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Albatross Backpacker Inn
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Reviewed July 3, 2010

The owners were young and had travelling experience and that came across withing in their ownership of the hostel. The rooms were clean and so were the showers. The communal areas were relaxed and so were able to chat to other travellers. The owners invited everyone to the local pub quiz which was good fun. The owners also had good knowledge of Kaikoura.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 29, 2010

Chose this backpacker inn on my first month long trip of NZ. Only stayed the 2 nights and more than enough. Picked off internet from list of Kaikoura accommodation, as was the first listed beginning with an "A", was cheap by NZ standards and had stated to have previously won awards. Had my own room , but this was no more than a small grubby box with rickety metal framed bunk and a plastic item for a desk/table. Building itself is of historic interest, the communal lounge is quite large and staff friendly but nothing else in its favour. When I asked confirmation of directions at I-Site on arrival, the response received should have warned me of what to expect. Throughout my 2 nights, I did not manage a shower because of a heater fault with no hot water, although it was only the one morning that I had to shave in cold water. Kaikoura is a lovely place to stay. It is small with an abundance of backpaker accommodation , but few places offerring rooms otherwise. Make sure you first study the reviews carefully and do not pay using your credit card if you wish the details to remain secure. Would not stay at this inn again even if free.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 4, 2010

We spent the last night of the decade here but avoided the parties as we had an early start for dolphin swimming the next morning. The staff and ethics of the hostel are great, no hippie-ness but just good thinking. The bad thing about are particular room, twin room with bunk beds, was the location right next door to a noisy shower and toilet flushing system. Coupled with very old mattresses that sank in the middle made for not a great night's sleep. However, the staff, access to a great kitchen and facilities, with phone, internet and lovely meeting area was great. Don't be put of the mattresses as the rest of the hostel makes up for this. Those with bad backs should avoid, unfortunately.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 25, 2009

nothing to add . a place like home with helpful staff, no stress, no noise, no dirt. clean rooms, all you have to worry when you get there is the weather forecast (whale and dolfin watching ;o))) ... my brother needed to see a practitioner, the landlady was very helpful. certainly the best place in town if you just want to sleep and relax ... don't think that's the best place for night party goers, I would advise people who are looking for a rest to choose this hostel. the beach is 100 m away from the front door

  • Stayed: November 2007, traveled with family
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Thank xtoflille
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Stayed: January 2018, traveled as a couple
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