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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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... More 

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5 of 5 stars 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... More 

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5 of 5 stars 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... More 

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3 of 5 stars 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

This hostel is just lovely! The owner is very involved with the daily running of the hostel which I think is brilliant as she is always there on hand to help and advise. Kaikoura town centre and waterfront is only a 2 minute walk from the hostel. Great views from the dining area and decking area.Lovely cosy feeling, a proper... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016 via mobile

With a sincerely nice owner, hot tub, extraordinary view and calm atmosphere, this is the best place in Kaikoura to recharge! Both rooms and showers/toilets are very clean. Free coffee and tea and 500 mb Internet pef day. Everything you need.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

We stayed 1 night in a private room with ensuite. On arrival, we were warmly greeted by reception and a cute little kitty. The room was cosy and comfortable with sufficient room for luggage and bathroom facilities were adequate. The ocean views from the balcony are lovely and we got a glimpse of this from our room. There is also... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

This is a 'hostel' I guess but there are also private rooms and it is nice and small - I think only a few rooms total - so it feels like you are staying in a large house. There is a big, open-plan kitchen with indoor and outdoor dining areas, a huge deck and lovely relaxing garden with brilliant views... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

I had such a quiet, relaxing time at this hostel. The place is more like a house than a lot of hostels. It's kept very clean and has a lovely garden when the weather is warm. Very close to town centre and beach, 3 min walk downhill

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

This place is so cool. It like a giant house turned hostel/lodge. Kitchen and bathrooms well kept, beds SUPER comfy. There was a spa and really nice balcony over looking the ocean. Helen the owner was really nice and helpful. Wifi was great as well. would definitely recommend here, wasn't as busy as other hostels and I felt so at... More 

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Additional Information about Dolphin Lodge Backpackers

Address: 15 Deal Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Price Range: $40 - $54 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Dolphin Lodge Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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