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About us

albatross crew

Welcome to The Albatross!

The Albatross Backpackers is housed within characterful historic buildings that were once the town’s post office, postmaster’s quarters and telephone exchange. These days, we, Ben and Katie, are the proud owners and have been since 2010.

As travellers ourselves, we feel we have a pretty good idea of what makes a hostel great and we work hard to ensure that The Albatross is more than just a bed!

We invite you to step inside our ever-changing home, put the kettle on and explore what it really means to be a backpacker. Share a meal with new friends, join in or start a jam with one of our many instruments, paint a canvas and express your journey through art or just relax around the coffee table and exchange wit, wisdom and stories with other like-minded travellers.

You’ll find us in stunning Kaikoura, where the grand mountain range meets the pacific ocean.  Kaikoura is world renowned for exceptional marine wildlife viewing, whale watching and dolphin swimming. Stay a few days and explore our hiking trails, adventure activities, top-class restaurants and mind-blowing scenery.

We welcome you to join us and hope that you will find The Albatross a warm, happy place filled with the laughter of friends, the sweet aroma of chocolate brownies and the tinkle of piano keys! A place where you can relax and revive after time on the road. But most of all we hope that The Albatross feels as much a home to you as it does to us.

See you soon,

Ben & Katie.