I’d say mixed bag. We booked a private room which was nice and the paintings in the hostel were beautiful. Free pancakes on Sunday were delightful and it was nice to be walking distance from the beach. We loved Kaikoura. I cannot fault them for the vibes of people there, but our several day stay was pretty much surrounded by people not interacting with each other which was a shame compared to other hostels I’ve visited. I appreciated the eco friendly products and did not find their front of staff particularly warm or inviting. I’d say they should find a way to secure doors as the wind made them slam loudly at all times of day. Overall it was not the experience I expected from such a well rated establishment.
This is a great hostel that very much feels like home. The rooms were nice and clean and the common room feels like your living room. Kitchen was great as was the amazing coffee(not instant!). During our stay it seemed to have a bit of a younger crowd then we were expecting as many seemed to be in their early 20s but it may have been part of a organized group. The rooms have excellent sound proofing as there was quite a party outside that we couldn't hear at all!
About 100 metres from the beach, VERY friendly helpful Australian owners, lots of colourful paintings (hippy style house) on the walls, bathrooms exceptionally clean but a door was missing on one. Tiling is beautiful but VERY slippery, though I think the owner is taking steps to rectify that. Rooms pretty small but beds VERY comfy. A quiet civilised place, kitchen kept spotless and tidy by those staying there, a very nice cleaner and the owners. Security is excellent with door codes to get in after dark. Large common room with comfy couches. These owners are very eco-conscious, ALL rubbish is recycled in about 5 different bins, they supply fairtrade coffee, tea and hot chocolate, herbs for cooking, etc..Read the long list of eco tips (below) which they suggest and is hung up in the toilet! Ben (owner) is very open to ideas or suggestions and easy to talk to. Very nice guy and his wife is always buzzing about doing things too..these two work hard to keep theplace in good condition. Secure place for valuables too.
Formerly the Post Office from the early days of the town. Accommodation in two buildings. Staff friendly and efficient. Room was basic, but good enough. Various washroom facilities, all clean and properly serviced. Large communal area with well equipped kitchen, lounge areas and limited dining space. Good WiFi, but took some effort to connect to it. Rather expensive rates, but its the same all over Kaikoura – reflects the popularity of the area. It's well worth spending some time here – the scenery is wonderful and for the outdoors types there's loads to do.
I’m so stoked I booked in here! I stayed in the 4 bed female dorm. While the actual room was small, it was set in a private area with a big lounge and its own mini kitchen and bathroom. It felt like you had your own little apartment. The backpackers is not in the main town area but very close. It’s near a nice beach and the walking trail. It’s clean and quirky with a great lounge area by reception. Definitely a jewel amongst hostels!