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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card 2 weeks prior to arrival. 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.

Cancellation / No Show & Reduction in Numbers Policy

No refunds will be given if cancelled within 7 days of arrival.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party 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

Book more than 2 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Great Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Awesome 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 kitchens fully equipped as well as BBQs on the decks free to use.

Our spa and swimming-pool is open throughout summer, during winter only the spa operates.

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

We have plenty of parking space ands 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 7.4

  • Security 8.3

  • Location 7.7

  • Staff 8.3

  • Atmosphere 7.1

  • Cleanliness 7.4

  • Facilities 8.0

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    24 Jun 2022
    Yes the facilities were good great view clean and warm room . The Staffa re really friendly would highly recommend
    New Zealand, Female, 41+
  • 10.0


    14 Aug 2021
    This was our first stop on our holiday and a great way to start it! Crazy lovely staff, clean rooms and bathrooms, plus great water pressure in the shower which is always a plus. Great vibes overall. Kitchen and lounge was really nice, clean, and cosy, and featured a stunning view to have your breakfast with! Would happily stay here again.
    New Zealand, Couple, 25-30
  • 10.0


    10 Aug 2021
    Loved this hostel, staff were really friendly, well located and nice spa.
    New Zealand, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    04 Apr 2021
    Brazil, Male, 31-40
  • 9.7


    06 Jan 2022
    Nice place, friendly staff. Need to sort the showers out though, they're like a fire hose. Such a waste of water! Need option to adjust water flow rate.
    Scotland, Male, 25-30
  • 9.4


    07 Jan 2022
    I wish i had more time to spend at Dusky. Overall a nice stay.
    New Zealand, Male, 31-40
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    03 Jun 2022
    Was a bit annoyed that the Spa was broken and has apparently been broken for a while, so I feel there's a bit of false advertising there. Also the zip was broken too. So I can see a bit of a pattern here. But at least it was nice and warm inside, even if it didn't have everything it advertises
    New Zealand, Male, 41+
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    29 May 2021
    Nice stay
    Italy, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 6.9


    24 Jul 2022
    Dusky lodge was quiet, cleaned periodically, but wifi was spotty. Overall, was sufficient, nothing to write home about.
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 5.7


    11 Jun 2022
    I've traveled alot of places in the world and in NZ too yet I've rarely encountered such a dirty, sickly smelly hostel room. Granted I was only there one day/night so I didn't have the time to check out the rest of the place (pool, game room, patio deck, etc). But the sleeping rooms and showers were, put mildly: dirty, nasty, kinda' nausea inducing. It's clearly a converted hotel & not remod'd very well, colorful grade school style paintings aside. Kitchens are very run down, old, dirty.
    USA, Male, 41+
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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