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Dusky Lodge & Backpackers is a pretty big hostel located some minutes walk from Kaikoura's town center. With free unlimited Wi-Fi, pool, and spa, its big indoor and outdoor spaces with outstanding views to the mountain range are the perfect place for backpackers to meet up and enjoy their time in this beautiful coastal town.
The hostel is located on Beach Road (or State Highway One), where most of Kaikoura's facilities outside the town center are. It is some five minutes' walk from the center of town, and the same distance in the opposite direction from Kaikoura's main supermarket, making it a perfect compromise location. It is also next to a convenience store and several restaurants and fast-food places.
Rooms and Bathrooms
There are several different dorm rooms, from four to twelve beds, and will usually only be fully booked on high season. These dorm rooms have good-quality, sturdy wooden bunk beds with a very convenient personal shelf for the bottom ones, and, in general, enjoy good socket availability as well as Wi-Fi connection. The biggest dormitories have their own bathroom, while others have to rely on the shared bathroom on the main floor. There are both standard and en suite private rooms, well-separated from the dormitories.
This hostel is all about its common spaces. The biggest room is comprised of a fully equipped kitchen with several fridges and two sinks, plus the main lounge, with sofas and a big wooden dining table. Right next to it there's the terrace with several tables, and most importantly, a mesmerizing view of the big, snowy peaks. Altogether, this area becomes the perfect hub for travelers to meet each other and enjoy their weekly pizza night.
Apart from that, the house also has some concealed, less-crowded spaces where you can do some work without being disturbed, plus two desktop computers free of charge. And, last but not least, the outside of the hostel includes a big pool and a spa completely free to use until nighttime, ideal for the warm summer days.
Dusky Lodge is the right place for young (and not-so-young) travelers to have a good time in Kaikoura. The hostel, with its friendly staff, is perfectly designed for the guests to engage with each other and will not disappoint anyone who is looking for a place to make friends for life or just spend a great evening surrounded with like-minded people.
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Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
Published on Dec 17, 2018
Dusky Lodge offers a clean homely environment with natural carved timbers throughout. A great place to relax, unwind and take in the mountain views from our deck. Facilities include 3 kitchens, 3 log fires, sauna, spa pool, heated swimming pool, poolside Thai restaurant, bikes, Internet, pool/fussball tables and video/dvd lounge. Free tea, coffee, breakfast (May to August only) and pickups available (within Kaikoura); off-street parking; walking distance to supermarket and attractions.
Location and Contact
• Situated seven minutes' walk from the town centre, close to Whalewatch, the train station and the supermarket. • PLEASE NOTE THAT : • SH1 south of Kaikōura has night closures from 16 August to late November, • 5 nights (Sunday - Thursday) • TIME • ROAD STATUS • 7:00pm - 9:00pm • Road will be closed for 30-minute intervals from 7pm – 9pm. Following a 30-minute closure the road will re-open to allow queued traffic through, and then close again for 30 minutes. This cycle is repeated until 9pm. (Average wait time 20-25 minutes) • 9:00pm - 9:30pm • Road OPEN for 30 minutes • 9:30pm – 11:30pm • ROAD CLOSED • 11:30pm • Road OPEN to clear queued traffic only. Traffic must be in the queue by 11:30pm to be let through. • 11:35pm – 3am • ROAD CLOSED • 3:00am - 3:30am • Road OPEN for 30 minutes • 3:30am - 7:00am • ROAD CLOSED • 7:00am – 7:00pm • Road OPEN