Backpacker Hostels in Kaikoura, New Zealand

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Get to know Kaikoura (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Kaikoura. To help you make friends with Kaikoura before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 Get to know Kaikoura (no more

Kaikoura is a grungy little fishing town full of character, beautiful scenery, and lots of adventure. Kaikoura is easily accessible by car or bus from Christchurch, Hanmer Springs, and even Picton. It is the perfect spot for whale watching, exploring seal colonies, and hiking rugged coastal pathways.

If you love fish and chips, Kaikora is the place to be; there you can sit outside in the sun or in the moody grey and enjoy a basket of freshly fried fish and salty chips. Crayfish are a local specialty and can be found in food trucks along the roads near town, where you can order take-away or sit on plastic chairs and watch the ocean scenery. There are also many craft and souvenir shops along the main road if you need to pick up a few gifts and funny tee shirts, or if you just want to wander.

The ocean is on the other side of the main street where you can sit in the rocks and watch the waves across the reflection of a beautiful landscape. If you look carefully, you might even spot a whale or dolphin from the shore. Kaikoura has a few good hikes along the coast or you can spend hours rock hopping as the tide recedes into shallow tide pools. On the way into town, there is a great spot to watch baby seals play in a small waterfall and once you pass through town, you will arrive at a bustling seal colony.

There are a few good choices for hostels in Kaikoura, all within walking distance of the main street and the ocean. Most hostels in Kaikoura can help you arrange dolphin- and whale-watching trips. Kaikoura is an amazing town where the majestic beauty of the mountains mixes with the rugged power of the ocean -- it is a charming stop you are sure to enjoy.

Written by local enthusiast for Kaikoura hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Kaikoura hostels Amanda Haehl

FAQ about Kaikoura Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Kaikoura. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Kaikoura. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Kaikoura costs on average $20 for a dorm. A hostel in Kaikoura with private rooms costs on average $70. shows all 5 Hostels in Kaikoura. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 5 hostels in Kaikoura, New Zealand. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Kaikoura such as
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Kaikoura Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Kaikoura, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
5 Total number of hostels
$20 Average dorm price
$70 Average private room price
$21 Cheapest hostel in Kaikoura
Dusky Lodge & Backpackers is the cheapest
6.5 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Hawkswood (39 Km / 24 mi.)
Waiau (58 Km / 36 mi.)
Hanmer Springs (72 Km / 45 mi.)
Blenheim (102 Km / 63 mi.)
Glenhope (120 Km / 74 mi.)
Havelock (125 Km / 78 mi.)
Richmond (126 Km / 79 mi.)

Travel Tips for Kaikoura - from the Community

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