Great stay! The lodge had all the essentials and made it easy to stay with two family members and a dog (pet friendly yay!). We were heading up Mt Fyffe the next morning so the lodge had everything we need to have dinner that night and prepare breakfast in the morning. Easy, convenient and would definitely stay again.


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 is an absolute highlight! Highly recommend staying here. Also the town Centre, shops and Beach are in walking distance

Nicole Prieg

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


I stayed in a Standard 4 Bed Mixed Dorm. I loved it even though our stay was only for 14 hours. I must appreciate the team who ensured my tripod stand was kept safe for three weeks until I realised I had forgotten the tripod at Dusky and facilitated the return via courier. Thank you, team Dusky! We will definitely visit again. :) Cheers


Great basic accommodation. The pool was a real hit and having the bar / restaurant beside was awesome.

Maarty Schaap

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.

Michelle Bennett

Awesome pool and spa, beautiful amenities, very clean and modern, wonderful staff

Veva Maree

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