5 Best Backpacker Hostels in New Plymouth

© Egmont Eco Leisure Park

Budget Accommodation 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 it for those things 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 than anticipated. Especially if you do these 10 Free or Cheap Things to Do in New Plymouth.

If 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 and 10 Lessons You’ll Only Learn When Working in a Hostel.

1. Ducks & Drakes

The colourful hostel in the centre of New Plymouth has a homely vibe. The welcoming hosts and the team of WWOOFers 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.

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2. Sunflower Lodge

YHA and 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.

Check Sunflower Lodge out:
Sunflower Lodge© Sunflower Lodge

3. Ariki Backpackers

Ariki Backpackers is a laid-back hostel with an ideal location in the centre of New Plymouth. It includes all the essentials with the option to hire bikes, kayaks and surfboards. Hit up the staff who are keen to tell you all the things to do in New Plymouth.

Check Ariki Backpackers out:
Ariki Backpackers© Ariki Backpackers

4. Egmont Eco Leisure Park

Escape from the hustle and bustle of New Plymouth city centre in this eco-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. BBH members will benefit from a discount here.

Check Egmont Eco Leisure Park out:
Egmont Eco Leisure Park© Egmont Eco Leisure Park

5. Wheatly Downs Farmstay (Hawera)

On your way in or out of the Taranaki region, don’t miss the Wheatly Downs Farmstay accommodation. This backpacker-priced farmstay is an experience in itself where you can feed the animals, swim in the lake, walk among native tree and more! Wheatly Downs Farmstay is one hour south of New Plymouth.

Check Wheatly Downs Farmstay out:
Wheatly Downs Farmstay© Wheatly Downs Farmstay

Things to Do in New Plymouth

Now that you have found some awesome hostels in New Plymouth, check out what there is to do there.

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