animals. Within 15 minutes’ drive of Donegal House, you can swim with seals and dolphins, try whale spotting (by boat or plane), go for a ride on a llama, and meet sharks and seahorses at the Kaikoura Marine Aquarium touch tank.

Have something more cinematic in mind? Tolkienites will have to undergo a trek not unlike Frodo’s to see the spectacular Lord of the Rings locations on the South Island, though the jaunts are certainly worth it. Start three and a half hours away in Nelson Tasman where you can visit the workshop of Jens Hansen, the designer behind the movies’ central piece of jewellery, then keep heading south through Takaka Hill (where Strider first helped the hobbits evade the Black Riders) and take a helicopter over Mount Olympus, Mount Owen and Mount Sunday, which also served as backdrops to the action.


Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  12:30 p.m. –  11 p.m.
Depart by:  11:30 a.m.

Please check in at the office or, if you’re arriving after hours, in the bar.

Donegal House Irish Hotel cancellation policy

Balance refunds: no penalties

Modifications are subject to a NZ$25.00 (£13.01) fee.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to and is non-refundable.


Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

The remainder is payable direct to Donegal House Irish Hotel on arrival.

Deposit transferable during COVID-19.

Payment methods accepted on the park


Terms and conditions

Site booking terms and conditions

  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
  • Does Donegal House Irish Hotel have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Donegal House Irish Hotel dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Donegal House Irish Hotel? You won’t have to go far from Donegal House Irish Hotel to get a taste of life in this part of New Zealand: poke around the colonial cottage of Fyffe House, explore … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Donegal House Irish Hotel?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  12:30 p.m. –  11 p.m.
    Depart by:  11:30 a.m.

    Please check in at the office or, if you’re arriving after hours, in the bar.

    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Donegal House Irish Hotel? From £10.33 (for 1 night, 8 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability


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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

Arrivals and departures
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Changes to your holiday
Modifications are subject to a NZ$25.00 (£13.01) fee.

A charge of NZ$4.00 (£2.08) applies for the use of the shower.
Motorbike(s) can be brought instead of the car(s) included.

The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.
The restaurant is open between 01/01 and 31/12.

Reception is open from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. between 01/01 and 31/12.

Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.