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“Backpackers will cope, but you can do far better!” 2 of 5 stars
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22 Deal Street, Kaikoura, New Zealand   |  
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Auckland, New Zealand
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Backpackers will cope, but you can do far better!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2008

Spent 2 nights at this hostel which was very basic, and not too clean. Toilets and showers flooded one of the evenings with water all over the floor. Showers were of low standard. If you are a couple ask for the "outside" double, all it consisted of was a bed but it's cosy and separate from the dorms, which have dodgy bunks. The hostel is used by Kiwi Experience so expect some rowdy groups of young travellers. The kitchen area was grubby, and all my criticisms pale in comparison when I recall the sheer amount of flies that resided in that room! They were everywhere!

Despite this, I had an overall good time in Kaikoura and the hostel did not put much of a dampener on it!

  • Liked — Location above the town
  • Disliked — The lack of cleaniness and flies
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Brighton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2007

Top Spot is midly better than it's sister hostel, The Lazy Shag but really only due to it's location. It is on a hill about the town and has a great view over the bay.
The hostel was tired and a bit dirty, the sofas were creepy. It was not the worst hostel and maybe OK if you're not there long, but it could be a good place to stay if they invested a bit. They do have a nice dog!
The lounge is warm with a fire but elsewhere has quite a chill.

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Topspot

Address: 22 Deal Street, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
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Ranked #31 of 34 Specialty Lodging in Kaikoura
Number of rooms: 26

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