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Ariki Backpackers
3.5 of 5 Hostel   |   25 Ariki Street, New Plymouth, New Zealand   |  
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Granville, Ohio
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Great experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

My stay at Ariki was accidental, but I am so glad it happened! Very clean, good price, and comfortable. They have a big tv room with free dvds, a kitchen, a sitting area, and a sun deck. I stayed in one of the larger dorm-style rooms and was pleased. Although I had to share a room with other people, I wasn't uncomfortable at all. They allowed me to rent a bike for very cheap, provided a clean towel daily, and the beds were comfortable. My only complaints would be that the internet or wireless was not free--it was $5/hour, which is expensive. The location is great, but it can get kind of noisy since there is a bar right beside it. Shutting the window helped with that, though. Overall, great experience, and I would definitely go back!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Elsenham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Really enjoyed my two nights here. I wish I could have stayed longer! The staff really friendly and knew everyone by name! