Dusky Lodge

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Outdoor spa tub
Seasonal outdoor pool
Seasonal outdoor pool
Standard Twin, Shared Bathroom | In-room safe, free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Dusky Lodge

Dusky Lodge

2.0 star property
Mountain hostel with restaurant, near Kaikoura Museum

7,8/10 Good

140 verified Hotels.com guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
67 Beach Road, Kaikoura, 7300
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Near the beach
  • Restaurant and bar/lounge
  • Seasonal outdoor pool
  • Spa tub
  • Coffee shop/cafe
  • Terrace
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Computer station
  • Front desk safe
  • Snack bar/deli
  • Microwave in a common area
Feel at home
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Barbecue grill(s)
  • Free self parking
  • Kids' menu
  • Outdoor seasonal pool

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About this area

Getting around

  • Blenheim (BHE-Woodbourne) - 101 min drive
  • Christchurch International Airport (CHC) - 136 min drive


  • Cods and Crayfish - 2 min walk
  • Beach House Cafe - 3 min walk
  • Black Rabbit Pizza - 5 min walk
  • Sakim Bento - 8 min walk
  • Slam Club - 8 min walk

About this property

Dusky Lodge

Hostel in the mountains
At Dusky Lodge, you can look forward to a terrace, a coffee shop/cafe, and a bar. For some rest and relaxation, visit the hot tub. The onsite café, Sicarios, features brunch and a poolside location. Stay connected with free in-room WiFi.
Other perks at this hostel include:
  • A seasonal outdoor pool
  • Free self parking
  • Luggage storage, multilingual staff, and a TV in the lobby
  • A front desk safe, tour/ticket assistance, and a computer station
  • Guest reviews say good things about the helpful staff and walkable location
Room features
All guestrooms at Dusky Lodge offer amenities such as free WiFi.


Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German

Cleaning and safety practices

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 40 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 10 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • If you are planning to arrive after 6:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets allowed*
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Barbecue grills
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared refrigerator
  • Snack bar/deli

Traveling with children

  • Children's menu

What to do

  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Beach nearby
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Mountain climbing nearby
  • Whale-watching nearby

Working away

  • Computer station


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Terrace
  • Television in common areas
  • Seasonal outdoor pool
  • Spa tub


  • Upper floors accessible by stairs only


  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • English
  • French
  • German

Room amenities

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi


  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe

Special features


Sicarios - This poolside café serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. 1-star Michelin rating. A children's menu is available.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge


  • Service animals exempt from fees
  • Pets are allowed for an extra charge of NZD 20 per pet, per stay

Hygiene & cleanliness

Social distancing measures are in place.


This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession

This property does not have elevators.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Dusky Lodge Backpackers Kaikoura
Dusky Lodge Backpackers
Dusky Backpackers Kaikoura
Dusky Backpackers
Dusky Lodge Kaikoura
Dusky Lodge Backpackers
Dusky Lodge Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Dusky Lodge Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Kaikoura

Frequently asked questions

Does Dusky Lodge offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Dusky Lodge does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Dusky Lodge?
As of 06 October 2022, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Dusky Lodge on 07 October 2022 start from R819, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Dusky Lodge?
This property confirms that social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Dusky Lodge?
Yes, there's a seasonal outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Dusky Lodge?
Yes, pets are welcome. There's a charge of NZD 20 per pet, per stay. Service animals are exempt from fees.
Is parking offered on site at Dusky Lodge?
Yes, there's free self parking.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Dusky Lodge?
You can check in from 2 PM - 6:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
What is there to do at Dusky Lodge and nearby?
Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as hiking. Relax in the spa tub after a day on the slopes or enjoy the use of a seasonal outdoor pool.
Are there restaurants at or near Dusky Lodge?
Yes, Sicarios offers poolside dining. Nearby restaurants include Black Rabbit Pizza (5-min walk), Sakim Bento (8-min walk), and Slam Club (8-min walk).
What's the area around Dusky Lodge like?
Dusky Lodge is a short 9-minute walk from Kaikoura Museum and 16 minutes' walk from Kaikoura Beach. The local area is walkable and popular for its beaches.

Overall score and ratings






Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities



4/10 Fair

Olga, 1-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

6/10 Good

Ruofan, 2-night trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

8/10 Very good

Todd, 1-night family trip
Verified Hotels.com guest review

6/10 Good

The manager was really rude to my kids going in to pool area when there was no sign or anything to say pool was closed so we assumed it was open.. the bunks didn’t have sides and were dangerous even for adults as the floor was quite hard below.. the double bed was uncomfortable and old, and was getting bitten in it..
Chloe, 2-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Friendly staff room is ok just downfall is others not taking notice of rules no noise after 10pm but not a reflection on the accommodation.
James, 1-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

6/10 Good

Was lovely
Lana, 3-night family trip
Verified Expedia guest review

8/10 Very good

Great budget Accom for family. It was quiet though so not sure if it was busy
Renee, 1-night family trip
Verified Wotif guest review

4/10 Fair

Deserted . No staff , rundown and facilities not working. Shower drain blocked, spa pool not working
Dorette, 1-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

We were welcomed with a huge smile and made to feel very welcome. Our young man loved the fact there were bunks and a swimming pool. would certainly stay again and highly recommended.
Rachael, 1-night trip
Verified Wotif guest review

4/10 Fair

Well positioned. Dirty cutlery and drawers. Very noisy room, wasn't told that we would need the ear plugs that were supplied! must have been very thin floorboards with no insulation or noise deadening properties.
David, 1-night family trip
Verified Wotif guest review