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!

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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.
  • WIFI - Free unlimited WiFi is available throughout the hostel.
  • Parking - Free car parks are available at the back of the hostel or on street.
  • Smoking - Rooms are smoke-free, you can smoke outside.
  • Kitchen - Well-equipped communal kitchen for your self-service.
  • Kitchen - Storage available at reception for luggage and personal goods.
  • Access - Wheelchair access is throughout the hostel.
  • Swimming Pool & Spa - Access to swimming pool and spa situated at Dusky Lodge across the road.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 State Highway 1. Please keep updated with the NZTA at travel-information.
  • Can I use Alipay/Union Pay at your hostel?
    Yes you most definitely can use Alipay/Union Pay as payment at our Hostel.
  • Can I Check In after 7pm?
    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 in a key box outside reception with your name on it, along with your room number and our WIFI password. If you cannot get into the hostel, please ring the phone number for the Night Manager.