Ariki Backpackers

25 Ariki StreetNew Plymouth4310New Zealand
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About Ariki Backpackers

Ariki Backpackers features a large deck offering ocean views and barbecue facilities, a shared lounge with a large 50-inch flat-screen TV and a communal kitchen. The Wind Wand, a 48-metre red-fibreglass kinetic sculpture, is a four-minute walk away.

There are a wide range of accommodations on offer, including a female-only dorm room, mixed dorms, and private rooms. Each unit has an attached private bathroom to cater to its occupants and some quarters include couches, TVs, and complimentary tea/coffee.

Ariki Backpackers features a DVD library, book exchange, and laundry facilities. Guests will be pleased to note that they can hire bicycles, boogie boards, and surfboards, as well as make any sightseeing arrangements they might have, at the reception.

There are plenty of eateries just steps from the property, including The Landing Café, Icons Sports Bar and Café, and Café Green Door.

The hostel is within a five-minute walk of Puke Ariki, New Plymouth i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre.


25 Ariki Street, New Plymouth, 4310, New Zealand
Telephone: +64(6)7695020 | Official Homepage

Top amenities

  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • WiFi in rooms
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Parking
  • Pets
  • A/C
  • Restaurant
  • Hotel bar
  • Gym

All amenities

Hotel facilities

  • Airport shuttle
  • Car park
  • Free WiFi in lobby
  • Hotel bar
  • Hotel safe
  • Laundry service
  • Nightclub
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • PC with internet
  • Pets allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi in lobby

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Electric kettle
  • Internet
  • Kitchen / Kitchenette
  • Television
  • WiFi in rooms


  • Accessible parking

Arrival / Departure

  • Check-in: 11:00
  • Check-out: 10:00

Positive Reviews

Convenient access to facilities

According to guests, the hostel’s setting is handy as it places them just steps away from essential facilities and services. They like that they are able to walk to numerous leisure, entertainment, dining and shopping spots. Furthermore, those with a thirst for exploration are happy to discover plenty of sightseeing opportunities within walking distance.

Hospitable and accommodating staff

Members of staff are said to be welcoming and helpful to guests. They are professional and committed to offering excellent services. Guests also note that the staff make a deliberate effort to meet their needs, concerns and demands. Additionally, guests feel that the personnel’s friendly personas create an environment where positive rapport can take place and contributes to their overall satisfaction.

Reliable Wi-Fi connection

Guests appreciate the hostel’s wireless Internet connection. They like that the signal is stable throughout the premises and that they are able to connect to the network without difficulties. In addition, the fast speeds allow users to have a smooth browsing experience.

Negative Reviews

Inconvenient street parking

The hostel lacks an on-site parking facility and this does not sit well with guests arriving with their cars. Though there is street parking near the building, guests do not feel comfortable leaving their cars unattended. At times, getting a vacant spot can be difficult.

Noisy hostel

According to guests, nights at the hostel are a noisy affair, especially on weekends. With the nearby bars hosting loud live music events till late at night, this can be a nuisance for light sleepers.

Rating Overview

Rating trivago Rating Index based on 343 reviews across the web
8.5 /10
  • Expedia
    8.6 /10
    8.5 /10
  • hostelbookers
    9.0 /10
  • other websites
    8.2 /10
8.5 out of 10 based on 343 reviews