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Dusky Lodge & Backpackers

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  • Excellent22%
  • Very good35%
  • Average20%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible16%
Travellers talk about
“hot tub”(18 reviews)
“double ensuite”(6 reviews)
“big kitchens”(3 reviews)
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What's included
Free Wifi
Free Parking
Pool
Non-Smoking Hotel
Laundry Service
Self-Serve Laundry
Breakfast included
Restaurant
Room Service
Suites
Fitness centre
Kitchenette
2 Star Hotel
Dusky Lodge & Backpackers is situated on Beach road, Kaikoura. We are the largest hostel in Kaikoura catering for groups and budget travellers. We offer a clean homely environment with bunk rooms, doubles, twins, ensuite rooms and heating in all rooms. All bed linen and pillows are...
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Location and contact
67 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
13 restaurants are within a 0.5 km radius
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All reviewshot tubdouble ensuitebig kitchensfree and fast wifisnowy mountainsown bathroomgreat facilitiesvisiting kaikourawould definitely stay here againwell equipped kitchenclose to townwhale watchingspalodgebbqearthquake
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

The entire place is not very clean, no power socket for charging phone. Only 1 wall plug in the room for 6 beds. The bed is making alot of noise from the spring, very uncomfortable. The kitchen, waiting area, furniture is very old n tired....More

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Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

The good points: The room was spacious and clean, the pool and hot tub looked fantastic (but we didn’t use them) lots of parking and the staff were very helpful and friendly. The not so good bits: the room was tired and damaged in places....More

Thank Daniel C
Response from clairenasso48, Manager at Dusky Lodge & BackpackersResponded 7 March 2018

Were glad you enjoyed our facilities. We are doing an upgrade this year to fix all the earthquake damage. We hope you enjoy the rest of your trip.

Reviewed 22 February 2018

It is very hard to get accom in Kaikoura at the moment due to long term workers living in Kaikoura fixing up the roads, so you cant be too picky. But, disappointing stay here, room not properly clean, tv with only 2 channels, cheap, uncomfortable...More

Thank 173louise
Response from clairenasso48, Manager at Dusky Lodge & BackpackersResponded 7 March 2018

Apologies you did not enjoy your stay with us. I will look into the Television. We hope you enjoy your travels.

Reviewed 14 February 2018

Don't stay at this hostel! After (not having slept for) a few hours (I stayed from 10 pm till 5 am) I had 100 bumps because of bedbugs. I sent an email to tell them and they answered that I should have said it when...More

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Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

This hostel is quite large, with lots of comm spaces. For the rest: not enough bathrooms for the size of the building, the wifi was not working at all except in the morning when nobody was in the hostel and the kitchen was really dirty,...More

Thank Pauline N
Response from clairenasso48, Manager at Dusky Lodge & BackpackersResponded 7 March 2018

Apologies you did not enjoy your stay, we have the best internet available in Kaikoura, fingers crossed for fibre soon.

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Dusky Lodge & Backpackers is situated on Beach road, Kaikoura. We are the largest hostel in Kaikoura catering for groups and budget travellers. We offer a clean homely environment with bunk rooms, doubles, ...More twins, ensuite rooms and heating in all rooms. All bed linen and pillows are provided. There are 3 large kitchen's fully equipped as well as BBQ's on the decks free to use. We have a large heated salt water pool, spa and sauna to enjoy while staying with us. Guest computers are available and the wifi can be used throughout the building. The hostel is only 5 minute walk to the town centre, and across the road from Whale Watchers. The best bakery in town is situated right beside us and grocery stores only minutes away. The intercity bus can drop you off outside the hostel, ask the driver when you start your journey. We have plenty of parking space and it's free to use. Luggage storage short term is available, if needed ask at reception. Dusky Lodge & Backpackers is a great place to relax, unwind and take in the great views and spectacular sunsets from our extensive decks. Our friendly team can help book tours or give you advice on what to do while you are with us. We hope to see you soon. Less
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Pool
Free Parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot Tub
Laundry Service
Non-Smoking Hotel
Self-Serve Laundry
Beachfront
Room Service
Restaurant
Bar/Lounge
Spa
Breakfast included
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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"Ensuite's are amazing!"
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