Dusky Lodge

67 Beach Road, Kaikoura, Christchurch-Canterbury, New Zealand

11 Reviews

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69%

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  • Families57
  • Couples48
  • Solo25
  • Business50
  • martin_nl's Profile Photo

    Dusky Lodge

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    This is a very nice hostel, though it is quite a walk to get into town. The rooms are very spacious and clean. There is a veranda at the back with with a swimming pool and great views of the mountains!! Bathroom and showers are good and clean, and the common areas are spacious too.

    Directions: Follow Beach Road and it's on your left if you come from town.

  • Kate-Me's Profile Photo

    Dusky lounge

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    Unique Quality: Great set up in the Dusky 1 lounge, plenty of things to do (including another self serve internet terminal in the other corner. Cost: $2 for 20 minutes which is at least better than the $2.50 for 15 minutes we found in some towns. No cheaper in town at the library.
    That just seemed to be the standard rate.

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    Dusky 8 - lounge

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    Dusky 1's lounge was a bit smaller, as it shared one end with the entryway/check in desk. There was still room for couches and a few chairs, tv, video, video cassettes, and to the right, you may just be able to see the unique Internet terminal, mounted on a flat sawn small table (as in the dining and lounge in Dusky 2) with a tree trunk as its base! Very unique.

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    Dusky 7 - lounge

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    Unique Quality: The thing I liked about the Dusky lounges and dining areas, were the high glossed tables made of sawn timber, as you can see in the photo. We have them in Australia too, but they're expensive (as no doubt here too) and you'd never see one in a backpackers!

    Makes the place look even more quality filled than it is already.
    The lounges also had large newish tv's, video players, plenty of video tapes, new hi-fi systems - all the comforts of home and then some!

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    Dusky 6 - Kitchen

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    If the large kitchen in Dusky 1 is busy, you can always cross the front decking and use the one in Dusky 2, as we had to do.
    I was hard pressed to decide which one I liked best, they were both so good.

    Unique Quality: large kitchen, plenty of cook tops, island bench in the middle with extra cooking (great for avoiding congestion with other people cooking) new looking glass fronted fridges.

    Amazing too, how well equipped these kitchens were: all the utensils you could want, often matching plates, no chipped and odd plates or burned in black saucepans that you tend to expect at most Backpackers.
    Everything was in such good condition, I don't know how they did it! Some people's houses wouldn't be anywhere near this well equipped.
    And guests even seemed to follow the signs and do their own dishes and put them away, so all was nice and clean!

    Another bonus: like at Bad Jelly, the owners provided free bread each day, and even went one further with free buns and cakes too!
    It had the added advantage of bringing hostel guests out of their dorms and other common rooms together to the once place: the kitchen at 4.30 to get cakes!

    As you can imagine, hostel guests dived on the food, but the owners made sure there was still enough for everybody, even those like us who forgot what time it was and didn't reach the kitchen till much later.

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    Dusky 5

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    Unique Quality: It may have been too cold to use the pool, but at night there were plenty of people relaxing in the spa over drinks.

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    Dusky 4

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    Unique Quality: One of the best (and totally unexpected) facilities of Dusky, is its huge in ground swimming pool with surrounding decking.

    You walk out the back of either Dusky, through the kitchen, and find yourself on decking where there is a BBQ set up, chairs & tables, and a jacuzzi, then down the steps is the swimming pool, looking rather new, especially as there were many workmen there, in the process of creating another spa, this time a built in one, at the edge of the swimming pool. This place is great and really looks to be going ahead! (Just a pity it was only 15 degrees and a swim was out of the question!).

    And the backdrop this time, instead of the main street of town or the sea, is a rural one, with rolling hills and cows. Very restful.

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    Dusky 2

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    This is the other building belonging to Dusky Lodge, next door, which looks a little older from the outside, but inside the bathroom and common rooms and carpet and all else look as brand new as in the red brick Dusky building.

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    Dusky 1

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    After Dusky Lodge, we weren't sure what to expect here (as the owner either owns this place or is a part owner of it)...but I was reassured that it is quite normal!

    My first impressions: huge, many young people from all over the place checking in (lucky the check in desk is huge and the staff appear efficient) but yet for its size, it doesn't have an impersonal feel as some large backpackers can have.

    In fact, Dusky was like 2 large backpackers put together, situated in 2 large buildings, right next to each other, each having its own huge kitchen, lounge area, and good, brand new looking toilet & shower facility room (about 5 toilets and 2 showers, immaculately clean).

    Unique Quality: Here is a pic of our end of Dusky. Our double room was just down the corridor from the tv room and check in desk, but the walls must have been thick, as, unlike Bad Jelly where my head was against the wall of the tv room, we barely heard a thing from inside.

    Rate for our room: about $55 double. Really good value and one of the best (if not THE best equipped) backpackers of the trip!
    Further details follow....

    Directions: Only about 800 mts from the centre of town, in the same street.

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    South Island's best value hostel by far...

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    The Dusky Lodge Hostel in Kaikoura has to be one of my favourite ever. For NZ$18 I got a bed in a nice clean dorm, free tea and coffee, free bike hire, helpful staff, good facilities and free cakes and sandwiches in the afternoon. Okay this is an ‘old’ recommendation, I passed through there in May of 2002, but I would be stunned if they’d changed such a winning formula since.

    Unique Quality: You get use of a outside jacuzzi qith a stunning view of the Southern Alps!

  • dragontml's Profile Photo

    Hostel

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    I heard great comments about this hostel and so I decided to book my stay here for a few days. It was good, clean & comfortable.

    Unique Quality: This hostel is located next to a bakery and almost every evening there was free cakes given from the bakery.

    There is also a hot tub outside but I did not go for it as it was cold weather.

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