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Dolphin Lodge Backpackers

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  • 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.
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Free Parking
Public Wifi
Hot Tub
Self-Serve Laundry
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Non-Smoking Hotel
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Non-Smoking Rooms
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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.

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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
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"all seemed nice"
16 Nov 2016
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"Has tokens for wifi"
5 Mar 2016
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"We had a double room with a garden view, but you could also see the sea"
11 Nov 2015
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"Not many rooms, so its small and warm. The 4 beds shared room is really nice."
16 Nov 2014
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US$19 - US$62 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
New ZealandSouth IslandCanterbury RegionKaikoura
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