We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Dolphin Lodge Backpackers

Traveller (41)
Room & Suite (7)
Traveller (41)
Room & Suite (7)
Dining (1)
{"scriptFlags":null,"containerAttributes":null,"containerClass":null,"widget":{"moduleList":["handlers"],"divClasses":"prw_rup prw_ibex_photo_carousel","js":{"handlers":"(ta.prwidgets.getjs(this,'handlers'))"},"dust":{"nav_controls":"ibex_photo_carousel__nav_controls"},"name":"ibex_photo_carousel","template":"ibex_photo_carousel__widget"}}
About
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
Dolphin Lodge is a small, friendly hostel only 3 minutes walk from the i-site, beach, cafes and restaurants. It is often refered to as a "home away from home". We have amazing sea and mountain views from the deck area and a hot tub to relax in after a long day exploring the wonders of beautiful Kaikoura. Accommodation options range from 4-6 bed dorm rooms to private en-suit rooms. All rooms are heated and there is a cozy log burner in the common room for colder days.
Read more
Property amenities
Free Parking
Public Wifi
Hot Tub
Self-Serve Laundry
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Non-Smoking Hotel
Room features
Non-Smoking Rooms
Good to know
HOTEL STYLE
Budget
Great View
HOTEL CLASS
Reviews (138)
Filter reviews
105 results
Traveller rating
51
39
12
1
2
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
51
39
12
1
2
Show reviews that mention
All reviews felt like home free wifi living room amazing views dolphin encounter hostel chats jacuzzi
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 5 of 105 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely place to stay in Kaikoura - it's super homely and cosy and Helen the owner is really welcoming and friendly. It's perfectly located with amazing views of the mountains, and all the facilities were great.

Thank NickP2340
Response from Helen B, Manager at Dolphin Lodge BackpackersResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Nick.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From the moment I entered this hostel, it felt like home. So welcoming, good chats and very helpful staff. The veranda is beautiful with amazing views and the living room is cozy:) and they have an jaccuzi, easy to meet people. Free calls to the...More

Thank Matty B
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

I stayed in a private room in the lodge (bathroom is shared) for two nights in September. Absolutely charming. Run with care and warm hospitality, immaculate, and the location is glorious. Highly recommended.

1  Thank Coastal817205
Reviewed 19 September 2018 via mobile

Fantastic place to stay in Kaikoura with views of the surrounding mountains and sea. It's a short walk into the centre. The place is lovely and clean and the staff are very friendly. The view from the deck outside is beautiful. Really enjoyed my stay...More

1  Thank Brizzexplorer
Reviewed 5 December 2016

My partner and I actually stayed in this hostel during the 2016 earthquake which hit Kaikoura pretty badly. We couldn't have been in a better place during this time. The hostel held up incredibly well and the owner Helen did the most wonderful job of...More

Thank LianeP51
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Dolphin Lodge Backpackers staff and past guests.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines
Room Tips
"all seemed nice"
8DaveS8
16 Nov 2016
Read review
"Has tokens for wifi"
jmm73
5 Mar 2016
Read review
"We had a double room with a garden view, but you could also see the sea"
BennettsAdventures
11 Nov 2015
Read review
"Not many rooms, so its small and warm. The 4 beds shared room is really nice."
YafPas
16 Nov 2014
Read review
Show More 
PRICE RANGE
US$19 - US$62 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionKaikoura
NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing