Sunrise Lodge
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Sunrise Lodge is located in the small seaside town of Kaikoura. Kaikoura is blessed with spectacular scenery as the mountains meet the sea. We are now run by Dusky Lodge our bigger sister just 20 meters across the road. All guests are welcome to use the Dusky lodge pool and spa. Sunrise Lodge is only 5 minutes walk to Whale Watch and another 5 minutes walk into town. If you like the smaller cosier hostels then see you soon!
Telephone: 03 3197444

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What do the guests say?



4.5/5 (TripAdvisor)


Guests had very positive comments about the games room and hostel amenities, they said the hostel has a homely feel and felt they were taken care of very well.


Say the location is great


Loved the atmosphere


Would recommend to a friend


Would stay here again

What are the rooms like?

3 bed dorm
4 bed dorm
twin room

Hostel amenities

Sunrise Lodge can hold a maximum of 40 guests, along with the bathroom facilities, game room and relaxing communal areas – you will find the following amenities.

parking Parking – car parks are available at the back of the hostel or on street (free).
smoking Smoking – rooms are smoke-free, you can smoke outside.
kitchen Kitchen – well-equipped communal kitchen for your self-service.
storage Storage – storage available at reception for luggage and personal goods.
wifi Internet – free unlimited WiFi is available throughout the backpackers.
wheelchair Access – wheelchair access is throughout the hostel.
swimming pool Swimming pool – access to swimming pool and spa (situated at Dusky Lodge across the road currently closed due to earthquake maintenance)

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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 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 earthquake damaged roads. We hear the road will re-open in December 2017 and hopefully access will be restored to this natural wonder shortly after. Don’t worry we have confirmation the seals are still there and having fun.

Are the roads to Kaikoura open?

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 and on SHI from Christchurch from Friday to Monday during daytime hours until 6pm. SH1 North from Picton is currently closed but is set to re-open in December 2017.

Please keep updated with the NZTA at travel-information

Can I use Union Pay at your hostel?

Yes you most definitely can use Union Pay as payment at our Hostel.

Can I Check In after 9pm?

Yes you can! If you're arriving after 9PM, 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. If you cannot get into the hostel, please ring the front door bell for the Night Manager.<

Hostel location

Sunrise Lodge is located at 74 Beach Rd, Kaikoura 7300. Here are some things to do near this location:

  • Whale Watching
  • Dusky Lodge out door pool (seasonal) and spa
  • The Emporium mini golf
  • Escape room and brewery