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Ducks & Drakes Hotel

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48 Lemon Street, New Plymouth 4310, New Zealand
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Auckland
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Three friends from around NZ decided to meet up in New Plymouth for the opening of the Len Lye Centre. The "organiser" booked one of the cottage rooms at Ducks and Drakes (we had room 5 which sleeps 3 and has its own facilities). It was cheap, clean, comfortable and we loved it. Handy location. Lovely, super friendly and helpful... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Stayed here two nights between exploring local area. Pros: Nice dorm rooms, kept clean. Great large kitchen with a gas cooktop and cast iron cookware Fresh towel each day Good powerful showers Nice friendly hosts, watching Origin here was great Two border collies Cons: Not the best internet connection + charges once you pass 600mb useage Some people might find... More 

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We came along without reservation and not even at short notice. We wanted it as a base for our tour to the Mt. Taranaki. Everything went smooth, the place is very nice, the backyard green. The Pukekura park is pretty close (there is usually a festival in summer) and lots of opportunites to buy food within few minutes walking distance.... More 

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Auckland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I stay at Ducks and Drakes during Womad Taranaki each year, and keep going back as they offer the perfect balance of really reasonable rates and comfortable quiet rooms. I've stayed in both the hostel part and in the motel part and both are just as you'd hope - simple and unfussy, but clean, quiet, and comfortable. Change of ownership... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Ducks and Drakes was a great place to stay in New Plymouth. The location is central given it is close to both downtown as well as Pukekura Park. The details are charming, the staff friendly, and the rooms quiet. There's even a cosy fireplace, perfect for cool nights. I would definitely stay there again.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Our group of 14 students and 2 administrators (from Boston, MA, USA) enjoyed our stay at Ducks & Drakes. Particularly enjoyable was the courtyard experience where we were able to meet and share meals. Rooms were nicely furnished and clean. Owners were very accommodating and friendly. We would most certainly stay here again upon return.

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Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Our extended family stayed at the Ducks & Drakes Hotel for a night and it was a great experience. We loved that the hotel had options so that some of us could stay in the motel units and others in the hostel type accomodation. The decor in the hostel is very funky - loved the rooms! And motel units were... More 

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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This a friendly, homely place where I've stayed before when in New Plymouth for the WOMAD festival. It's 20 minutes walk to the festival venue, so very convenient, as I don't have a car, and it's a safe location for solo travellers returning from the festival venue alone at night. It's also just a few minutes walk into the CBD.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

clean, well maintained place. lots of character and personal touches made, giving it a homey feel - it didn't feel like a hostel at all! the owners were incredibly friendly and helpful. this is a true example of what this type of accommodations should be like. highly recommended, would definitely stay there again.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I stayed here at the last minute and found the staff pleasant and the accommodation tidy. Advantage with walking distance to town and the shore front. This is for the younger set but they made me feel welcome. Thanks

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