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Dolphin Lodge Backpackers
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Toronto, Canada
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“Liked this Hostel a LOT!”
Reviewed 11 July 2012

This is a lovely hostel! Just perfect for someone looking to spend a few days in this beautiful area. Very peaceful. It has a "home" feel to it...when you have been travelling a while, you really appreciate that. Good and well-stocked kitchen with a cosy lounge, The rooms were very clean and comfortable. Great views over the bay and an easy walk into town. Friendly and helpful owners. Kaikoura is an ideal spot to chill out for a few days and this is a nice place to do it!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2012

Really nice place right near the main town area in Kaikoura - 2 min walk. Had a double with ensuite for 67 NZD.
Friendly couple owners who live upstairs. Obviously popular with lots of travellers staying there at the same time.
Nice kitchen and lounge, feels like a proper home. Cat included.
Bonus - hot tub in the garden which was great.
Room was clean, comfortable, heater provided. Electricity on 30min time out. Next to laundry room but not a problem as not used after 9pm.
Would stay again. No issues.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2012

this place is very cosy and quiet! the backpackers here are all very quiet! room was just nice and bathroom was allright! recommended although its a bit out of way to town if u are driving, gotten make one big round in! didnt explore much due to some things held up during that time! but the morning view at the gardens was beautiful!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
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Paphos
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

Stayed here for 2 nights. A nice relaxed atmosphere, well equipped kitchen and large living area. Room was clean and comfortable. Log fire in the living area. Wonderful views over the bay. Friendly staff. Quick walk into town for great fish and chips.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2012

Huge communal kitchen, lots of public spaces, room was clean and bathroom too.

Only hiccup was the town's fire alarm that goes off at odd hours in the day,i.e at 2am, but that can't be help.

Internet here and everywhere else in NZ is limiting though.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

Stayed at Dolphin Lodge over Christmas and New Year (2011/2012) and had such a lovely time. The hostel is really chilled out, the hot tub is warm and the gardens are beautiful. The view over the bay is amazing and the Paul and Bev (who run the place) are just so friendly and helpful. The place is clean and tidy and there is even a resident cat wandering around to make the place making it feel wonderfully homely. Loved it.

The only downside of Dolphin Lodge that I can think of is that the place could do with a little modernisation. In particular, the hot tub isn't fully functioning (but it is still warm and lovely) and the fridge looks like it's on it's last legs, but that didn't detract from the atmosphere and lovely stay I had there.

This was the only place I stayed in Kaikoura, so I can't be sure it is the best, but when I come back, I'll be staying at Dolphin Lodge again.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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Oldemarkt
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

Hey,

We spent here a long time ago. Not realy in Dolphin, but at the owners house. I think it was in 1993. Now, looking back at the good old time, I remember, Kaikoura was Fantastic!! We hope to go there soon!
Martin & Jacky Kraak - Oldemarkt - The Netherlands

Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Dolphin Lodge Backpackers
Address: 15 Deal Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
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Ranked #8 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Dolphin Lodge Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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