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67 Beach Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This backpackers is a good value for you money. We staying in a double ensuite. It was very quite while we were there. It doesn't have free wifi which is a bummer. It's a short walk to the main strip of Kaikoura, about 5-10 minutes. We were there in the winter but it's probably quite busy in the summer!

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed two nights here in a private room. The room and ensuite bathroom were clean. The bed was pretty soft, but we slept well! Wifi was good. The pool and hot tub were great. We found the upstairs kitchen cleaner and better stocked than the kitchen on the main floor.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Stayed 2 nights in twin ensuite which good size & situated upstairs in more private area with kitchen & lounge facilities. Freezing cold on arrival but soon warmed up & we were early arrivals. Good location, just 5 mins walk from main town & supermarket. Good size pool for summer guests & all year round hot tub / sauna which... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We stayed at the Dusky Lodge this weekend, it was wonderful. It was cold outside, but nice and cosy inside with the fireplaces everywhere. We chilled in the hot tub for ages, and the view from the back deck is so nice. The rooms were very good, nice beds and great facilities for what you pay!

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I stayed about 2 months in Dusky, feels just like home with the big living room. Friendly and nice Manager! Perfect hostel with big kitchen, pool & hot tub. Definitely go back again when I visit Kaikoura!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I stayed here a month ago and found it to be a well-maintained hostel with friendly staff. I would definitely stay here again if I was in Kaikoura. The kitchens are well-stocked and the pool was a nice bonus.

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Alice Springs, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I stayed at dusky a few times over my year in nz and loved it every time. The staff are all amazing and the rooms are always clean and have plenty if room. The pool and hot tub were a huge bonus which we took advantage of. Highly recommend it and be sure and say hi to damo.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

Perfect hostel in a perfect little town with nice staff. Had a good time down there. This place leaves nothing to be desired. Clean rooms, close to centrum and to the beach. The staff knows heaps of secret spots. Don't miss that. Thumps up and 5 stars. Greets Kerstin from Moa :)

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

I stayed in a 4-bed-dorm there and besides the size of the room(there was lots of space) it was quite poor! Everything was just sadly run-down and kinda dirty and especially the bathrooms are not nice it all! I tried to take a shower-there was no hot, but at least a tiny little stream of warm water there and still... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

The lodge is a bit out of town, but not too bad of a walk. The scenery here is amazing, couldn't stop looking at the mountains! The staff here are all very nice and welcoming, we had a nice private room. The 3 days we stayed here the kitchen was always clean. Would love to stay here again in the... More

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Address: 67 Beach Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
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Welcome to Dusky Lodge, Kaikoura, New Zealand. New 1998, Dusky Lodge offers a clean homely environment with natural carved timbers throughout. A great place to relax, unwind and take in the great views and spectacular sunsets from our extensive decks. Enjoy a swim in our heated swimming pool, or just take it easy in the sauna and spa pool before dining al fresco at our poolside restaurant. With shared backpackers’ bunk rooms, doubles, twins and ensuite rooms, we cater for all kinds of travellers - whatever your needs or budget. Our new extension upstairs (completed October 2005) comprises eleven deluxe ensuite rooms, offering a superior degree of comfort. Kaikoura thrives on its international reputation as an ecotourism centre, promoting a sustainable relationship with our wildlife and wilderness. Dusky Lodge is proud to support Kaikoura’s world famous Zero Waste Policy (Kaikoura becoming the second district in New Zealand to adopt zero waste to landfill in 1998). We recycle all our plastic, glass, cans and compost and try to minimize our impact on our beautiful environs by using solar power wherever possible. ... more   less 
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