YHA New Plymouth


YHA New Plymouth Sunflower Lodge is a homely hostel nestled among native trees and bush. It is a lovingly restored boutique hostel, an ideal base to explore Mt Taranaki, Surf Highway 45, the Coastal Walkway, the Sunday Farmers’ Market and much more.

A wide range of comfortable backpacker accommodation is available including 4 share multi-share, female only, twin/triple, double and single rooms. YHA New Plymouth also accommodates families and groups.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas hob stove, large commercial oven, an instant hotwater zip and plenty of storage for your groceries. We also have an herb garden for cooking up Michelin quality meals, a scenic native garden and picnic area complete with outdoor BBQ. Plus we have some extra special add-ons such as Marvy, the resident Poodle cross hostel pup, free bike hire, a guitar, piano and electric blankets and hot water bottles for those chillier winter nights. 

YHA New Plymouth is located next to the Te Henui Walkway for scenic bush views, native birdsong and the Te Henui River. The hostel is a 15 minute walk to the town centre and attractions including the award winning Coastal Walkway, Taranaki's favourite museum Puke Ariki, art galleries, shopping, cafes and bars. It is a short drive to Mount Taranaki.

By Bus

Intercity and Naked  Bus drop off at the Travel Centre located on Ariki Street, behind the i-SITE and Puke Ariki museum. From there catch the local bus 7 to Coronation Avenue.  Press the bell to stop just after Bell Street and the bus will stop just past Timandra.  From there walk 400m down Timandra. We are at the end.

Intercity and Naked Bus will drop off/pick up at Boys High School (NBH) which is a 700m walk to YHA New Plymouth. You must pre-book the High School drop off/pick up.

From the airport

Airport Shuttles offer a door-to-door service for $20 per person each way. Ring them on 0800 373 001


Taxi fare from the CBD to YHA New Plymouth is approximately $10 - $12

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle storage
  • Booking via Hostelling International
  • Chilled filtered water
  • Communal dining area
  • Disabled facilities
  • Eftpos
  • Electric blankets provided in winter
  • Free bike hire
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Guitar
  • Hair dryers
  • Herb garden
  • Hot water bottles
  • Laundry
  • Limited free WiFi
  • Locker storage
  • Luggage storage
  • Parking
  • Piano
  • Picnic area
  • River walk
  • Tourism kiosk at Reception
  • Travel bookings
  • TV
  • Visa & Mastercard

Travellers visiting New Plymouth will discover no end of things to see and do. Surrounded by lush farmland, New Plymouth sits squarely in the shadow of Mt Taranaki in the Egmont National Park – a playground for walking and exploring. The city itself has a back-to-your-roots, outdoorsy kind of vibe that’s likely fed by the surfers hanging out for the next wave and the cyclists and walkers itching to hit the tracks. There’s all this plus an active art scene and a café culture to satisfy any culture monger and coffee aficionado.

Every day of the week something is happening in the hostel or around New Plymouth:

Monday 2-for-1 pizza night at Mayfair Bar

Tuesday New Plymouth Observatory Night. $5 to observe the Southern Skies through reflecting and refracting telescopes

Cheap movie night. $7 at the local cinema.

Wednesday Join other guests for Crepe/Pancake Night in the hostel, followed by board games or a free movie

Thursday Decanta Bar Open Mic Night. Hang out with other travellers, showcase your talent and be in to win free drinks vouchers

Friday Indoor rock climbing at YMCA. 5.30pm - 9.30pm. $10

Saturday Family Skate Night. $5 entry and skate hire

Sunday Join the Puke Ariki Guided Historical Walk through the CBD with an experienced local guide who will retell events, developments and anecdotes from the settler's arrival in New Plymouth in 1841 and through the next 50 years. $5 per person

But wait, there’s more! While in New Plymouth, why not:

