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Fish Tank Lodge Reviews

86 West End, Kaikoura, New Zealand

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583 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 78%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 85%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 81%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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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)


I was in a 3 beds room shared. The room was so small that to open the suitcase, I had to bring it outside of the room. Room and toilet were not very clean. Very good location and for those travelling with InterCity or Naked Buses, the stop is just in front of the Hostel.


Hostel a bit tatty, but generally clean. Need more than 1 washing machine. Had tiny 3 bed room - not enough space for luggage, also thin walls, noisy plumbing and smell of damp. But comfy bed, staff very friendly and excellent location, bus stop right outside. For the price could find better.


We booked a double room and got the smallest room ever. We some how managed to store our laguage. Furniture was a little outdated. But we've seen a lovely sunrise...lying in our bed.


Awesome stay but not really good for smokers as you are not allowed on the balcony you have to go downstairs out and away from lodge so very good for non smokers, the dorm rooms are old and dark but worth your money. And no alcohol lodge but sweet as its right in town and nice pubs around area. Good location and everything you need, nice kitchen and well organised.

  • 2nd Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


I had a great stay at the hostel. Lovely place in the city next to the beach. Free internet which works well. Amazing.


The hostel was so friendly, a great place to meet other travellers in the large communal area, perfect location and generally clean. The rooms were slightly small but no problem as was out most of the day. Facilities were pretty good and even had a bbq guests could use. The i site was opposite and all buses (stray, kiwi, intercity, naked etc) all pick up and drop off outside the hostel. Would stay here again and would recommend to others. Thanks for having me:)


Great place to stay. Friendly staff. Great cat that was drinking the water out of the fish tank at the front counter - seemingly oblivious to the goldfish swimming around in it :)


Free unlimited wifi. But tiny three bed dorm: barely enough space to put bags on the floor. Kitchen not particularly clean, loads of flies.


Nice place with unlimited free wifi. The building is a little dated but has a lot of charmed. Hostel is located in the middle of town near all the shops, bars, and restaurant. The beach is literally across the street.

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