I stayed in this hostel for two nights and not bad at all. The location is good, not far from the intercity bus station and not far to go for a wonder. The room itself is good and pretty spacious. I really liked the lounge and social spaces. There is a large tv in the lounge and plenty of books and games to select. The kitchen is not that big but well equipped and clean. There is also a rooftop where one can drink. When I was there the weather was not great but it was good to hang out in the hostel and I met some people. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it! Cheers
This hostel is just a bunch of whole furnitures thrown in together. There was NO SECURITY at all, NO LOCKS ON THE DOORS, and a smelly dog was wandering about the whole place which was not sanitary. The bunks don't have any ladder to climb up, so I had to hop on a desk to prop myself up on my upper bunk. The furnishing makes no sense: two desks in a backpackers? BUgger them out and replace them with shelves or closets... It feels old and musty, many long-term guests that behave like they own the place. Upside was being refunded the 2nd night I had booked because I changed my plans at the last minute.
Great, friendly helpful staff, nice enough rooms and great location. Only grumble would be the window that didn't quite shut properly, leading to not much sleep thanks to the bars downstairs, but such are the perils of getting a backpackers in the middle of town on a Saturday night.
As soon as I walked up the stairs I was greeted by a member of staff who checked me in. I liked the vibe of the place, the hostel is build from an old hotel and all the sofa's still look very rustic. The rooms vary from large to small but all are well maintained. I felt safe leaving my stuff in the room and chatting to other guest was very easy. The place is well looked after by the staff and are very friendly and helpful. The only thing I struggled with was that, there is a bar right below the hostel, this means that you can hear a lot of music. Overall I liked my stay and would stay there again if I stayed longer in New Plymouth.
just enjoyed 3 days exploring taranaki and had the perfect base at ariki backpackers. such a sweet terrace with stunning view of the sea. hostel was clean, cozy, comfy. the vibe was really friendly and met a nice group of travelers during my stay. big thanks to matty and rob for great hospitality and all of helpful advice for exploring new plymouth and taranaki. definately going to be back for a return visit!!