Wonderful stay at Dusky! Such a warm welcome from Russel and George, and friendly fellow backpackers and travelling families. This place caters to all. Spa pool with a view of the mountains, what luxury! The kitchen and lounge was clean and spacious, as were the bathrooms. Super comfy bed too. Thank you, I'll be back!
Awesome location, lovely pools, friendly helpful staff and clean facilities. It is very good value for money. The kitchen is well equipped. The showers have amazing pressure. The Mexican restaurant on-site is very good too.
Clean and plenty facilities, good Wifi, very affordable and excellent staff. The hostel Dog George is an absolute highlight! Highly recommend staying here. Also the town Centre, shops and Beach are in walking distance
We stayed for one night and it was fantastic! We got a private family room with an ensuite, the beds were nice and the room was spacious. The pool and spa were lovely, We went to the Mexican restaurant next to the pool and the food was delicious! The views were lovely too, and the back packers dog George was adorable. We really enjoyed our stay and we will be back
Rooms, kitchen and toilets are very neat tidy. I never stayed in backpackers before.However this time i really enjoyed my stay there. They got some really helpful staff named Russell and a Chinese cleaning staff who guided me to visit the local places. The attraction here is the Hot water Spa
Great basic accommodation. The pool was a real hit and having the bar / restaurant beside was awesome.
Clean and well presented rooms with very well organised kitchen with great storage and very clean. Great service for our late check in and friendly reception staff. My daughter very much enjoyed the swimming pool and spa and handy to have the mexican cafe onsite with delicious and excellent value lunch specials. Keep up the great job team.
Awesome pool and spa, beautiful amenities, very clean and modern, wonderful staff
Bruce – Renwick Premiers, 2021 The facilities and accommodation were excellent and perfect for the boys stay and the Management and players would like to say thank you.
Bruce – Renwick Premiers
Sue Keall – Victoria University of Wellington, 2020 Awesome accommodation option for a group. Great facilities and potential for bespoke requests. Staff always friendly and helpful.
Sue Keall – Victoria University of Wellington
Josh Borella – Frontiers Abroad Instructor, 2019 Frontiers Abroad has been coming to the Dusky lodge for several years now and typically we come twice a year with 40-50 geology and environmental science students from the United States. Claire and the rest of the Dusky Lodge crew are incredible and always doing what they can to accommodate our students and instructors. The facilities are first-rate, and with the pool and spa up and running now, the students are loving it! Last time we were at the Dusky, Claire spoke with our students about her experience of the devastating 2016 November earthquake. They were blown away by how central the Dusky Lodge was to keeping locals together and surviving through the earthquake and aftershocks. The students always comment on how much they enjoy their experience at the Dusky Lodge. Its location from town is perfect = just far enough away for a bit of peace, but within easy walking distance to food and beverage. The kitchens and pool/spa provide great meeting spots for story sharing and also engaging with other travelers. I highly recommend the Dusky Lodge to any small or large group wanting to get an authentic taste of Kaikoura!
Josh Borella – Frontiers Abroad Instructor, 2019