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“Home from Home” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dolphin Lodge Backpackers
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15 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Home from Home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2009

This small friendly hostel was great and a good place to get chatting. What was really nice was the cross section of people and ages, it wasnt full of kids! They really did have an excellent Spa which was put on every night. Moira and Richard are real sweeties and get involved with the guests!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2009

The YHA where we were staying in Kaikoura was getting booked up so they sent us to Dolphin Lodge Backpackers up the hill... we're so glad they did!!! A hostel is a hostel is a hostel, but the people who run a place make all the difference in the world. Moira and Richard have operated Dolphin Lodge for some years and they are just great in so many ways.

First off, the place is everything you need in a backpackers - great price, clean, tidy, hot showers, washer/dryer, comfy beds, internet, central location, nice views of the sea, brochures of local sights... then add free towels, a HOT TUB, fruit trees and herbs (they were more than happy to share), hammocks, bike access and friendly proprietors... and the experience becomes much nicer.

Moira and Richard never seemed to tire of questions, were very proud of their city (they should be, it's a great area) and went above and beyond as far as being kind and helpful. We've been traveling for 3+ years and have, sadly, become used to lukewarm receptions and negative experiences - thank goodness we're still able to appreciate the nice people when they come along!

We highly recommend Dolphin Lodge Backpackers. Call or email them first about vacancy as they stay quite busy.

  • Liked — The proprietors
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Dolphin Lodge Backpackers

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 #7 of 36 Speciality Lodging in Kaikoura
Hotel Class:4 star — Dolphin Lodge Backpackers 4*
Number of rooms: 7
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