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Bad Jelly Backpackers
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

Recently stayed in Bad Jelly while overnight in Kaikoura.

Be warned that this hostel is right next to SH1 (the main highway) running the length of the South Island. As it is near a corner you have trucks shifting down gear as they go down the hill which can be quite loud.

Having said that, it's a pleasant small hostel (six rooms). Lounge and kitchen are spacious and there are two showers and a couple of basins that everyone gets to share. Water pressure and temperature were fine.

Spa was getting fixed when we visited so didn't get to try it out.

Little hint.. a fast way to get to the information centre from Bad Jelly is to go through the park (right next to Bad Jelly) and down Deal St. There's a little walkway here next to the Chapel that goes down the hill and onto the main street.

All up, $54 for a double room (with $6 BBH card discount) this was value for money and perfectly fine for a short stay

Room Tip: Further away from the road is best
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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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ANNETTE K, Owner at Bad Jelly Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2012

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Reviewed November 15, 2011

A small, clean and quiet backpacker quite close from the town centre. No dorm, just rooms. Really nice. Fresh bread in the morning.
I'll go back there without a doubt.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with friends
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ANNETTE K, Owner at Bad Jelly Backpackers, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2012

Our place is unique as it has no dorm rooms. So it attracts couples and friends and families.

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Reviewed August 5, 2009

goose bay camping grounds was great no caffs or noise just ocean peace quite great walks

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled solo
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Thank cubit07
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Reviewed May 28, 2007

We booked this place through the tourist information centre in the town who were very helpful and even rang them for us! As the owner was out, the door was open and the key was in our room door-very trusting! We took our car back into town to buy food which we cooked in the well equipped if not modern, kitchen and sat down to watch a film with the other guests. We all agreed that it was a great base to explore from and we swapped stories about whale watching etc. A small but perfectly formed place with a friendly owner and a really pleasant feeling about it. There is a hot tub in the garden too which we didn't sample but I'm told was very relaxing!

Stayed: March 2007
Thank Sue2807
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Reviewed March 15, 2016
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Room Tip: Das Doppelzimmer war schön!!!
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  • Stayed: November 2015, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 22, 2016
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  • Stayed: February 2016, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 9, 2016
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  • Stayed: February 2016, traveled with friends
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Thank Flo F
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Additional Information about Bad Jelly Backpackers

Address: 11 Churchill Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
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Ranked #12 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Kaikoura
Price Range: $45 - $61 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6

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