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Fish Tank Lodge Reviews

86 West End, Kaikoura, New Zealand

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589 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 81%Facilities

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Amazingly comfortable beds- big solid wood bunk beds with real thick mattresses. No swaying metal frames and uncomfy thin mattresses here! Good location on main road, balcony only gets sun in afternoon not evening. If you want a higher view over the sea, choose a hostel on the hill behind. No lockers, good enough kitchen, very clean washrooms and big lounge.


Nice staff. Great location. Well stocked kitchen. Free wifi was a bit slow and the showers and rooms were a bit dirty, but totally tolerable.


I really enjoyed my stay at this hostel! When checking in the lady was friendly, in a genuine and unforced way, which I really liked. The atmosphere was also really homely and relaxed which I enjoyed. The location is perfect - the Intercity coach stops right outside and it is also opposite Kaikoura beach! The beds were ridiculously comfy! Never been in a hostel with such a good mattress. Overall think this is a awesome place to stay!


Great location and helpful staff. Will era again when I return to the area.

  • 29th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


I would absolutely recommend this place! The location is perfect and the staff was accommodating and wonderful! Can't say enough great things!

  • 25th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Excellent hostel, no regrets about staying here.


Nothing terribly wrong with this hostel but also nothing special about it. The kitchen and chill out room are spacious but could both do with a good clean! Rooms are ok....there was 2 of us in a 3 bed room, glad there was nobody else as it was tight with all our stuff as there are no lockers. Close enough to the shops and cafes etc


Staff not unfriendly but soso, people who clean may be doing it for free accomodation at strange hours and dont do it really good. Its not a bad place to stay. The locatipn is perfect if you take a bus


This was my first time staying in a hostel dorm and it was a great experience. Fish tank had a perfect location and a really nice chilled, friendly atmosphere. Nice lounge and the kitchen was really clean and had free tea and coffee which was great. Incredibly comfortable beds too!

  • 6th Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Scotland
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)

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