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Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 16 May 2013 via mobile

They have the best location from all the places in kaikoura. From their terrace you look at the sea, place is in town. Big lounge room with comfy couches, big tv with DVD player. Big kitchen. Nice rooms. All was perfect. Paid 65$ for double with shared bathroom.

Thank KarolaVicky
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 14 May 2013

The Fishtank is a nice hostel in the centre of town. Kaikoura is a small town, so not noisy at all, even in the centre of the city where this hostel is located. It is a short walk to the tour operators for whale watching, dolphin encounters and loads of other cool stuff. Craig, the host, is a really nice,...

1Thank Joris V
Reviewed 6 May 2013

This Backpack is one of the best I stay in NZ yet ! Lots of nice paintings on the walls, clean and comfy common area, 50m from the beach and straight in front of the bus stop ! The new manager is very helpfull and give good advice on what to do in the area. I'll defenitly come back to...

Thank reka787
Lyttelton, New Zealand
Reviewed 2 May 2013

We took off to Kaikoura and were wondering where to stay, so tried the Fish Tank Lodge first and were impressed about the service and liked the quirky place with all those amazing paintings! Our room downstairs " with mountain view " ;))) ( bit ironically expressed) was a bit smelling like mushrooms :( , but the mattresses were really...

Thank Charlotte T
Reviewed 28 April 2013

If you are young and love to party till "all hours," this may be the place for you, but if you would appreciate a quiet, clean place to sleep, look elsewhere. The bedroom (we had a double) was ok, but had windows that opened out to the deck, upon which sat two or three people who talked loudly and long...

Thank Nancy K
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Reviewed 26 April 2013

Situated on the Esplanade in Kaikoura with views from its balcony to the sea and the mountains this Backpackers Lodge is perfectly situated. On the main street close to all amenities and with a good front desk for bookings. The lounge is spacious and comfortable. Large fully equipped kitchen. Dorm beds are comfy and the dorm rooms are not crowded....

Thank Stephen H
Reviewed 18 April 2013 via mobile

Had a fab three nights in one of the double rooms, hostel is ran by the nicest guy called Craig who is always happy to help! The location is amazing 20 metres from I sight and pubs shops etc! Can almost see the sea! Incredible!

Thank Katiemay1994
Manchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 16 April 2013

Stayed here for one night whilst on an organised tour. Got a room downstairs which had a very musty smell and was not the cleanest. The rooms upstairs did seem somewhat better and the common room / lounge was quite nice. Reception was manned on an ad-hoc basis and was not the most helpful. Quite often reception was just a...

Thank SirLesofBurnley
Reviewed 9 April 2013 via mobile

The room was small but tidy. The facilities were clean during the day. The main problem was the common area which was supposed to be closed off later at night. Unfortunately it was not. We were awoken at 1am by one noisy group then by another at 4am. As a result we had little sleep. In addition we had advised...

Thank MirandaAus
Reviewed 6 April 2013

Unique decor with marine life painted on the walls and ceiling - hence the name fish tank. Outside balcony, large clean kitchen, friendly helpful proprietor. Laid back, comfortable, friendly feel, not overun with notices and rules. Cheapest hostel in New Zealand - and the best bit - get off the bus with all your heavy backpacking bags and take one...

Thank C0ral5

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Located in the heart of Kaikoura with uninterrupted views of the ocean and mountains is the cosy Fish Tank Lodge. Beds are seriously comfortable with crisp clean linen already made up for you and the national buses stop right outside the front door. The kitchen is fully equipped and the lounge warm and cosy with some awesome artwork which is a must see! Feel right at home here with free tea and coffee and a warm kiwi welcome to Kaikoura. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Fish Tank Lodge

Address: 86 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Number of rooms: 10
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“If you don't mind to spend more but rather have more quietness, the private en-suite on first floor might be better.”
 of 5 bubbles automidori, 6 Jan 2016 | Read review
“I did the deep sea fishing trip. Was great pulling up the baskets and then cooking one for dinner that night. Doesn't get any more fresh 😊”
 of 5 bubbles ptwanderer123, 5 Feb 2015 | Read review
“We stayed in a 3-bed dorm on the ground floor for $60 per night in early January. Linens were clean and comfortable. Because the room was beside two bathrooms so it was quite humid and noisy, especially at night. The double room beside it looks like a much better choice (with its won bathroom)”
 of 5 bubbles RataNtree, 11 Jan 2015 | Read review
“For 5$ extra get double room. More space more privacy”
 of 5 bubbles Grillettinaa, 5 Aug 2014 | Read review
“I think the 3-bed dorm gives a possibility of a single bed, which I myself prefer. Otherwise the rooms do not really have views, but the lounge does, a nice one.”
 of 5 bubbles boxfishlover, 17 Feb 2014 | Read review
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