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Reviewed December 5, 2016

My partner and I actually stayed in this hostel during the 2016 earthquake which hit Kaikoura pretty badly. We couldn't have been in a better place during this time. The hostel held up incredibly well and the owner Helen did the most wonderful job of holding everything together. She organised everything for us, kept everyone calm and offered everyone to...

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Reviewed November 16, 2016

Clean rooms, well equipped kitchen, nice staff, great location close to town, wonderful patio and garden (and hammock) for the guests and just a wonderful place to stay. I would stay here for longer next time - just hope that everything is okay after the terrible earthquakes

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Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed November 6, 2016 via mobile

Helen is such a lovely owner, helpful and welcoming to all her guests. The hostel is cosy and clean, and there is a large deck which overlooks snowcapped mountains and the sea - great view to wake up to! Great location which is minutes from the town centre and to the beach. Free WiFi! Don't look any further than here!

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Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Possibly the best hostel I have stayed at. Very quiet, beautiful garden, great facilities, very clean, seemingly new and very comfy matresses, friendly and welcoming owner. Very short walk to the main highstreet where the iSite is. Would absolutely stay there again.

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Naples, Florida
Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

This is a nice, clean hostel with a friendly owner. Has a large kitchen for cooking and the hot tub in the back is a plus. The rooms are very clean, and the hostel is in a great location. Would recommend.

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Hamburg, Germany
Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

Following a friend's recommendation (she had seen it but not stayed here) we tried this place for one night. We were late arrivals, and the atmosphere just didn't feel right. We were greeted and our room was shown to us- separate twin room, no bunks but outside the actual house. Small shared (female and male) bathroom with little privacy for...

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Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

I stayed at the Dolphin Lodge for three nights, in a 6 bed dorm. The room was spacious and there were mostly single beds - only one bunk - which is always a plus! The views from the room were pretty good but my oh my, go onto the deck from the living room and really enjoy the most beautiful...

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Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

If only there was more to do in Kaikoura! I checked in for two nights to go whale watching. The hostel is intentionally small and homely. Helen was lovely and helpful. She made us all pumpkin soup with as much fresh bread as we could eat and chocolate sponge squares the first night I was there! The common area is...

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Gurmels, Switzerland
Reviewed July 6, 2016

My family stayed at the Dolphin Lodge for 4 nights and we loved it. The hostel is about 5 minutes walk from the main street away, has an outdoor hot tub, a wood fire in the lounge and a very well equipped kitchen. And if you are a nature lover - the view of the sunrise you are having from...

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Reviewed May 17, 2016

We only stayed for one night. The place was clean, but our 4-bed room was limited to only 1 outlet with a 30 minute timer.. so charging all our cameras/phones was difficult. The wifi was also down for our entire stay. Amazing view of the sunrise over the water though!

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Hot Tub
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry

Additional Information about Dolphin Lodge Backpackers

Address: 15 Deal Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Hotel Class:4 star — Dolphin Lodge Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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“all seemed nice”
  • View from town (on the top ridge)
 of 5 bubbles 8DaveS8, Nov 16, 2016 | Read review
“Has tokens for wifi”
 of 5 bubbles jmm73, Mar 5, 2016 | Read review
“We had a double room with a garden view, but you could also see the sea”
 of 5 bubbles BennettsAdventures, Nov 11, 2015 | Read review
“Not many rooms, so its small and warm. The 4 beds shared room is really nice.”
 of 5 bubbles YafPas, Nov 16, 2014 | Read review
“Don't stay in the room that is not included in the main house. It is a converted garage and the door is falling apart. The room is noisy and hot in the afternoon.”
  • This is the twin room not
 of 5 bubbles 465MaryK, Apr 27, 2014 | Read review
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