5 Best Backpacker Hostels in New Plymouth & Taranaki 🎒 [2023]© Ducks & Drakes
5 Best Backpacker Hostels in New Plymouth & Taranaki 🎒 [2023]

5 Best Backpacker Hostels in New Plymouth & Taranaki 🎒 [2024]

© Ducks & Drakes

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.

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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.

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Ariki Backpackers© Ariki Backpackers

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.

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Egmont Eco Leisure Park© Egmont Eco Leisure Park

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.

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Wheatly Downs Farmstay© Wheatly Downs Farmstay

[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.

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.


Robin C.

This article was reviewed and published by Robin, the co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. He has lived, worked and travelled across 16 different countries before calling New Zealand home. He has now spent over a decade in the New Zealand tourism industry, clocking in more than 600 activities across the country. He is passionate about sharing those experiences and advice on NZ Pocket Guide and its YouTube channel. Robin is also the co-founder of several other South Pacific travel guides.

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