YHA Kaikoura


Welcome to Kaikoura! All rooms have ensuites and heating systems. Warm, clean, and well equipped, the Lazy Shag is set among magnificent trees with superb mountain views and gardens that stretch down to the river. There is plenty of car parking space, and all activities are within a 10 minute walk of the town centre! We have a really warm common room, with a log fire that never goes out. A beautiful view, and a comfortable clean and homely stay.

Kaikoura is back open for business with a huge majority of tourism operators running as normal. Roads around the town are still rocky, but access has been restored along two routes. Check http://nzta.govt.nz/traffic for up to date information and expect delays, but this thriving tourist town really is a must-see and should not be missed.

By Bus

We are a 10 minute walk from the bus stop. Walk north through the town centre, then turn right onto the main Highway (Beach Rd). We are the first backpackers on the left, 200m approx.

From Train Station

We are a 10 minute walk from the train station. Walk back towards the town, then turn right at the Paua Factory shop onto the main Highway (Beach Road). We are the first backpackers on the left, 200m approx.

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  • 24 Hour Guest Access
  • BBQ
  • Bedding Provided
  • Book Exchange
  • Communal Dining Area
  • Communal Lounge
  • Food Storage
  • Free Movies
  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Free WiFi (Limited)
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Garden or Outdoor Area
  • Hair Dryers
  • Herb Garden
  • Hot Water Bottles Available
  • Late Check-In On Request
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Recycling Stations
  • Street Parking
  • Towel Hire
  • TV Room
  • Wetsuit Hire
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Whale watching
  • Sea kayaking
  • 4WD Bikes
  • Dolphin swim/watch
  • Surfing
  • Seal swimming
  • Fishing

Some of the biggest events on our calendar include Hop Kaikoura (September), Sea Fest (October) and the A&P Show. Check out what else is on in Kaikoura:


  • (Oct 14th - Oct 15th) 14 October 2017: The whole day will be filled with presentations by guest speakers. The focus is on R&D, seismic design, good detailing for durability, the building consent process as well as repair and maintenance ... Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura

For groups smaller than 10 people, please book online. We are able to cater for large groups, but typically not during the summer season. Please email us to discuss your requirements.

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