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Dolphin Lodge Backpackers

15 Deal Street, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 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... More 

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Bridgwater, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

It actually has everything you need - good location, private parking, comfortable beds (we stayed in private room), wifi, well equiped kitchen and friendly staff. It can get a bit crowded, since it is quite popular, but you'll be probably outside most of the time :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is one of the nicest places I've stayed in NZ. Beautiful views from the property, great central location, nice owner, hot spa pool in lovely garden, comfy beds, clean all around. I wish i had more time in there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Beds are comfortable, kitchen is well-equiped, spa outside is nice. Good place! No unlimited wifi and no TV, but is it really a problem ? It's easier to meet people like this, I think. And that's right, atmosphere encourages us to reach out to others.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Homely and warm backpackers, with amazing sea & mountains view. Comfortable shared rooms, well equipped kitchen, nice deck and garden with amazing view and even hot water comfortable Jacuzzi under the sky!!! The showers are a little but old, but everything is very clean and well maintained. tow minutes walk from i-site and main road but still quite and relaxing.... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The most run down backpacker we have ever come across. There was a total lack of maintenance. The entire place is old and need urgent maintenance. Badly laid out also having to walk through bathrooms to get to bedrooms. I have never seen that before! The oven door does not close correctly and remained open while we were cooking. Total... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

I was only planning on staying one night here, but ended up staying a week. Helen and Red were very welcoming and I felt like I had found a home away from home! The view of the Alps from the hot tub is fantastic, and it's only a short walk from the main street. I can't wait to go back... More 

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Address: 15 Deal Street, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
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Number of rooms: 7
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