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Independently owned and operated

YHA New Plymouth, Sunflower Lodge


Hostel Details & Location

Host: Rachel & Alan Barraclough

Check in: 3:30 pm Check out: 10:00 am

Contact: +64 6 759 0050 Email this hostel

Reception: 9:00am - 11:00am & 3:00pm – 5:00pm (after 5:00pm contactless check-in)

Location: 33 Timandra Street,

New Plymouth

15 minute walk to town centre


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How to get here

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 just under an hour's drive to Mount Taranaki.

We’re located down a driveway at the end of Timandra St, which is opposite the racecourse. Street parking is available.
Bus: At the Travel Centre on Ariki St, catch the #7 bus to Coronation Ave. Get off when you see Bell St and you’ll be dropped off just after Timandra St. Walk 400m down Timandra St to the hostel.
Airport: We are 12km from the airport. Shuttles run door-to-door both ways.

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This homely, lovingly restored wood-paneled lodge makes a comfortable and welcoming base to explore Mt Taranaki, Surf Highway 45, the Coastal Walkway, the Sunday Farmers’ Market and much more.

We're nestled among native bush with a beautiful garden area to relax in while you listen to the birds sing. Enjoy our range of small-capacity accommodation options for a more relaxed stay, all with in-room hand basins. Extra special add-ons include Marvy, the resident Poodle cross hostel pup, a guitar, electric piano, electric blankets and hot water bottles for those chillier winter nights, and free unlimited WiFi!

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Guests love:

  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor area
  • Free movies

Shared facilities:

  • Free WiFi
  • Communal dining area
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Food storage area
  • Recycling stations
  • Outdoor area
  • BBQ
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free onsite parking
  • 24 hour guest access

Entertainment and activities:

  • Games available
  • Book exchange
  • Communal TV
  • Free movies
  • Guitar
  • Piano


  • After-hours check in on request
  • Luggage storage options
  • Travel & activity bookings
  • HI bookings
  • Breakfast items for sale
  • Hair dryers
  • Hot water bottles
  • Towel hire
  • Bicycles available
  • Bicycle storage

In-hostel payment options:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Union Pay
  • New Zealand Dollars
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Monday $10 curries at Flame

Tuesday New Plymouth Observatory Night - $6 to observe the Southern Skies through reflecting and refracting telescopes from 8:30pm. 

Wednesday Join other guests for game and movie night! There is also disc golf at the Merrilands Domain with frisbees available from reception.

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

Friday Family Skate Night. $10 entry and skate hire.

Saturday Indoor rock climbing at YMCA for $12 at 5.30pm - 9.30pm.

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. $15 per person. (Available during Alert Level One).

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