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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


Dusky Lodge & Backpackers

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  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Dusky Lodge & Backpackers is Kaikoura’s largest hostel welcoming budget travelers, adventurers and groups. We have a main complex at 67 Beach Road with bedrooms, salt water heated pool and fresh water spa and then two smaller buildings across the street at 74 Beach Road with more accommodation. We offer a clean homely environment with bunk rooms, doubles, twins, triples, en-suite and family rooms with heaters in all rooms. Bed linen and pillows are provided. We have 3 large kitchen’s fully equipped as well as BBQ’s on the decks free to use.

Unfortunately our spa and swimming-pol are closed until further notice. Apologies for the inconvenience.

The hostel is only 10 minute walk to the town centre, and across the road from Whale Watchers. The best bakery in town is situated right beside us and grocery stores only minutes away.

We have plenty of parking space and it’s free to use. Luggage storage short term is available, if needed ask at reception.

Dusky Lodge & Backpackers is a great place to relax, unwind and take in the great views and spectacular sunsets from our extensive decks. Our friendly team can help book tours or give you advice on what to do while you are with us. We hope to see you soon!

Children of all ages welcome if accompanied by adults, each child needs it's own bed and the whole room needs to be booked for private use.

Please let us know in a separate e-mail if arriving after 7pm. We would be happy to arrange a let check in. Cheers! View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.7

  • Security 8.8

  • Location 8.6

  • Staff 8.8

  • Atmosphere 8.4

  • Cleanliness 8.6

  • Facilities 8.5

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    30 Dec 2020
    Great stay at a well kitted-out hostel. Plenty of room in the 3 kitchens for meal prep. Could sit outside on deck for meals - though a few more tables would be good. We had a family room with ensuite. Beds were comfy - had a great sleep. Staff were rwally helpful and welcoming- makes a huge difference to feel welcomed : ) Teens in love with George the lab.
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    22 Mar 2020
    Small, clean and with very comfy sofas. I would certainly recommend it.
    Scotland, Female, 41+
  • 9.7


    02 Jan 2021
    Awesome hostel, felt I got more than what I expected from a very reasonable price! Spacious rooms, corridors and lots of hangout spaces in & outdoors. Kitchen is big and open, I liked that, and Especially appreciated a beautiful mural painting on one of the walls. The staff here are awesome and super friendly, they have time for you, I was so happy to find this gem on my way through Kaikora! A place you must stay, I'll certainly be back in the near future! Thanks team, happy New year!
    New Zealand, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    04 Sep 2020
    I absolutely loved my stay at the Dusky Lodge. Everyone was so helpful and kind there! Even though it is roughly a 10-15 mins. walk to get into the city center, I would always come back because I absolutely loved the set up, the view, the facilites and the staff! I might come back in summer when they have opened a new mexican café and reopened the pool and spa area. Due to Level 2 restrictions they were not open but that is obviously out of their controle.
    Germany, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    30 Sep 2020
    This hostel had everything I needed for my short stay. The check in and check out process was very easy and the staff I interacted with were very nice. The only thing that I would have changed would have been an option to have a female only dorm. As a lone female traveler on this trip it would have been an option I would have been more comfortable with, not a big deal but something that would have made my trip more comfortable.
    Canada, Female, 31-40
  • 8.6


    05 Jul 2020
    Nice hostel with an average NZ price. Walking distance to town and supermarket plus an amazing view on the mountains. We were there in winter but they also have a pool in the summer. Nice kitchen area with big table and couches. Showers are a bit small and don't have any place to put your things beside one hook at the door. Toilets could be wiped once or twice more through out the day.
    Germany, Female, 25-30
  • 8.6


    13 Jun 2020
    Good little place to stay. Staff very friendly and helpful. Spaces were clean and tidy. Was a bit cold and heaters didn’t do much to help. But overall good clean stay
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    22 Oct 2020
    Ok for a night.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    21 May 2020
    I stayed for 2 nights just after lockdown so had a dorm to myself. An envelope left on reception for late arrivals didn't feel like the safest way to do it, but it was fine. I can see it would have a great atmosphere during the summer with the pool and hot tub, but Kaikoura was very empty at the time with the lack of tourists. The room was quite cold and the heater not very effective and there was only one plug in the dorm room with 6 beds. They had added an extension cable though.
    England, Mixed Group, 25-30
  • 5.4


    17 Mar 2020
    There was an “emergency number” left in the desk, we assumed that it was for serious issues involving injuries, theft, etc. We arrived with no sheets on the beds and damp towels hanging from the wall. Reception was closed before we could ask for help, and was met by an unapologetically and blameful response the next morning by the staff for not calling the “emergency number”.
    Canada, Couple, 18-24
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • BBQ
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hot Showers
  • Jobs Board
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Internet Access
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Wi-Fi