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“Excellent location, feels like home!”
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Fish Tank Lodge
Reviewed May 16, 2013 via mobile

They have the best location from all the places in kaikoura. From their terrace you look at the sea, place is in town. Big lounge room with comfy couches, big tv with DVD player. Big kitchen. Nice rooms. All was perfect. Paid 65$ for double with shared bathroom.

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

The Fishtank is a nice hostel in the centre of town. Kaikoura is a small town, so not noisy at all, even in the centre of the city where this hostel is located. It is a short walk to the tour operators for whale watching, dolphin encounters and loads of other cool stuff. Craig, the host, is a really nice, helpful guy and he keeps the hostel clean and tidy. Go ask him what to do in town, he usually knows what the best thing to do is in the time that you're there. He recommended us to do the dolphin encounter rather then the whale watching, simply because there have been heaps of dolphins around (we saw around 300 on our trip!!!!) in the time that we were there and not so many whales.
In the communal room you can watch movies or sit outside on the massive balcony with an awesome view of the ocean and the mountains.
We stayed here for three nights and we loved it!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

This Backpack is one of the best I stay in NZ yet ! Lots of nice paintings on the walls, clean and comfy common area, 50m from the beach and straight in front of the bus stop !
The new manager is very helpfull and give good advice on what to do in the area.
I'll defenitly come back to the Fish Tank if I go back to Kaikoura ( which is an amazing city as well :)

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Thank reka787
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

We took off to Kaikoura and were wondering where to stay, so tried the Fish Tank Lodge first and were impressed about the service and liked the quirky place with all those amazing paintings!
Our room downstairs " with mountain view " ;))) ( bit ironically expressed) was a bit smelling like mushrooms :( , but the mattresses were really good, especially for my sore back!
We enjoyed our breakfast on the balcony with " real" sea view, which we prepared in the tidy and organized kitchen!
The shower and toilets were tidy.
Thanks for having us! ;)

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Charlotte T
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Reviewed April 27, 2013

If you are young and love to party till "all hours," this may be the place for you, but if you would appreciate a quiet, clean place to sleep, look elsewhere. The bedroom (we had a double) was ok, but had windows that opened out to the deck, upon which sat two or three people who talked loudly and long into the night. The bathrooms were not only dirty, but had no toilet paper nor paper towels (most bathrooms in NZ have driers), and they smelled pretty badly too. If there had been someone present to enforce any "Quiet Hours," that might have helped, but they were not present. Bottom line, look elsewhere.........

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  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Nancy K
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Situated on the Esplanade in Kaikoura with views from its balcony to the sea and the mountains this Backpackers Lodge is perfectly situated. On the main street close to all amenities and with a good front desk for bookings.
The lounge is spacious and comfortable. Large fully equipped kitchen.
Dorm beds are comfy and the dorm rooms are not crowded.
Craig is a great host, always around to ensure everything is running smoothly and everybody is happy.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Stephen H
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Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

Had a fab three nights in one of the double rooms, hostel is ran by the nicest guy called Craig who is always happy to help! The location is amazing 20 metres from I sight and pubs shops etc! Can almost see the sea! Incredible!

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Thank Katiemay1994
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Additional Information about Fish Tank Lodge

Address: 86 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Kaikoura
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Kaikoura with uninterrupted views of the ocean and mountains is the cosy Fish Tank Lodge. Beds are seriously comfortable with crisp clean linen already made up for you and the national buses stop right outside the front door. The kitchen is fully equipped and the lounge warm and cosy with some awesome artwork which is a must see! Feel right at home here with free tea and coffee and a warm kiwi welcome to Kaikoura. ... more   less 

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