  • Climb Mount Taranaki and visit Egmont National Park
  • Have a go at surfing
  • Relax at the Thermal Spa, Hot Pools and Sauna
  • Visit Lake Mangamahoe
  • Visit the Cape Egmont Lighthouse
  • See the wonderful Dawson Falls
  • Visit Pukekura Park, Lonely Planet’s pick of New Plymouth parks with 49 hectares of gardens, trails, streams, waterfalls and ponds. Rowboats for hire.
  • Climb Paritutu Rock (by the Port)
  • Walk or bike the Te Henui Walkway
  • Walk or bike the Coastal Walkway from Bell Block to Port Taranaki
  • Walk through the Goblin Forest on Mt Taranaki (near Dawson Falls)
  • Kayak to Sugar Loaf Island and see the seals
  • Visit Puke Ariki Museum
  • Experience the annual WOMAD festival in March every year
  • Delight in the wonders of Pukekura Park during the TSB Bank Festival of Lights over the summer months
  • Visit the Sunday Farmers’ Market
  • Visit the Govett Brewster Art Gallery
  • Visit the Len Lye Kenetic Art Museum
  • Visit the local organic brewery
  • Watch the pros at the TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival
  • Take a trip to Oakura on Surf Highway 45
  • Check out the privately owned Tawhiti Museum in Hawera
  • See the Pioneer Village in Stratford
  • Be part of the Taranaki International Arts Festival


  • Taranaki Home & Lifestyle Expo (Mar 27th - Mar 29th) New Plymouth District Council welcomes you to the Taranaki Home & Lifestyle Expo which will take place at the TSB Stadium from Friday 27 - Sunday 29 March 2015. Exciting Announcement! We’re excited to announce ...
  • Home Loans Surf Festival (Mar 21st - Apr 6th) A two week surf festival for grommets to masters and including three World Surf League competitions - the WSL Taranaki Pro Juniors and the WSL World Qualifying Series Port Taranaki Pro featuring 70 of the world's up and ...
  • Daytime Meditations - Fridays (Feb 20th - Apr 10th) Not able to get out in the evenings to meet with like minded people? Allow Karen Selby to lead you through a regular daytime meditation at Rainbow Reflections. Group starts at 11am, every Friday. We have room for you ...
  • Drawings Solo Exhibition by Isaac Petersen (Mar 20th - Apr 14th) 'In this ‘Drawing’ exhibition, Isaac explores new mediums and subject matters. This was inspired by his desire to travel lightly abroad, bringing home what he creates.
  • Open Stage (Mar 27th - May 11th) In 2015, Chamber Music New Zealand is encouraging amateur musicians from all over New Zealand to get together to play music. Open Stage is our version of an Open Mic event. If you’ve always wanted to try a certain ...
  • Puke Ariki Art market (Feb 28th - May 30th) A selection of affordable arts and crafts made by locals.

YHA New Plymouth offers a friendly, peaceful and homely environment for groups visiting New Plymouth. We are a small hostel and can cater for many types of groups including hobby clubs, family reunions, national and international sports teams, school groups and many more! We have even hosted wedding receptions.

YHA New Plymouth facilities include YHA staples such as a range of 4-bed shared and private rooms, separate men’s and women’s showers with unlimited on-demand hot water, a communal kitchen (equipped with a gas hob stove, commercial oven and three large fridge/freezers suited to a group of up to 45, cutlery and appliances) open plan lounge and dining area. We also offer an herb and small veggie garden for cooking up Michelin quality meals, a scenic native garden and picnic area complete with outdoor BBQ. And we have some extra special add ons such free bike hire, tent sites, guitar, piano, complementary tea and sugar and electric blankets and hot water bottles for those chillier winter nights. 

Click here for YHA New Zealand's full Groups Brochure.

Capacity and Room Types

YHA New Plymouth can cater for up to 45 guests across 14 rooms.

Room types available:

  • 1 x 5 bed multi-share
  • 4 x 4-bed multi-share
  • 3 x triple (one double and one single bed per room)
  • 2 x single
  • 5 x double rooms

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 5 or 4 bed rooms. The hostel has a range of  single sex, mixed and disabled bathroom facilities conveniently located close to the bedrooms. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1.

Private rooms

Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in private rooms. These rooms include all bed linen and towels. 

Free WiFi for Group Leaders

We know being a group leader is tough work at the best of times and you need to stay contactable as much as possible to keep things running smoothly. To help you stay connected YHA offers provides group leaders with free high speed WiFi during their stay. 

Free Booking Service

A free booking service is provided for all land-based domestic travel and activities including: shuttle and guide to Mt Taranaki, surf board hire and lessons, stand up paddle board experiences, horse trekking, quad motor bike guided farm tours, historical settlers walking tour, fishing or Island Cruises to visit the seal colony and Forgotten World self-drive rail cart railway tours.