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Dolphin Lodge Backpackers

Hostel | 15 Deal Street, Kaikoura, New Zealand 7300

88.7% Overall Rating

33 out of 36 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (28/02/2014)

Faith Radford thinks…

"Small, friendly and pleasant hostel, in a good location on the hill above the waterfront – just a few minutes’ walk to the beach or into the main strip of bars etc. From our room (a private double)…"

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  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Safety deposit
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Hot tub / jacuzzi
  • Bicycle hire
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Communal kitchen
  • Outside area
  • Television room

Purchasable Extras

  • Towel USD 0.65

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 12:00
Latest Check-out: 10:00

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to Kaikoura?

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Your home from home in Kaikoura. We are a small, friendly backpackers just 2 minutes walk from the town center and beach.

Located on a quiet residential street, the lodge boasts magnificent views across the Kaikoura coastline and mountain ranges for you to enjoy in a peaceful environment. Read more

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About Dolphin Lodge Backpackers

Dolphin Lodge offers travelers a homely place to stay in the heart of Kaikoura.

Enjoy relaxing in the private garden with decking, barbeque and free hot spa. All of this comes with great views across Kaikoura's coastline and mountains.

All rooms are heated and we have a log fire to keep you cosy and warm in the winter months.

The lodge has a fully equipped kitchen including free herbs and spices, a separate TV lounge with a selection of movies, off-street parking, budget bike rental for you to explore Kaikoura, laundry facilities, 24 hour internet access and wi-fi available (additional charges apply) and friendly staff to make you welcome.

We have a wealth of knowledge of the local area and we can give you lots of great tips on things to do in and around Kaikoura. We can even book your tours for you.

Accommodation Information

Dolphin Lodge has options to suit most budget travelers from dorm beds to double ensuite rooms and we sleep a maximum of 23 people.

Dorm accommodation is kept to small numbers in rooms and we accommodate up to 15 people in 4 share, 5 share and 6 share rooms. When you book a dorm bed you will be allocated to the smallest available share room.

Private double rooms are spacious, with 2 ensuite rooms available (3 private rooms in total).

* All rooms are heated
* Bathrooms have 24 hour hot water
* Double rooms have full linen including towels
* Double rooms have 1 queen size bed, sleeping 2 people
* Towel hire is available for $1

Location Information

Dolphin Lodge is located just 2 minutes walk from town including the I-Site, beach and bus stop.

Kaikoura is famous for whale watching and dolphin swimming all year round and we are just 10 minutes walk to these offices.

There are many other great activities to enjoy in the area including hiking, surfing, scuba diving, seal swimming, skydiving, fishing, helicopter rides, farm parks, horse trekking, quad biking, lavender farm and much more. All this within easy reach of the lodge!

If you enjoy a night out in town then the bars are just a few minutes walk away.