The Lyell Creek Lodge in Kaikoura is my all-time favourite hostel in all of New Zealand. Even though it's a bit of a walk from the town of Kaikoura itself (15 mins), but for me, it's the best one I've stayed in and I've stayed there 3 times now. The guy that runs the hostel, Aaron, has always been very helpful, it's very clean, has two kitchen areas,(upstairs and downstairs), a log fire for the cold nights and a lovely garden area at the back of the hostel, by a little stream. I love the feel of the place - it's cosy, warm and just has a very homely feel to it. Even though the hostels in town are more central, they can be noisy but Lyell Creek is lovely and quiet. I would highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Quality Backpackers for the independent & mobile traveler. Small, clean, quiet & homely. Mountain views and a peaceful garden & creek area. Eight private rooms, three with en-suite bathrooms. Two fully equipped kitchens. Log fire in lounge, off-street parking. TV & heaters in all rooms. Wireless & internet access. Guests laundry facilities. Free use of mountain bikes & BBQ cooker. Winter specials / discounts. All linen provided including towels & soap. Complimentary hot drinks. Relax & unwind in beautiful Kaikoura. ... more less