Where to Find the Best Hostels in New Plymouth and Taranaki for Backpackers
Stay awhile in the art-filled city of New Plymouth. With the lure of the surf even in the city and forever with the sight of Mt Taranaki, there are lots of adventures to be had in this Taranaki city. Because there’s a great selection of backpacker hostels in New Plymouth, you can spend less on accommodation and keep some cash for those experiences that really matter.
Awkwardly enough, there are only four backpacker hostels in New Plymouth – and five in the whole Taranaki region, so we’ve included some backpackers from around Taranaki, because, believe us, once you have got a taste for the Taranaki region, you’ll definitely want to stick around for longer, especially if you do these 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in New Plymouth.
1. Ducks & Drakes Boutique Motel & Backpackers
The colourful hostel in the centre of New Plymouth has a homely vibe. The welcoming hosts and the team of WWOOFers of Ducks & Drakes make for some good board game nights and chilling out in front of the TV. Relax out in the garden or in the sunroom after a day of doing a street art crawl around the city or going out for a surf. More practical features include a communal kitchen, dorm rooms and private double, twin and single rooms. Alternatively, there’s boutique motel accommodation with private kitchen facilities. For more motel-style stays, check out the 10 Best Motels in New Plymouth.
Check Ducks & Drakes out:
- Ducks & Drakes on Booking.com
- Ducks & Drakes on HostelWorld
- Ducks & Drakes on Trip.com
- Ducks & Drakes on Expedia
2. Ariki Backpackers
Ariki Backpackers is a laid-back hostel with an ideal location in the centre of New Plymouth. It includes all the essential facilities, from a communal kitchen and 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! Hit up the staff who are keen to tell you all the things to do in New Plymouth. For more accommodation with kitchen facilities, also take a look at the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in New Plymouth.
Check Ariki Backpackers out:
- Ariki Backpackers on Booking.com
- Ariki Backpackers on HostelWorld
- Ariki Backpackers on Trip.com
- Ariki Backpackers on Expedia
3. Egmont Eco Leisure Park & Backpackers
Escape from the hustle and bustle of New Plymouth city centre in the Egmont Eco Leisure Park just a 5-minute drive/30-minute walk away. Lie in the hammocks listening to the calls of birds and walk along the stream in this seven-acre valley. There is a wide range of cheap rooms available, including dorms, camping sites, private rooms and even a fully self-contained apartment. Of course, there are communal facilities too, including a kitchen and barbecue, laundry machines, a bathroom block and even a volleyball court, playing field and tipis. BBH members will also benefit from a discount here.
Check Egmont Eco Leisure Park out:
- Egmont Eco Leisure Park on Booking.com
- Egmont Eco Leisure Park on HostelWorld
- Egmont Eco Leisure Park on Trip.com
- Egmont Eco Leisure Park on Expedia
4. Wheatly Downs Farmstay (Hawera)
On your way in or out of the Taranaki region, don’t miss the Wheatly Downs Farmstay accommodation. This backpacker farmstay is an experience in itself where you can feed the animals, swim in the lake, walk among native trees and more! Wheatly Downs Farmstay is one hour south of New Plymouth near the town of Hawera. There is a four-bed dorm available, as well as private single, double and twin rooms. This hostel is also a BBH hostel. For more cheap accommodation alternatives, take a look at the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in New Plymouth.
Check Wheatly Downs Farmstay out:
[CLOSED] Sunflower Lodge
BBH members rejoice for discounts here at Sunflower Lodge. Although it’s a bit out of the city (30min walk/5min drive), you can’t beat the spaciousness of its common areas and garden. Relax with a barbecue in the garden or soak up the sun in the conservatory.
More About Hostels in New Plymouth and Taranaki
Now that you have found some awesome hostels in New Plymouth and Taranaki, check out what there is to do there.
- 10 Free & Cheap Things to Do in New Plymouth
- 8 Wonderful Walks in New Plymouth, Taranaki
- New Plymouth – Guide for Backpackers
If you really do want to outstay your welcome, look out for WWOOFing opportunities where you can work for accommodation. Get more information in Everything You Need to Know About WWOOFing in New Zealand or stay longer in a hostel with the 10 Lessons You’ll Only Learn When Working in a Hostel.