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Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, Kaikoura

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67 Beach RoadKaikoura7300New Zealand

No-frills hostel in Kaikoura
  • Free WiFi and free parking
  • The impact from the earthquake is evident and the beds have a lot of movement so getting…Jan 4, 2018
  • Facilities are familiar to those familiar with hostels and holiday parks. Very clean with…Dec 17, 2017
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From 194 reviewsTripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, Kaikoura

from $17
  • Shared Dormitory, Ensuite (10 Beds)
  • Budget Ensuite Triple
  • Budget Ensuite Twin
  • Budget Ensuite Double
  • Shared Dormitory, Shared Bathroom (6 Beds)
  • Shared Dormitory, Shared Bathroom (4 Beds)
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  • Basic Double, Shared Bathroom
  • Basic Twin, Shared Bathroom
  • Ensuite Family Room
  • Family Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Double Room, 1 Queen Bed

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 40 rooms


  • Check-in time noon-7 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 9 PM
If you are planning to arrive after 9 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • Outdoor seasonal pool
  • Spa tub
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Terrace

In the room

Freshen up
  • Shower only
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Daily housekeeping

What’s around Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, Kaikoura


  • Kaikoura Beach - 2 min walk
  • Kaikoura Museum - 10 min walk
  • Kaikoura Visitor Centre - 11 min walk
  • Kaikoura District Museum - 12 min walk
  • Fyffe House - 2.5 mi / 4 km
  • Mount Fyffe - 6.2 mi / 10 km
  • Ohau Point Lookout - 15.7 mi / 25.3 km
  • Okiwi Bay - 18.5 mi / 29.7 km

Getting around

  • Christchurch (CHC-Christchurch Intl.) - 95.1 miles/153.1 km
  • Free self parking

Recent reviews

Good 7.2 From 27 reviews

Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, Kaikoura
A Traveler, nz2 night trip
Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, Kaikoura
Very Good8.0
Good for one or two nights
The staff were helpful and friendly, facilities clean as it can be with disrespectful construction workers. Hostel spacious. I would recommend double checking on the pool and sauna situation if you are booking for the pool...because the pool was empty. At the time of my stay the place was full of construction workers, you could tell the staff were having a hard time cleaning up after them because apparently construction workers are not grown ups who can clean up after themselves. I even heard some of the workers immitating and laughing about the hostel workers who had asked them to clean up after themselves.
Turtle, au2 night trip
Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, Kaikoura
Only stayed one night. Room was clean. Kitchen wasn't very clean.
Scott, ie1 night trip with friends
Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, Kaikoura
You get what you pay for - feels studenty
You get what you pay for & being the cheapest rate we didn't get much. The guy at the front desk was really friendly and was working his socks off but there was too much to be done by just one person. The rest of the work seemed to be done by people temporarily staying in the hostel in return for lodging. As a result the kitchen was filthy & the communal areas very untidy. It felt like being in a grimy student flat. Private rooms beds were comfy & linen was clean. En suite bathroom had a stinky drain & no hooks for hanging clothes/towels. Overall could be a nice place but seems to lack permanent staff & someone to make sure standards are maintained. Guy on front desk was excellent so not his fault at all.
A Traveler, gb1 night family trip
Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, Kaikoura
Very Good8.0
Good value
A Traveler, sg1 night romance trip

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Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, Kaikoura

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