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Dolphin Lodge Backpackers

15 Deal Street, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I've stayed at the Dolphin Lodge in August 2015 as a solo traveler. The lodge is located on a hill overlooking the ocean and the snow capped mountains. Helen (the owner) makes you feel welcome and after a quick check in I went to my room. I booked a double room with shared bathroom who was quite big, equipped with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

After reading the two terrible and one poor review we were a bit scared to walk in. Our room was number 1 and it was perfect. We have been traveling in NZ for 6 weeks and everything including so called 5 start hotels are tired and old. Constructions are not proper for the climate, etc. Dolphin Lodge is no exception.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

I loved the feel of this backpackers. Facility is very clean, lovely and cosy, bed was comfortable, wide mix of age groups while I was there, kitchen area well equipped and always clean. Loved the resident cats and the fire. Walking distance to the I-Site, shops, cafes and restaurants. Gorgeous views from the deck of the ocean and snow capped... More 

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New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 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... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 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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Byron Bay, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

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... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

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... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 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... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 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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