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“Nice small rooms, free homemade bread!”

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Bad Jelly Backpackers
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Denver, Colorado
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21 reviews
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“Nice small rooms, free homemade bread!”
Reviewed 28 July 2012

This place is small, just about 6 rooms. The rooms are small, but clean and modern enough. The kitchen space and living area are clean and comfortable. The showers/toilets also nice. There are laundry machines available for use. A short walk into the center of town. The only real downside is that it is close to the main road and you can hear trucks zooming by in the middle of the night.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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ANNETTE K, Owner at Bad Jelly Backpackers, responded to this review, 30 July 2012
Thank you for your feedback. We try to achieve a home away from home atmosphere.
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Reviewed 14 April 2012

We found the Bad Jelly backpackers comfortable and good value. Its a short walk from town, warm, with a large shared lounge/kitchen and clean bathrooms.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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ANNETTE K, Owner at Bad Jelly Backpackers, responded to this review, 30 July 2012
We want you to be well rested so we try to create a cosy environment
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Auckland, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 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, travelled as a couple
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ANNETTE K, Owner at Bad Jelly Backpackers, responded to this review, 30 July 2012
Thank you for choosing our place. We appreciate your feedback.
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 November 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, travelled with friends
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ANNETTE K, Owner at Bad Jelly Backpackers, responded to this review, 30 July 2012
Our place is unique as it has no dorm rooms. So it attracts couples and friends and families.
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australia
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Reviewed 5 August 2009

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

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled solo
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Northampton
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Reviewed 29 May 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
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Property: Bad Jelly Backpackers
Address: 11 Churchill Street, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
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Ranked #11 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Kaikoura
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Number of rooms: 6

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