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900 reviews
106 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 367 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed for one night at the Dusky Lodge in a private twin room (bunk beds) but shared loos. The reception staff were very helpful (provided an extra pillow and even put the heater on for us in our bedroom as it was a cold night). We used the main kitchen (near to the reception area) which was a bit... More 

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2 reviews
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

My daughter stayed here previously and gave it a good rating. Alas this was not to be our experience at all as standards have dropped considerably... Dirty bathroom in need of up grading, the kitchen was a mess, cobwebs on the inside of our bedroom window, spa pool lukewarm at best! Will not be returning and certainly don't recommend!!

Thank lisatF8418GT
Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us and let us know your thoughts. I am sorry to hear the accommodation was not up to your standard compared to the previous visit which you did rate us so highly. We will be reviewing all that you have mentioned. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Currently staying at the backpackers and having a blast, really chill out the staff and other backpackers are great, a great stay for kaikoura! Close to the town and the hot tub is sweet. If I come back here on my travels I will stay here again, plus the wifi is really good.

Thank Martin W
Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review. More 

Helsinki, Finland
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18 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Stayed couple of nights in Dusky Lodge in a private double room. The rooms were ok, but Wifi didn't work. There was a sauna and spa pool, but neither was in use and we were really hoping to use them. Staff was helpfull and people in the common areas very nice.

Thank mindei
Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. So sorry about the spa it was broken but now up and running again. We do not have the sauna anymore and is not being advertised. Our wifi has been a bit patchy but we have now solved that issue with extra big routers. If you are ever back in Kaikoura I would like to offer... More 

London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2016

clean comfortable hostel in a good location with great views. Kaikoura is the sort of place where you want to stay longer and this is a good value hostel with plenty of extra features (fires, pool, hot tub, spacious communal areas) to allow you to do that....

Thank bpsophie2016
Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review, all the best with your trip. More 

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10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 September 2016

We booked a private double room, and the room was clean enough. Bed was terrible, very uncomfortable and squeaky and left us both with back aches. The shower head was terrible, with one direct stream of water and no temperature control. The common rooms were well furnished, but the staff were obnoxiously loud and rude, dominating the space and making... More 

Thank Jasmin P
Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Your review is very important to us, we do appreciate your thoughts, I am sorry you did you not enjoy your stay, plumber booked to fix the shower and we will look at the bed. All the best with the rest of your trip. More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We only stayed one night in this hostel, and didn't spend too much time there as we were out a lot, but it was a reasonable hostel. The double room was quite small and the window looked out onto a main road, but it was warm and the wifi was good. Bathrooms were standard hostel fare, nothing spectacular but not... More 

Thank efhap31
Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. More 

Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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97 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Stayed here for 1 night. Lots of WFAs and workers in this hostel but they are all very friendly and happy to chill out and chat with you. Hot tub is a nice addition Which I made use of. They are free tea and coffee and free wifi. My only concern is that is was rather far from town at... More 

Thank Vicky_212013
Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review, we will get some umbrellas for anyone that wants to walk into town in the rain. More 

Saint Kilda, Victoria, Australia
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116 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

A really enjoyable and accomodating, quiet stay. The staff could not have been more accomodating and informative if they tried, plus were very flexible around the individuals staying at the time. Sadly, due to weather, the pool was not open, but the hot tub was warm, and large enough for a decent sized group! Very reasonably priced and spaciously laid... More 

Thank kittentravels
Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review, the team have worked hard for the past year since we took over to make everyone's stay an enjoyable one so its great to get reviews like yours. More 

Balmoral, Australia
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115 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

We always try to get the best deal, sometimes that is booking.com deals and sometimes it is a bbh hostel where we get a discount from our BBH membercard. This hostel was suppose to be a bbh hostel but we soon discovered it is not anymore because BBH is raising prices for their members. Still this hostel gave us the... More 

Thank Leeuw605
Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for your great review. All our budget rooms have been upgraded so it is good to hear excellent feedback from our guests. All the best with the rest of your trip. More 

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
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  • Family Rooms
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Public Wifi
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Dusky Lodge & Backpackers is situated on Beach road, Kaikoura. We are the largest hostel in Kaikoura catering for groups and budget travellers. We offer a clean homely environment with bunk rooms, doubles, twins, ensuite rooms and heating in all rooms. All bed linen and pillows are provided. There are 3 large kitchen's fully equipped as well as BBQ's on the decks free to use. We have a large heated salt water pool, spa and sauna to enjoy while staying with us. Guest computers are available and the wifi can be used throughout the building. The hostel is only 5 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. The intercity bus can drop you off outside the hostel, ask the driver when you start your journey. 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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Dusky Lodge & Backpackers

Address: 67 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Price Range: $58 - $90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Dusky Lodge & Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 36
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“do not get the indoor facing rooms.”
 of 5 bubbles chchchr15, 29 Mar 2016 | Read review
“Ask for a room away from the road”
 of 5 bubbles VascoItaly, 14 Feb 2016 | Read review
“go to the lodge across the street”
 of 5 bubbles sailawade, 26 Dec 2015 | Read review
“There are loads of cheap backpackers here try somewhere else.”
 of 5 bubbles 76jaynew, 16 Mar 2015 | Read review
“Stay in the front rooms on the first floor away from the common areas, it is better.”
 of 5 bubbles fab992014, 5 Mar 2015 | Read review
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