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Rotorua, New Zealand
Reviewed 19 June 2015

We stayed in a private room with an en-suite bathroom, which was suited to our needs for our short stay. The room was small though and you had to walk through the bathroom to reach the bedroom, which was a strange set up! However, the bed was comfortable and we were warm as long as we had the electric heater...

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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 6 May 2015

Super and helpful nice hosts, super nice guests, clean hot tub, clean kitchen, clean bathroom, comfortable beds, outdoor deck with grill, good location, free limited wifi, beautiful view, good value, BBH hostel. All good.

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1Thank Anna L
Byron Bay, Australia
Reviewed 17 April 2015 via mobile

We stayed in 4 single beds in one room. Kitchen small but clean. No TV but didn't bother us as lovely fireplace but not a lot of seating around it. If you don't like cats you may not like staying here as they have an inside cats but this seems to be pretty common in hostels in NZ (ie a...

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Thank KazzaBubba
Reviewed 16 April 2015 via mobile

One of the best hostels around NZ, really convenient if you are going on the Dolphin Encounter. Staff were friendly, you have 200MB of Internet to use, the kitchen is fully stocked - everything you need to cook a yummy meal! The beds were pretty good. Love the hammock, was able to use the laundry facilities - top stay!

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Thank Ngagnon90
Reviewed 20 March 2015 via mobile

I've visited Kaikoura twice, and both times I stayed at this hostel. Situated on the hill just above town, it'll take you 2 or 3 minutes to walk to the i-site, 4 Square, shops or buses. The views from the dining area and deck are superb. You can relax in the hot tub with a lovely view of the snow...

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Thank Andrew M
Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 11 March 2015

This was my favourite hostel from my 5 week stay in NZ. It's a great place to stay if you want somewhere quiet to relax and unwind. I stayed 3 nights and this hostel appeared to attract an older demographic, most guests were aged 30+ when I stayed there. It was also super clean - the kitchen didn't have any...

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Thank Babybird85
Reviewed 20 February 2015 via mobile

I cannot give this hostel enough praise! Perfect in all aspects. If you want to feel like part of a family of like minded people travelling and sharing stories and interests this place is great! Helen is lovely and makes this place feel so cosy and comfortable. Thank you for a truly amazing stay in the beautiful Kaikoura :)

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3Thank KateMesk
Carlisle, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 February 2015 via mobile

Double room was small and dated but overall the hostel catered for our needs well. Bit of a strange set up having to walk through the bathroom to get to the bedroom. Bed was comfy and only a short stroll into town. Not bad but not great.

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3Thank dangreen84
Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 10 January 2015

This hostel is located at the top of a hill and has great views. There is a path that leads right from the outside of the hostel down to town, which is convenient and easy. We stayed in a double room with a private bathroom. The room and bathroom were clean and tidy. We were there in October and the...

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3Thank StanleyParkSeawall
Bridgwater, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 January 2015

This hostel was in a complete other league to the likes of BASE and other major hostels as it was quiet and felt very homely. We had a double room and were very happy with the size and the bed was very comfy. Only stayed for the one night but would happily stay here again. Thank you for your hospitality!

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Hot Tub
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry

Additional Information about Dolphin Lodge Backpackers

Address: 15 Deal Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Price Range: $27 - $72 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Dolphin Lodge Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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“all seemed nice”
  • View from town (on the top ridge)
 of 5 bubbles 8DaveS8, 16 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Has tokens for wifi”
 of 5 bubbles jmm73, 5 Mar 2016 | Read review
“We had a double room with a garden view, but you could also see the sea”
 of 5 bubbles BennettsAdventures, 11 Nov 2015 | Read review
“Not many rooms, so its small and warm. The 4 beds shared room is really nice.”
 of 5 bubbles YafPas, 16 Nov 2014 | Read review
“Don't stay in the room that is not included in the main house. It is a converted garage and the door is falling apart. The room is noisy and hot in the afternoon.”
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 of 5 bubbles 465MaryK, 27 Apr 2014 | Read review
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