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Albatross Backpacker Inn Reviews

1 Torquay St, Kaikoura, New Zealand

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266 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 88%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 95%Atmosphere
  • 92%Cleanliness
  • 93%Facilities

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What a wonderful stay in a personable and friendly hostel! Rooms very cold at night though!

  • 7th Oct 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Mixed Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


I loved staying at The Albatross!! Favourite hostel in New Zealand so far - got upgraded to a private double at no extra cost and all the people who were working at The Albatross were really helpful and it had a really fun community feel to it. Free tea and coffee and hot chocolate was great! Can't wait to come back!

  • 8th Sep 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The security of this place is 0. We came to check in early, but no one was there until 3:30pm. We had to pee so we decided to go in the lounge were you check in. The bathroom was out of order so we went to the next building with all the rooms. All the doors and windows were open. We went right in and peed and left. The place reeked of pot. The website describes the bathrooms as funky, but they're really just gross. The faucets were so gooy and dirty that we had to use toilet paper to touch them.


Great hostel. Got upgraded to private room when we arrived. Really cost common room with stove fire. Good kitchen and bathroom facilities. Really friendly staff who even shared some birthday cake with us. Overall really good hostel.


Lovely little hostel with very friendly staff


Upgraded to a twin private room at no extra charge! Nice cosy place with a great atmosphere despite it being low peak season!


This is the best hostel I have had the pleasure of staying at in New Zealand! Fantastic atmosphere, the staff are really friendly and the hostel is homely, clean, well decorated and full of music and life. I had the best three nights here and didn't want to leave. Great location, minutes from the sea, 5 minutes from the town and round the corner from the dolphin encounters. Wifi isn't free but does not matter as such a great hostel! Staying here is a must for ALL visitors to Kaikoura!!


Great hostel and the best one we've stayed in in New Zealand. Our room was comfortable and clean, as were all the facilities. The kitchen is really nice and has everything you could possibly need. Staff were really friendly and helpful. The place had a really nice feel to it and we felt at home. Only downside was having to pay for internet but apart from that it was prefect. A lot of thought and money has been put in to this hostel to make sure guests have the best experience there possible.


Quirky little hostel with a great atmosphere. If you are a bit of a musician and miss playing instruments, stop in here and have a strum of a guitar, ukelele and many others. Definitely a place I would go back to!


Great arty hostel, really friendly people, a great town to go to, incredible local cliff top walk. Full of music lovers! Not bring musical myself I thought this would be a problem but was not. It was quiet at night and good facilities. Had to pay for wifi but good price and good service. The only thing I did not like was the polyester sheet. Static was annoying but otherwise great stay. Would definitely recommend it.

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