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Dusky Lodge Reviews

67 Beach Rd, Kaikoura, New Zealand

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72 Total Reviews
  • 83%Value For Money
  • 81%Security
  • 74%Location
  • 84%Staff
  • 73%Atmosphere
  • 79%Cleanliness
  • 82%Facilities

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Nice place to stay. Massive kitchens and lounge rooms. Great value for money, would definatley reccomend to anyone passing through


It was raining like hell when we arrived, but this didn't change anything about the hostel being a very nice place to stay at. It is not too crowded, the room (3 bed private) and bathroom were clean and well equipped (TV and a tea/coffee corner), the guy that checked us in was very friendly and helpful and the only thing we were a bit sad about is that we could not use the pool and the hot tub, which were closed, probably because of the bad weather.


Noisy because the common areas are near the bedroom. Feel like it's not bright. The private bedroom is nice.

  • 15th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Thailand
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Lovely hostel with a really nice terrace. The staff we're really helpful and friendly. Only minor downside was there was only one plug in the room, and it was a little bit dark. But overall it was great!


This place has so much potential that it is a real shame to see how poorly maintained the building is. Kitchens are dirty, especially the fridges in which food is left to rot. The utensils are old and very few. Bathrooms and rooms are usually clean though. Many lights were not working in the building, resulting in people having to have dinner in the dark or candelight. Staff was aware of the problem but failed to fix it so it was left so for a few days. Swimming pool area a bonus.


Very helpful staff- private rooms were very comfortable. Would definitely stay again/recommend to others.

  • 2nd Jan 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Couple, 25-30
  • (1 review)


There was no warm water

  • 26th Dec 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Room and bathroom were dark dirty and smelly.


Good hostel close to everything in town. We had a double room upstairs which was very nice and also quiet. Nice place.


Got a free upgrade to a ensuite so can't complain about the staff. The room was clean and spacious. Three kitchens, which is good, but wasn't allways clean. The swimming pool and spa pool were great! Quite far from the tourist attractions but close to a supermarket. Managed to get free wifi from a telecom phone booth so can't comment on the hostels wifi.


Generally an all round great place to stay! Friendly and helpful staff, clean rooms, great views and the swimming pool and hot tugb give it something special - I would certainly recommend it!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi Rachel, Thank you for your kind words! We're really glad that you enjoyed your stay at Dusky Lodge! If you're ever in Kaikoura again, we would love to have you back. All the best, Chris Jones, Manager Dusky Lodge


The outdoor jacuzzi and the heated swimming pool were great!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Georgi, Thank you for your feedback! We're really glad that you enjoyed your stay at Dusky Lodge and that you enjoyed the spa and sauna! If you stop in Kaikoura again, we would love to have you back. All the best, Chris Jones Manager Dusky Lodge

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