Ariki Backpackers, New Plymouth

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Ariki Backpackers is a hostel with a relaxed vibe in downtown New Plymouth. Even though the town doesnt have any major tourist attractions, it is a nice place to hang out for a few days, and Ariki is a good hostel.

The Location

Ariki Backpackers is the most centrally located hostel in New Plymouth. It is right across the street from the i-Site, next to the library (with free internet), and there are several restaurants and bars on the same street. Supermarkets are a ten-minute walk, and the beach and the lovely park are both a thirty-minute walk away. The hostel is easy to find, as it has a few signs outside. The entrance door is at street level, but the hostel itself is one level up.

There are a few parking spots in front of the hostel, but these are paid during daytime. Free parking is available a few blocks away. The staff can tell you where those free spots are.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The hostel offers private rooms and dorms, including a female dorm. The rooms are quite spacious and every room has an en suite shower. The beds are very unstable and squeaky. The bunk beds are also very low, so the person in the lower bunk cannot sit upright on his/her bed and its just a matter of time until you hit your head. However, the mattresses are very comfortable and the beds come with clean bed linen and you also get a towel. There are a few power plugs in every room, and in summer there are ventilators. Even with the ventilators, some rooms get very warm.

The en suite showers are good; you can regulate temperature and water pressure. There are no hooks or shelves, so you have to put everything on the sink as this is the only place that stays dry. The toilets are in the center of the hostel and they are very clean.

Common Spaces

The best common room in summer is definitely the outdoor deck/rooftop terrace. This is a beautiful place to sit, with a view over the sea and sun almost all day. There is also a comfortable TV room with DVDs and games, but most are broken or incomplete. The reception area also has a couch and some tourist information and a book exchange.

The kitchen is fully equipped, but the fridges are quite full and some of the equipment is a bit old. However, they manage to keep the kitchen quite organized and clean, and it is big enough even when the hostel is full. There is also a laundry room for guests to use against a small fee.

The staff give good information about activities in the area and they can also book tours. Internet is available, but not for free. However, the Wi-Fi signal from the library is free and reaches the outdoor deck.

People in this hostel seem to keep to themselves a bit. There are quite a few private rooms and somehow the backpackers in this hostel dont mingle as much as in other hostels. But of course, this depends very much on the people in the hostel and can differ from day to day.


This is a hostel with a great location and lots of potential. The good mattresses cannot fully make up for the unstable beds and some minor things (like offering free Wi-Fi) could be improved to make this an amazing hostel.

Hostel from the outside Reception Sitting / reception area TV room Rooftop terrace Kitchen Part of the 9 bed dorm Bathroom

Perfect accommodation.

It was great, people was very nice and welcoming.

Age 22 | France

Good place to stay in New Plymouth!

Great location specially if you travel by bus! Staff are very helpful and friendly!



Ariki Backpackers is the fun, friendly laid-back hostel in the heart of New Plymouth. At Backpacker prices, it has a range of rooms, including a girl’s only dorm, private rooms, family rooms and the famous Queen Anne Room for that special night! Sleeps up to 40, is ideal for those sports teams young and old.

The Most centrally located accommodation with million dollar view , to sit back and relax and watch the world go by !!

10 things you may not know about New Plymouth’s Ariki Backpackers:

Ariki Backpackers is only 100 meters away from New Plymouths city bus centre

Ariki Backpackers is only 100 meters away from the Taranaki’s, world famous Len Lye Wind Wand

Ariki Backpackers is 100 meters away from New Zealand’s award winning Coastal walkway

Ariki Backpackers is 100 meters away from New Zealand’s award winning Puke Ariki Library and Museum

Ariki Backpackers is 100 meters away from the amazing Tasman Sea!!!!

Ariki Backpackers is 100 meters away from up to 10 cafes

Ariki Backpackers is 100 meters away from New Plymouth’s and Taranaki largest shopping complex Centre City, with over 60 shops and a international food court

Ariki Backpackers is situated above New Plymouths Icons Sports bar, which has over 20 TV’s to watch all any of your favourite sports, and has Stonegrill Dinning.

Ariki Backpackers can book any of your Taranaki experiences from learning to surf to Climbing the summit of Mt Taranaki with mountain shuttles with one of our reputable Maori guides.

Ariki Backpackers can hire you, surfboards, Kayaks and even Bikes to enjoy the "World's best places to live“ - voted in 2008”

Location and Contact




Address: 25 Ariki Street, New Plymouth, New Zealand

Ariki Backpackers is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Ariki Backpackers New Plymouth
Phone Number: 06-769-5020
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Facilities and Amenities

Digital Nomads

Family-Friendly Hostel

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller


Bike Rental

Luggage Storage

Pub Crawls

Safe Deposit Box


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons ($5)

Wi-Fi in Rooms


Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers




Live Music/Performance

Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental


Outdoor Seating

Pool Table

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms


Airport Pickup


Lockers in Rooms


Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals


Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 17

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Other

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All year except xmas day

Reception Hours: to 11pm. Late Arrivals by arrangement

Size: Medium (30-60 beds)


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