Dusky Lodge

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Outdoor spa tub
Seasonal outdoor pool
Seasonal outdoor pool
In-room safe, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Dusky Lodge

Dusky Lodge

2.0 star property

3.9/5 Good

Guests rated this property 4.0/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Parking included
  • Pet-friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Business services
67 Beach Road, Kaikoura, 7300

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationKaikoura Visitor Centre10 min walk
  • Popular LocationKaikoura District Museum11 min walk
  • Popular LocationKaikoura Beach16 min walk
  • AirportKaikoura (KBZ)7 min drive

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About this area


Located in Kaikoura, Dusky Lodge is in a rural area and near the beach. Travellers eager for a bit of culture can stop by Kaikoura Museum, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Kaikoura Beach and Mount Fyffe. Take the opportunity to explore the area for outdoor excitement like mountain climbing and other activities like whale watching. Guests appreciate the hostel's location for the sightseeing.

What's nearby

  • Kaikoura Museum - 9 min walk
  • Kaikoura Visitor Centre - 10 min walk
  • Kaikoura District Museum - 11 min walk
  • Kaikoura Beach - 16 min walk
  • Fyffe House - 5 min drive

Getting around

  • Christchurch International Airport (CHC) - 136 min drive


  • Cods and Crayfish - 2 min walk
  • Beach House Cafe - 3 min walk
  • Black Rabbit Pizza - 5 min walk
  • Sakim Bento - 8 min walk
  • Slam Club - 8 min walk

About this property

Dusky Lodge

Hostel with free parking, near Kaikoura Museum
This hostel features a restaurant, a bar/lounge and a snack bar/deli. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a coffee shop/cafe, a spa tub and coffee/tea in a common area.
Dusky Lodge offers 40 accommodations with a safe. This Kaikoura hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.
A seasonal outdoor pool and a spa tub are on site.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Languages spoken

Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German

Cleaning and safety practices

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Free self-parking on site

Food and drink

  • 1 restaurant and 1 coffee shop/cafe
  • 1 bar
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

Restaurants on site

  • Sicarios

Things to do

  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Seasonal outdoor pool
  • Hot tub

Family friendly

  • Seasonal outdoor pool
  • Snack bar/deli


  • Front-desk safe
  • No lifts

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Business services

  • Computer station


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Terrace


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Upper floors only accessible by stairs


  • Designated smoking areas
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Bed sheets


  • Safe

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Check-in from 2 PM - 6:00 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
If you are planning to arrive after 6:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets are allowed for an extra charge of NZD 20 per pet, per stay
Service animals are welcome, and are exempt from fees

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types at the property

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Pet fee: NZD 20 per pet, per stay
  • Service animals are exempt from fees
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted

National rating

This property does not have a Qualmark® rating. For the benefit of our customers, we have provided a rating based on our ratings system.

Property is also known as

Dusky Lodge Backpackers Kaikoura
Dusky Lodge Backpackers
Dusky Backpackers Kaikoura
Dusky Backpackers
Dusky Lodge Kaikoura
Dusky Lodge Backpackers
Dusky Lodge Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Dusky Lodge Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Kaikoura

Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 39 out of 133 reviews
5 - Excellent 29%
Rating 4 - Good. 59 out of 133 reviews
4 - Good 44%
Rating 3 - Okay. 21 out of 133 reviews
3 - Okay 16%
Rating 2 - Poor. 12 out of 133 reviews
2 - Poor 9%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 2 out of 133 reviews
1 - Terrible 2%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



3/5 Okay

Travelled with family, Travelled with family and small children, Travelled with partner, Travelled with group
The manager was really rude to my kids going in to pool area when there was no sign or anything to say pool was closed so we assumed it was open.. the bunks didn’t have sides and were dangerous even for adults as the floor was quite hard below.. the double bed was uncomfortable and old, and was getting bitten in it..
Stayed 2 nights in Apr 2022

4/5 Good

Travelled with family and small children
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Friendly staff room is ok just downfall is others not taking notice of rules no noise after 10pm but not a reflection on the accommodation.
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2022

3/5 Okay

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Was lovely
Stayed 3 nights in Feb 2022

4/5 Good

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Great budget Accom for family. It was quiet though so not sure if it was busy
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2022

2/5 Poor

Disliked: Staff & service
Deserted . No staff , rundown and facilities not working. Shower drain blocked, spa pool not working
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2022

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
We were welcomed with a huge smile and made to feel very welcome. Our young man loved the fact there were bunks and a swimming pool. would certainly stay again and highly recommended.
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2022

2/5 Poor

Travelled with family
Liked: Amenities
Disliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities
Well positioned. Dirty cutlery and drawers. Very noisy room, wasn't told that we would need the ear plugs that were supplied! must have been very thin floorboards with no insulation or noise deadening properties.
Stayed 1 night in Jan 2022

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
closeness to town.
Stayed 3 nights in Dec 2021

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Great getaway stay
Dusky lodge was great! Clean, comfy, convenient, great space. Quiet too. The bunk was cheap. Wow.
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2021

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with family
Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Everything was great everyone enjoyed it
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2021