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Fish Tank Lodge Reviews

86 West End, Kaikoura, New Zealand

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457 Total Reviews
  • 80%Value For Money
  • 83%Security
  • 96%Location
  • 87%Staff
  • 80%Atmosphere
  • 83%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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Great location, friendly staff and nice hostel.


it was said to be special, even "high standard" but in reality = disappointingly basic and rooms too crampy = no luggage storage.

  • 9th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


The staff here are great but that's about it. The place is kept clean but the rooms and facilities leave a lot to be desired.

  • 8th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Main guy was really helpful and friendly.. the volunteers/helper/staff who stayed at the hostel were rude and probably the most untidy.. seem more bothered with selling chocolate fondant and lazing on the sofa than keeping the place tidy.. one guy was going round organising BBQs every other night, and making a tidy profit... the other hostel guests were kind enough to help drink my milk which is nice of them as the supermarket isnt that nearby..

  • 7th Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


I can´t recommend this hostel. The bathrooms need at least one good cleaning and the dorm we stayed in was smelly and cramped as there was no real window. Some members of the staff were drunken and too noisy in the night.


It truly is the best hostel on the South Island! There's hardly anything to critisize actually! Super nice staff, very comfortable beds, free unlimited WIFI, well-equipped kitchen and absolutely clean facilities :-) from staff organisied BBQs make you feel welcome in this amazing Hostel! Enjoyed my second stay as much as my first :-) Keep on Holding this standard! Thumbs up!

  • 1st Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


A good hostel that many will be happy with. For those who cooked, the kitchen is on the small side and would likely be packed during 'peak' hours.


There had been a flooded room and so we got moved into a six bed dorm instead of a four which wouldn't have bothered me if they had have communicated this with us. A little dirty but overall not too bad.

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