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Dolphin Lodge Backpackers Reviews

15 Deal Street, Kaikoura, Kaikoura, New Zealand

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

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A beautiful hostel small and very homely with a lovely chilled atmosphere. The dorm rooms are very big and spacious. The staff were so lovely and helpful and really mingled with guests. Kitchen is big and clean and I love the fact the table to eat at everyone sits around it and mixes. So close to the Main Street in Kaikoura literally 2minutes!free parking and great wifi...I love blue aswel she was so cute and friendly. Really was a brilliant hostel!


A perfect place with a fantastic view, close to all the activities and a great sunset! Can recommend it, big kitchen and a verry social place to meet people!


Good little place to chill out in. Very friendly staff. Good location in Kaikoura.


Best hostel on the planet.


Vers clean and nice room. But for some reason there was no trashcan in the room! Further, we had booked a 4bed shared dorm, but was placed in a 6bed. It didn't bothere us, but it wasn't explained or mentioned ar check in. Very nice sitting area outside. Nice clean kitchen and bathrooms!


Very little but a aweson hostel. Friendly staff and a bautiful garden with wirepool.

  • 21st Dec 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Spa is really cool - really relaxed vibe.


An all round good hostel. Good location with lovely sea views. Hot pool is fab too. Nice big kitchen. Clean rooms.


The owner Helen is great, and definitely ask her about going out as she's got some great ideas! Room was neither here nor there and it's a very quiet hostel, but the hot tub was cool!


Such a nice place!!! Quiet, peacefull, welcolm... and what a view! I'm miss it already!



  • 21st Oct 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 41+
  • (1 review)


Very peaceful setting at Dolphin Lodge. Right above the main street and really the perfect location to be in Kaikoura.


A lovely stay, with clean tidy rooms at an affordable price. Wonderful helpful service, thank you.

  • 20th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)

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