Dusky Lodge & Backpackers

Dusky Lodge & Backpackers is Kaikoura’s largest hostel welcoming budget travelers, adventurers and groups. We offer a clean homely environment with a choice of 4,6,8,10 bed bunk rooms, doubles, twins, triples, en-suite and family rooms with heaters in all rooms. Bed linen and pillows are provided and unlimited free wifi. We have 3 large kitchens fully equipped as well as BBQ’s on the decks free to use.  Our outdoor heated pool and spa are open for summer along with Sicraios Mexican cafe open from 10am – 9pm Daily.

(Bookings are made via our booking page, please add a note in the booking that you are a member or just give us a call or walk in with your membership, see you soon!)

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Hostel Amenities

We have a lovely outdoor pool and spa for all our guests to enjoy along with 3 large kitchens and a computer room.
  • WiFi - Free unlimited WiFi is available throughout the hostel and computers in the common room.
  • Parking - Free car parks are available in front of the hostel or outside on the street.
  • Smoking - Rooms are smoke-free, you can smoke outside on the balcony or courtyard.
  • Kitchen - Large, fully equipped communal kitchen for your self-service.
  • Storage - Storage available at reception for luggage and personal goods.
  • Access - Wheelchair access is throughout the hostel.
  • Swimming Pool & Spa - We have a large salt water pool outdoors and spa pool.


  • Can we go whale watching?
    Yes! You can go whale watching on a boat with whale watch Kaikoura or jump a plane or helicopter to see these beautiful creatures. Our helpful staff at reception can help you book these. If you are a TBG member you will need to book direct with the activity to get your discount.
  • Do you have WIFI?
    Yes! WIFI is free and unlimited!!!!! It is available throughout the building and bedrooms. Even on the deck so you can skype home and make everyone jealous with the view!
  • Do you have parking?
    Yes! We are very lucky to have ample parking behind and in front of our building.
  • Where can we eat crayfish?
    There are lots of options for eating this in Kaikoura from the restaurants in town to the famous seafood BBQ by the beach. If you are feeling more adventurous you can go fishing or diving and catch your own.
  • What can you do on a rainy day in Kaikoura?
    Yes! It can rain even in this bit of paradise we call home. We say don’t let it stop you. The views here can be more dramatic with bad weather. The wildlife here are not discouraged with bad weather and you can still see the seals and other wildlife. If you really want to stay dry you can visit the new Kaikoura Museum.
  • Is there a supermarket?
    Yes!! There is a big New World located a one Minute drive or a 10 Minute walk from the Hostel.
  • What free Activities are there?
    Kaikoura is beautiful so even a walk on the beach is worthwhile. There are a few spectacular hikes around. The most popular is the Kaikoura Peninsula walkway. This is a 3.5 hour loop walk from the Hostel. It takes you all along the beachfront, to visit the seals at the seal colony, past the seafood bbq and up along the stunning peninsula then back to the hostel. Another popular activity is going up to the lookout at sunrise or sunset. The views are hard to beat.
  • Where is Ohau with the Baby seals in the waterfall?
    Ohau is a very special place where baby seals can be found playing in a waterfall. Unfortunately this area is currently inaccessible due to the earthquake. Hopefully access will be restored to this natural wonder shortly. Don’t worry we have confirmation the seals are still there and having fun.
  • Are the roads now open to Kaikoura?
    Since the November 2016 earthquake travel to Kaikoura has been a little different. Currently you can access us from the south on the Inland road 24/7 Please keep updated with the NZTA at https://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic-and- travel-information/ or go onto our website to view road conditions.
  • Can I use Alipay/Union Pay at your hostel?
    Yes you most definitely can use Alipay/Union Pay as payment at our Hostel. Check also our Chinese Page on our website.
  • Can I Check In after 9pm?
    Yes you can! If you’re arriving after 7PM, we will need to email you our late arrival instructions. You will get a code for the front door and your key will be on the reception desk with your name on it, along with your room number and our WIFI password.

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Urgent Coronavirus Update

Anyone that has arrived into New Zealand from Monday 16th March 1am is required to self-isolate for 14 days.  If you do not do this you will be deported out of New Zealand if you are caught. If you need advice you can call the health line  0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453  Do not enter a hostel, a hospital or a doctors clinic instead call the health line if you think you have the coronavirus.  If you need somewhere to self-isolate we might be able to help you so send an email to [email protected]co.nz.  Many hostels are now checking your passports to see when you have entered the country and will report you to the police if you are not following the New Zealand requirements.