YHA Sunflower Lodge New Plymouth
YHA Sunflower Lodge New Plymouth

10 Best Budget Accommodation in New Plymouth

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Cheap Accommodation in New Plymouth

Don’t worry about spending too much in New Plymouth. Not only does the coastal city a whole bunch of inexpensive activities – just see 11 Free & Cheap Things to Do in New Plymouth – but it has cheap accommodation to match. Choose from family-friendly motels with private facilities to social backpacker hostels for solo travellers and everything in between. We lay out some of your best options in this list of budget accommodation in New Plymouth.

For more inspiration for your stay in “The Naki”, see The Guide to New Plymouth on a Budget and 10 Taranaki Must-Dos.

1. Braemar Motor Inn

Enjoy the privacy of your own kitchen facilities and space, just a short walk from the Coastal Walkway and city centre, at the Braemar Motor Inn. The motel offers affordable units for couples, groups and families, with cooking facilities, shower bathroom, Sky TV, free WiFi and more. Rooms are simple, yet still sleek and well-appointed for a no-frills budget stay in New Plymouth. Motel facilities include a barbecue area, swings for the kids, on-site parking, laundry and more.

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2. Flamingo Motel

A motel that offers more than just rooms, the Flamingo Motel is popular for its indoor heated swimming pool, games room and location near the city centre. Rooms are simple with attractive features like timber-lined walls, while the furnishings are nothing flashy but make do for the price. Choose from studio rooms sleeping up to three people, one-bedroom units for families, and two-bedroom units for up to six people. All units have self-catering facilities and a bathroom. Other motel features include on-site parking, gardens, guest laundry, an indoor hot pool, Sky TV and WiFi. See more recommendations like this in our 10 Best Family Accommodation in New Plymouth.

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3. Coronation Court Motel

There’s something for everyone at the affordable Coronation Court Motel. There are 22 units, including standard and large studios, one and two-bedroom units and larger three-bedroom units. Each unit features a shower bathroom, Sky TV, electric blankets, free WiFi and more. 18 of the units have cooking facilities, or you could opt for the cooked/continental breakfast or evening roast dinner available by arrangement.

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4. Saddle and Sulky Motor Lodge

Set in a quiet garden setting, five minutes from the city centre and just by Pukekura Park, Saddle and Sulky Motor Lodge is well worth considering. The motel offers double, twin and family accommodation with self-catering facilities and cooked or continental breakfast available. Kids will love the trampoline, while older kids or corporate travellers can make use of the free WiFi. Rooms are sleek, stylish and decorated with love, offering something a little more luxurious than your average budget stay.

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5. Te Henui Lodge

If you’re staying in New Plymouth and the Taranaki region more long-term, then check Te Henui Lodge offering attractive long-term rates. All of the rooms provide home comforts, such as an ensuite, TV, fridge, desk, central heating and tea/coffee-making facilities. Guests can make use of the communal kitchen and lounge with Sky TV. Rooms are simple but sleek enough, with room options for couples, corporate travellers and friends.

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6. Auto Lodge Motor Inn

A larger motel located within easy walking distance of the city centre and Pukekura Park, Auto Lodge Motor Inn is well worth checking for availability. The 87 rooms cater to both families and business travellers with facilities like the on-site Juliana’s Restaurant & Bar, an indoor swimming pool, pool tables, conference rooms and more. The Standard Studios make an affordable option for couples or upgrade to a Hotel Suite with a balcony and king bed. The one and two-bedroom family rooms have full kitchen facilities, while larger groups can book the Four-Bedroom Villa.

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7. 16 Havelock

Swap motel accommodation for a more homely experience at the 16 Havelock. This bed and breakfast accommodation has four guest rooms, each lovingly decorated and offering layouts for solo travellers, friends and couples. Food is an event here with the owner specialising in Japanese cuisine but can also do Western food for fussy eaters, both available for lunch and dinner by arrangement. Breakfast is included in the rate and is continental style.

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8. Ariki Backpackers

Ariki Backpackers is a laid-back backpacker hostel with an ideal location in the centre of New Plymouth. It includes all the essential facilities, from a communal kitchen, laundry, as well as the option to hire bikes, kayaks and surfboards. Room types include dorms, family rooms, triple, twin and queen rooms – all with ensuite bathrooms. Rooms are simple but ultra-affordable! See more like this in our 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in New Plymouth.

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9. Ducks & Drakes

The colourful hostel and motel in the centre of New Plymouth has a unique homely vibe. The welcoming hosts and the team of WWOOFers make for a social ambience or you might prefer the more relaxing setting in front of the TV in the communal lounge. The hostel features a communal kitchen, a sunroom and gardens for the hostel-dwellers staying in the dorm and private double, twin and single rooms. Alternatively, there’s boutique motel accommodation with kitchen facilities.

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10. Sunflower Lodge

Although the backpacker hostel is a bit out of the city (30min walk/5min drive), you can’t beat the spaciousness of its common areas and garden. Additionally, relax with a barbecue in the garden or soak up the sun in the conservatory in between exploring Taranaki and resting in your dorm, private twin/triple, double or single room. Rooms have sinks, but guests will need to use communal bathrooms.

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Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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