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Albatross Backpacker Inn

1 Torquay Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This hostel was so great. We stayed in the double room which was great value for the price. It was nice and warm and very comfy bed. We paid $5 for unlimited wifi and it was great. The kitchen is well stocked with free organic fair trade coffee, tea and hot chocolate. The lounge area was really nice. Overall I... More

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is clear to see why Ben and Katie continue to receive awards for their cosy, spacious Albatross Backpacker Inn. As soon as you enter the property through the small, white garden gate you cannot help but to be transported home through the welcoming smiles of the people around you, the huge seating area equipped with instruments, board games and... More

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Dublin, Ireland
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Stayed in this hostel for two nights. We payed for a bed in a large dorm room but because it was low season they put us in a spare twin room for both nights at no extra charge. The hostel located between the town and the seal colony, the two biggest attractions in kaikoura so its a good location. The... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I stayed at Albatross for 4 nights and had a lovely time, met some really awesome people and enjoyed lots of baked goods courtesy of the free baking box!!!! Its in a perfect location with a short walk to town. Free bike hire and good vibes :-)

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Bern, Switzerland
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34 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Good things first: The staff of the hostel is very friendly, and their ecological thinking deserves a big thumb up! Nevertheless, the room was tiny and the smokers table unfortunately straight in front of our window, and the sleep quality all in all not very good. The kitchen was more or less clean, but the rooms and the bathrooms definitely... More

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Orlando, Florida
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38 hotel reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Showed up very late into Kaikoura without a reservation anywhere. After driving around and seeing everywhere closed, the owner at Albatross opened the reception desk up and offered us a place in the lot for our campa van. Lots of young backpackers hanging out but doesn't feel crowded. Kitchen and bathrooms are nice and well maintained.

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

The Albatross Inn is absolutely the best hostel I have been to in New Zealand. The atmosphere of this place is incredible. As you enter the doors, you are at the reception desk, from here, the entire communal area is open-plan - the kitchen, computer area, living area, music area, dining area, art corner and telephone are all in the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

After spending time in busy Base/Nomad hostels in the bigger towns in NZ, it was great to find a welcoming, relaxed hostel. The manager was lovely and incredibly welcoming. Rooms are comfortable and cheap. The hostel is located a little walk away from the main area of Kaikoura, so the hostel is peaceful and you can actually get a decent... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The hostel was nice enough, very nicely decorated - loved all the murals. It felt very homely but just not like our home... maybe because we're not backpackers. The kitchen was overcrowded and the fridges were full to bursting. Quite a few flies everywhere and my partner swears he saw a mouse in the kitchen but I never saw it... More

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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

i generally found south island backpackers to be better than north island ones with better people, more freebies thrown in and better location. this one isnt that great in terms of location but makes up with affordable rooms, lounge and free soup. we stayed here for 2 days owing to rains on one day but we never felt lonely on... More

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Address: 1 Torquay Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
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The Hostel with Soul! Characterful historic building filled with music, art, food and good company! Run by travelers for travelers, at The Albatross you'll find a warm, inviting place in which to unwind after your time on the road. What we offer you:- Spacious lounge filled with art by world travellers, musical instruments and plenty of space to relax.- Funky well-equipped kitchen with complimentary herbs, spices, cooking oil and Fairtrade Organic tea, coffee and hot chocolate.- Warm, comfortable rooms with heaters in each and fully made beds.- An Art Corner for creating masterpieces! - Guitars, ukuleles, hand drums and songbooks.- Loads of fun board games and well-stocked book exchange.- Regular group dinners, BBQs in summer and hot puddings by the log fire in winter.- Sunny garden with a gas BBQ, lots of tables and herbs & veggies for you to pick.- Free bikes. Cyclist specials and lockable bike storage.- Lots of good local info and advice, free guide book rental, onward travel booking. Come join us for our next Curry Night, a Jam Session or an epic round of "Kaikouropoly"! Ben and Katie look forward to welcoming you to The Albatross. ... more   less 
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