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Curitiba, PR
Reviewed 9 March 2015

It's a very huge hotel, very simple and affordable. As the many other in New Zealand you can cook, they have three big kitchens and a lot of bedrooms and bathrooms. it's quiet and near of the supermarket.

Thank Tatiane152
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 6 March 2015

I stayed for two nights in the Dusky room located at the front right of the building on the first floor, views of the mountains and the sea. Clean and tidy room with en-suite, television and tea coffee making facilities. Spa, swimming pool and sauna. The great thing with this establishment as a solo traveller is the common areas where...

Thank fab992014
St Neots, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 March 2015 via mobile

$70 for a private room double with en suite. Amazed with the facility, lucky for us it was hot hot hot so got to use the amazing outdoor space, deck, hot tub and nice warm swimming pool! Loved it wish we could of stayed longer. Short walk to the main town 10-15mins. (2min drive).

Thank neilfrancis21
Woodbourne, New York
Reviewed 1 March 2015 via mobile

This is a large, clean and well maintained lodge on the main highway about ½ km to the center of town. While it isn't a magical little hideaway in the woods it does have three kitchens, several lounges and pool with patio area. The staff are friendly and helpful and the price is fair.

Thank bmagargal
Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand
Reviewed 25 February 2015

We only stayed one night at this place, but it was a good night. The double room ensuite was nice and tidy (however a frame or some character could have been added). The bed very comfortable, we slept like a baby. The only minus we could add was the toilet paper hadn't been filled up and no bin bag/bin not...

Thank CopperbeechBlenheim
Reviewed 14 February 2015

Seriously the worst mattress I've slept on since college backpacking in Central America. Otherwise, everything was ok for the price. But it was such a bad night's sleep, I wish we had just camped instead. Maybe it was just the mattress in our room??

Thank alibrygotta
Reviewed 9 February 2015 via mobile

I stayed here with my boyfriend for one night while traveling on South Island, we had a private en suite room. For a backpackers hostel it's absolutely fine! The only issues were that the shower was a bit wild so everything gets wet, and general cleanliness was dubious. We didn't use the pool/hot tub, but based on cleanliness were slightly...

Thank Alie R
Biel, Switzerland
Reviewed 31 January 2015

The staff is friendly. The hostel is spacious. You have a pool and a spa, not really clean but OK The big advantage of this hostel is the living room and the balcony who is big and great to meet new peoples. Kitchen....ok :/

Thank Joris B
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 January 2015

The hostel is so nice and really well looked after, the rooms and bed that I stayed in were really comfy. Also the pool is really nice, though need a towel to lie on if you want to sunbathe as the floor is the only option. Downside, the atmosphere was pretty rubbish. There wasn't a main common area, so hard...

Thank Nikki J
Reviewed 20 January 2015 via mobile

The beds are clean and the bathrooms are clean for a hostel which can serve over one hundred of guests. Only the kitchens (they got three of them) are a little bit messy and you look in vain for a sharp knife or even a cooking knife. The pool is a little bit too warm, but the ocean is not...

Thank Kasper V

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  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the 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 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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Dusky Lodge & Backpackers

Address: 67 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Price Range: €34 - €44 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Dusky Lodge & Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 36
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“No groundfloor room in the back!”
 of 5 bubbles erikdefotograaf, 19 Feb 2017 | Read review
“do not get the indoor facing rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles chchchr15, 29 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room away from the road”
 of 5 bubbles VascoItaly, 14 Feb 2016 | Read review
“go to the lodge across the street”
 of 5 bubbles sailawade, 26 Dec 2015 | Read review
“There are loads of cheap backpackers here try somewhere else.”
 of 5 bubbles 76jaynew, 16 Mar 2015 | Read review
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