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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
  • Collect nightsFor every 10 nights, get 1 free!
  • Not bad spot. On the highway but not far from the main strip of town. Place was warm…Jul 23, 2018
  • Amazing staff, friendly environment and cleanJun 19, 2018
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Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, Kaikoura

from $44
  • Shared Dormitory, Ensuite (10 Beds)
  • Budget Ensuite Triple
  • Budget Ensuite Twin
  • Budget Ensuite Double
  • Shared Dormitory, Shared Bathroom
  • Shared Dormitory, Shared Bathroom (4 Beds)
  • Basic Double, Shared Bathroom
  • Basic Shared Dormitory, Mixed Dorm, Shared Bathroom
  • Basic Twin Room, 2 Twin Beds, Shared Bathroom
  • Basic Single Room, 1 Twin Bed, Shared Bathroom

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 40 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-7 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
The front desk is open daily from 8 AM - 7 PM

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
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Barbecue grills
  • Microwave in a common area
Things to do
  • Outdoor seasonal pool
  • Spa tub
Working away
  • Computer station
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas

In the room

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

Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, Kaikoura’s small print

Also known as

  • Dusky Lodge Backpackers Kaikoura
  • Dusky Lodge Backpackers
  • Dusky Backpackers Kaikoura
  • Dusky Backpackers


Optional extras

Onsite credit card charges are subject to an extra charge

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

What’s around Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, Kaikoura


  • Kaikoura Beach - 1 min walk
  • Kaikoura Museum - 10 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 - 17.9 mi / 28.9 km

Getting around

  • Christchurch (CHC-Christchurch Intl.) - 148 min drive
  • Free self parking

Recent reviews

Good 7.4 From 40 reviews

Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, Kaikoura
Gets The Job Done, But Barely
It got the job done but that was about it. The place was functional, but barely. There was no rack for the oven, one sink clogged every night, and in a row of 5 sinks the soap dispenser on one side was missing so everyone had to line-up to one side get soap and then spread out. The place cleaned everyday but still dirty in corners and along edges, especially in the bathroom. It was clear this was just a massive place that relied on the large groups. The staff was nice enough but clearly just kids Woofing, and acted as such. No fault of their's what you would expect from someone that age with little supervision. However at the end of the day you can cook, wash, and sleep so mission accomplished, just with the minimum of what it took to do so.
A Traveler, us5 night trip
Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, Kaikoura
Big rooms and great spa in the outdoor area. Kitchen was not so big, but they had everything we needed.
Kathrine, nz3 night trip with friends
Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, Kaikoura
A Traveler, nz2 night trip
Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, Kaikoura
Very Good8.0
Good backpackers hostel
The impact from the earthquake is evident and the beds have a lot of movement so getting a good nights sleep is hard but it was clean, cheap, cheerful, lovely service and good communal area. Completely fine for a backpackers hostel
A Traveler, gb1 night trip with friends
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

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Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, Kaikoura

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