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Dolphin Lodge Backpackers

15 Deal Street, Kaikoura 7300 New Zealand
Prices are provided by our partners for one room, with variable occupancy rules as provided by the property, and reflect total costs of the stay, including all taxes and fees known to our partners. Please see our partners for more details.
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#9 of 43 Speciality lodging in Kaikoura
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.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot bath
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
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Non-smoking rooms
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GaryandLesleyTravel wrote a review Oct 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand4920 contributions394 helpful votes
Choosing where to sleep in Kaikoura can by challenging, if you want to be close to the peninsula walk you need to be at the southern end, if you want to be close to the supermarket you need to be at the northern end but if you want to be close to the main restaurants, bars, the railway station and Whale Watch you need to be in the middle which is exactly where the Dolphin lodge puts you. The lodge is cheap and simple, doesn’t pretend to be anything it’s not. The shared space and kitchen were fine, no TV ??. We had the double en-suite room which was small but adequate. The lodge had a nice outside lawn area to enjoy the sun shine and some off street parking.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
SleeplessinSD wrote a review Nov 2019
San Diego, California330 contributions200 helpful votes
We booked a private room with an en-suite bathroom, but we had to walk through the bathroom to get to the very small room. On the plus side, everything seemed very clean, the bed was comfortable, and the location is pretty central. We stayed only one night and didn’t take advantage of the kitchen facilities; maybe we would have felt more impressed if that had been different.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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BevanjP wrote a review Nov 2019
Christchurch, New Zealand91 contributions16 helpful votes
Easy to find, very homely accomodation. It has spacious dorms, useful kitchen and library, great decking with views i have tried to show in my photo. The place suited me, being an "over 60s" traveller. Helpful staff, clean and tidy. Bonus is a real Kiwi backyard, with gardens, fruit trees and a spa(which i did not use so will not comment.).
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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sophie_jayne1 wrote a review Nov 2019
Warrington, United Kingdom4 contributions2 helpful votes
Stayed in Dolphin Lodge for 1 night it was good for the price we paid. Comfy beds, kitchen was clean and showers were good although we had no hot water on the morning we were leaving! Only downside was that we had a double private room which was right next to the communal living/kitchen area and there were some guests who decided to talk loudly on the phone until late when we were trying to sleep. But overall not a bad stay.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Kyle VanMeter wrote a review Oct 2019
13 contributions6 helpful votes
If you are looking for a quiet place to stay, look elsewhere. The hostel itself is well maintained. It is in a perfect location to walk downtown, has a fully stocked kitchen and even a free hot tub which is an added bonus. We stayed in a private suite (sharing a wall with the kitchen) which meant we didn’t get any sleep. People were up talking in the lounge really late and then someone started making breakfast before 5am. While I have stayed at many hostels, all with their own quirks, the thin walls, elevated floors (every step echos) and location of common spaces made this one impossible to get any sleep.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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US$51 - US$54 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionKaikoura
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Frequently Asked Questions about Dolphin Lodge Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Dolphin Lodge Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway (0.1 km), Kaikoura Museum (0.1 km), and Kaikoura Cheese (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Dolphin Lodge Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a hot tub.
Is parking available at Dolphin Lodge Backpackers?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Dolphin Lodge Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Zephyr Restaurant, Poppy's Handmade Ice Cream Parlour & Cafe, and Coopers Catch Kaikoura.
Is Dolphin Lodge Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Kaikoura.
Are there any historical sites close to Dolphin Lodge Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fyffe House (2.4 km).