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Dusky Lodge & Backpackers

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698 Total Reviews
Wonderful Location
Superb Staff
Excellent Cleanliness

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!

Reviews & Ratings

698 Total Reviews
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Mar 11, 2023
Did the job, had a big kitchen and the pool looked good although I didn't use it. The location is about 10 mins walk from the centre of town, bus stop and train station. Mattress and bedding was comfortable. I realised at 06:00 in the morning that I didn't have a towel - it looked like they were available but I hadn't been offered one at check-in, and forgot to ask - no-one was on reception at that time so one to remember when you arrive if you need one.
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Female, 31-40
Very Good
Mar 06, 2023
Location is good. A lil far from the intercity bus station. especially when you've got heavy luggage. But the surrounding is beautiful. you can witness some really beautiful sunsets from the balcony *-* only downside the kitchen was a absolut mess during my stay. a friend of mine told me it wasn't that messy as he stayed there... sooo yeah idk. maybe i was just unlucky
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Female, 18-24
Mar 03, 2023
Best hostel ever! 3 kitchens...the 10 bed room, has lots of space, the shower hose does need repairing in the penguin room. There is a great pool, Cafe, hot tub, picnic tables, deck, lounge and bean bag chairs, BBQ. No laundry though, and the laundromat is $10. The atmosphere was friendly and inviting, loved my time there. The wall murals are great too.
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Female, 31-40


  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free Parking
    • Free City Maps
    • Free WiFi
  • General

    • Security Lockers
    • Swimming Pool
    • Common Room
    • BBQ
    • Book Exchange
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Fridge/Freezer
    • Cable TV
    • Outdoor Terrace
    • Jobs Board
    • Parking
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Towels for hire
    • Luggage Storage
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • Reception (limited hours)
  • Food & Drink

    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Entertainment

    • Wi-Fi