Albatross Backpacker Inn
Set among storied buildings, this casual hostel is a 5-minute walk from Kaikoura Beach, as well as the Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura, and is an 11-minute walk from the Seal Swim Kaikoura.
Individually decorated rooms and dorms feature brightly coloured furnishings, quirky artwork and shared bathrooms. There are no TVs or air-conditioning. Some rooms come with reading lights and towels. Wi-Fi is available.
There's a communal kitchen, and a lounge with a TV. Other amenities include secure bike storage and a guest laundry, as well as a garden with hammocks and a giant chess board.