An amazingly well-equipped kitchen, including many spices, was the highlight for us in this hostel. Lovely rooms and building. Staff availability was a bit hit-and-miss, but friendly when there.
Breathe the scent of the South Pacific Ocean and view the majestic mountain ranges, with the ever changing living picture windows from our beach front location, or relax and soak up the atmosphere in our courtyard/ pergola area. Explore the Kaikoura Peninsula, bird sanctuary and fur seal colonies.
Prepare yourself for the delights of a unique marine experience with sperm whales or swim with the dusky dolphins! Seal snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking, horse trekking. View the Southern Hemisphere Night Sky with Hussein.
We are a booking agent for most activities in the area.
If arriving after 8pm please email hostel or phone us to arrange after hours access.
To cancel any bookings a NZ$5.00 cancellation fee applies per transaction. For cancellations made before 6pm the day before arrival - full refund. For cancellations made after 6pm the day before arrival - no refund for the first night.
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An amazingly well-equipped kitchen, including many spices, was the highlight for us in this hostel. Lovely rooms and building. Staff availability was a bit hit-and-miss, but friendly when there. Location is halfway between town and the seal colony, which can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it. We didn't mind the walk all that much, but I can see people being less positive about this. Really nice view over the water, though.
We arrived here around 4pm and rushed off to see the seals which were only about 2km walk south (past the seafood stall on the side of the road that cooks up fresh crayfish and mussels and scallops etc for you on the spot - very cool!)
The hostel looks out over the water (well the road and car parks first, then the water) and out towards kaikora central, around the bay. I had thought that this hostel was in town but that is not the case. Its about 20-30 mins walk depending on how fast you walk. They have only one taxi/shuttle service in town (according to the hostel) and they charge $8 per person, per trip to or from town!! We decided that was too much so we decided not to have a few drinks and drove into town instead. It was about 8pm on a monday night and the only place in town that we found open was a take out joint, which deep fry's their lasagne's! Not great....
There was about 8 car parks i think, out the front of the hostel and we were lucky enough to get one. The recpetionist was lovely and very knowledgable of the area. And they had a nice outdoor area out the front/side for the smokers. The twin room we had was comfy and quite spacious. A bit of a treck to the ladies only bathrooms though. And quite a good view from our window on the side of the building. We didnt use the kitchen facilities so i have no comment on that sorry.
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Location awesome for the view on the mountains with the same at three meters from your room but be carefull the price is not the same if you are not a YHA member (+ 3 dollars) and flies in the kitchen
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