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Fish Tank Lodge

04/06/2017 05/06/2017
1 room 2 adults 0 children
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 11 February 2014

Had a very pleasant stay. The hostel seems very new and therefore rooms & bath are pleasant & clean. Staff is very friendly and provides helpful information about the whale/dolphin/seal trips. Free wifi, also in the rooms. Kitchen, lounge, and sundeck are a nice & spacious.

1Thank Sabine Z
Reviewed 10 February 2014 via mobile

I normally only book BBH or YHA hostels as they normally come with a guarantee of a good place to stay. But this was a very busy few days for Kaikoura and everything was full, so went with the Fish Tank following the review in the Lonely Planet. It needed to be good as it rained the whole time I...

Thank Lee H
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Reviewed 8 February 2014

I can't find enough good things to stay about this place. Craig, one of the owners, checked myself and a few others in. His patience, good humour and clear explanations were helpful and I felt right at home immediately. Amazing location - directly across from the bus-stop, in the centre of town, 7 min walk from the Whalewatch. The lounge...

1Thank Triona M
New York, NY
Reviewed 20 January 2014 via mobile

Stopped there on my trip in the South Island, after visiting many hostels. Booked this after reading the good reviews and was a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong, the place was fine, just not more than average. The kitchen was decent, not a lot of seating there, and only 1 sink and 1 stove (with 4 flames). The lounge...

Thank chibban
Voecklabruck, Austria
Reviewed 19 January 2014 via mobile

This hostel is located just next to the bus stop of Intercity/Naked Bus and to the i-Site. The owners and the staff in general are very nice and helpful. The vibe and atmosphere is very good and especially the lounge is soooo nice with an amazing view!! The beds are very comfy and all facilities are kept very clean as...

1Thank NadineM_88
Leeds, England
Reviewed 13 January 2014

This hostel is great with really helpful, friendly staff! Fantastic location right in the centre of town with amazing views over the sea. The hostel has a big, well equipped kitchen; comfy living area & outside deck with BBQ. Rooms are nice, clean and modern. The best thing about this hostel though was the WiFi. It's the only place I've...

Thank Vikzstar
Wellington, New Zealand
Reviewed 4 January 2014

We stayed here as a family for a night over the christmas period. The hostel is great and has everything you could want we had sole occupancy of a four bunk room. It was very clean and the owners were very very helpful. The kitchen was well equipped and there was free tea and coffee available. On our check out...

Thank Moonie2011
Paris, France
Reviewed 2 January 2014

This hostel does it all really good: great and friendly staff, very nice communal areas, large and clean kitchen, comfy beds, several bathrooms, excellent central location, and all this for a great price! In addition, there are very good house rules which include no alcohol on the premises after 22h00 (or maybe 22h30 I cannot remember the exact time) and...

1Thank InekeParis
Reviewed 4 December 2013

This was one of those places where you arrive and just like it right away. The staff is cleaning all the time so it's superclean, nice and simple dorms and a kitchen in the right size for the hostel. The best part was the lounge with many sofas, a table for dinner, lots of dvds and some games. Spent much...

2Thank Saraling
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewed 7 November 2013

First choice if you are taking an intercity bus to Kaikoura. The bus stops just at the doorstep. Good location in the main street of Kaikoura. The owner and the staff there are all helpful and friendly.

2Thank OrangHijau

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located in the heart of Kaikoura with uninterrupted views of the ocean and mountains is the cosy Fish Tank Lodge. Beds are seriously comfortable with crisp clean linen already made up for you and the national buses stop right outside the front door. The kitchen is fully equipped and the lounge warm and cosy with some awesome artwork which is a must see! Feel right at home here with free tea and coffee and a warm kiwi welcome to Kaikoura. ... more   less 

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Address: 86 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Number of rooms: 10
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“If you don't mind to spend more but rather have more quietness, the private en-suite on first floor might be better.”
automidori, 6 Jan 2016 | Read review
“I did the deep sea fishing trip. Was great pulling up the baskets and then cooking one for dinner that night. Doesn't get any more fresh 😊”
ptwanderer123, 5 Feb 2015 | Read review
“We stayed in a 3-bed dorm on the ground floor for $60 per night in early January. Linens were clean and comfortable. Because the room was beside two bathrooms so it was quite humid and noisy, especially at night. The double room beside it looks like a much better choice (with its won bathroom)”
RataNtree, 11 Jan 2015 | Read review
“For 5$ extra get double room. More space more privacy”
Grillettinaa, 5 Aug 2014 | Read review
“I think the 3-bed dorm gives a possibility of a single bed, which I myself prefer. Otherwise the rooms do not really have views, but the lounge does, a nice one.”
boxfishlover, 17 Feb 2014 | Read review
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