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Stay at Kaikōura

Dolphin Lodge Backpackers is a genuine homely style hostel offering Private and Dorm Room accommodation at a quiet central location in Kaikōura.
Come and join us at our small snug hostel that has many home comforts and is only two mins walk from the Kaikōura town centre and beach.
The lodge is situated to take advantage of the magnificent views of the Kaikōura coastline and the Seaward Kaikōura Mountain range, we have incredible sunrise and sunsets, and in most cases, you don’t even have to leave your room for the view.
Dolphin Lodge is set in a private garden and has a large outdoor decking for balmy summer afternoon relaxing and enjoying the magnificent views.

Dolphin Lodge Accommodation

Happy Guests Say…

  • Highly recommend this Hostel for Backpacker. Cheap accommodation, everything is super clean and staff is just friendly. Helen, the owner is willing to help you if you have questions. 1 minute away from town centre. Was a pleasure staying here!
    Nice, quite, clean, perfect view!”
  • This place is simply amazing. The people here are really nice and kind and the whole place has a very family like atmosphere. You can see the mountains and the sea from the kitchen area, the view is amazing and I can recommend getting up to see the sunrise. It's a very clean hostel and the hot pool is super cosy. They also have an adorable cat. Of all the hostels I have been to this one will always hold a very special place in my hart <3
    This place is simply amazing
  • Great location, so close to the esplanade in Kaikoura, yet far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet and admire the views. The rooms are spacious and tidy and the kitchen and dinning (indoor and outdoor areas) are very well set out. The hostel is surrounded by pleasant gradens and even has a hot tub. The staff were pleasant and the cost was quite reasonable. Definitely worth a look if you are planning in staying in Kaikoura.
    Great location
  • Location is really great, two minute walking to the city centre. The view is awesome, you can see the sea from the kitchen - which is nice, has a reasonable size and you can find everything you need if you want to cook. Bathroom is also good with water pressure and hot water. Showers have a small area for you to hang your stuff and change clothes. The place is really very nice and you feel like home, very quiet, clean and well maintained.
    Very nice place to stay
  • Blissful spot, beautiful grounds, staff lovely and so peaceful! Views from the garden were stunning.
  • Very clean small hostel. Big shared rooms with windows. Whirlpool with a great view over Kaikoura and the landscape (the sea).
    Perfect Hostel
  • Very cool and cosy backpack. Free wifi and all clean. 2 min walking from the bus station (inter city / naked bus). The garden is cute, like home.
    Top Top!!!
  • Excellent location walking distance from the town and ample parking space. Great views and an outside hot tub. Along the coast we saw a very large number of seals and their pups.
    Excellent location
  • I stayed here for one night but wish I had more time. Helen is an excellent host - friendly, conversational, and helpful. She picked me up from the train station and brought be back the next day. I stayed in a 5-person dorm and the room was very clean and had enough space. The bathrooms were clean and the showers were hot. They are communal unisex bathrooms, but there is plenty of privacy. There is a hot tub on the deck that Helen will open up easily - it's a great way to relax after a day of exploring and chat with the other backpackers while enjoying a great view! In the evening she lit a fire for us to gather around and continue chatting, and the next day she stored my bags while I explored Kaikoura. I wish I could have stayed here longer!
    Great location and perfect for making friends
  • 5
    By far the best place to stay in Kaikoura. Friendly hosts, clean and spacious rooms, reasonable prices, close to pubs and stores and the beach, and the view from the veranda and garden is simply breathtaking. And they come with an adorable hostel cat, Maui! I lived at Dolphin Lodge for several months while working in Kaikoura and I enjoyed every single day there. Truly your home away from home.
    Best place to stay in Kaikoura
  • It is really well located. small backpackers which feel more like home than a hostel. a deck and backyard with an amazing view. a short walk uphill from the bus stop, really nice!
    It is really well located

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