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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I stayed in this hostel with 3 friends for 2 nights. The kitchen and lounge were combined and so spacious yet cosy with a fire and comfortable sofas. The hostel also provided free breakfast! This was basic with simply toast, butter, jam, cornflakes and tea and coffee. But it did the trick and for backpackers any food that is free... More 

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Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review and letting us know about the showers we will get this checked out. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

It's such a nice place. Rooms are very comfortable and clean. There are two kitchen which are really spacious and well furnished. Bathroom are really clean as well. The staff is really friendly and helpful. There are a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi and a big terrace, perfect for summer. The sunset and the view are really amazing.

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Thank emiliep361
Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for your nice review, all the best with the rest of your trip. More 

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19 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

Stayed there two nights. They had forgot to write my reservation, but they fixed it and i got a 4-bed dorm instead of a 6-bed - for the same price. The room is big and beds are good, but it was cold in the hostel and the rooms. Luckily there was a small warm pool, free to use. The showers... More 

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Thank Rebecca B
Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. I am concerned you mentioned you had a warm shower? I will look into this as there should be plenty for everyone. Heaters in all the rooms and there is a log burner in the main kitchen/TV room. Enjoy the rest of your trip. More 

Germany
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34 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016 via mobile

We stayed In this big Lodge in a comfortable double room for two nights. The bed was really comfortable. All the other rooms are nice as well. In the dorm you have plenty of space. The facilities are quiet good. Two big kitchen sometimes tidy sometimes not really. Outside you have a nice pool next to a small hot water... More 

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Thank Rossi91
Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

We appreciate hearing your views on your stay. We are working on the wifi issue, we have 4 computers free to use, I don't know why they were slow we will look into that. Great to know your bed was comfortable, all the bunks now have new mattress's so its nice to hear positive feed back from our guests. All... More 

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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stayed here for a couple of nights on our trip to NZ. The staff were very helpful (we arrived 2 hours prior to check in time). While we waited to check in we were able to use the free wifi, play pool and play with the owners puppy she had there. We stayed in a private... More 

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Thank Gabrielle C
Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for the review and letting us know about the loo, will get that checked out. Have a good time in NZ. More 

Sydney, Australia
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35 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

The staff were really friendly and accommodating, the kitchen was well equipped but flys everywhere. Rooms were cute and comfortable, free wifi that works sometimes but it was free. Free swimming pool and hot tub use. The only downside is no one in this hostel actually talks. I tried to make conversation with people and no one wanted to.

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Thank MortIsCool
Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review us, all the best with your trip. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016 via mobile

a short distance away from the town centre but still pretty accessible nonetheless as we had a car. the hostel was close to new world supermarket. the lodge had clean kitchens, laundry area and bedrooms! we stayed in the three person room with a personal toilet. i'd recommend the lodge for travellers of all ages.

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Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for your nice review, enjoy your trip More 

Wellington, NZ
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4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

We stayed here a couple of weekends ago. The room was booked by someone else, so we had no say in the selection of the place, or the room that we were given. We got an indoor facing room that was near the bathrooms/showers. The door was not a proper hotel sound rated door and let every noise from the... More 

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Thank chchchr15
Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, the hostel is under new management. We care a lot and have already made big improvements. There is a long list of jobs to be done to tidy up the place. Thanks for letting us know we do appreciate all you have mentioned. We have a very busy winter ahead painting etc More 

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Graz, Austria
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21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016 via mobile

The hostel is quite okay. We had a good stay during daytime but in the night we have had problems to sleep as the matresses are too thin. When we arrived about 15 new ones where at the reception, but they all should be replaced. The pool is nice though and the location as well.

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Thank moXXXmo
Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

thanks for the review. Yes we are replacing all the bunk beds, its a very expensive process as the hostel has around 100 bunk beds, we are getting it done as quickly as possible. More 

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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016 via mobile

The room was quite big and cosy . Kitchen and common room quite big with all basic amenities!! Nearby to the main street and other tourist attractions. The staff was helpful and gave us good info about the area. The view is beautiful. Strongly recommend:)

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Belinda H, Owner at Dusky Lodge & Backpackers, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review, hope to see you back again. More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
  • Spa
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Wheelchair access
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  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Hot Tub
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Laundry Service
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Dusky Lodge & Backpackers is situated on Beach road, Kaikoura. We are the largest hostel in Kaikoura catering for groups and budget travellers. We offer a clean homely environment with bunk rooms, doubles, twins, ensuite rooms and heating in all rooms. All bed linen and pillows are provided. There are 3 large kitchen's fully equipped as well as BBQ's on the decks free to use. We have a large heated salt water pool, spa and sauna to enjoy while staying with us. Guest computers are available and the wifi can be used throughout the building. The hostel is only 5 minute walk to the town centre, and across the road from Whale Watchers. The best bakery in town is situated right beside us and grocery stores only minutes away. The intercity bus can drop you off outside the hostel, ask the driver when you start your journey. We have plenty of parking space and it's free to use. Luggage storage short term is available, if needed ask at reception. Dusky Lodge & Backpackers is a great place to relax, unwind and take in the great views and spectacular sunsets from our extensive decks. Our friendly team can help book tours or give you advice on what to do while you are with us. We hope to see you soon. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Dusky Lodge & Backpackers

Address: 67 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Price Range: $36 - $47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Dusky Lodge & Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 36
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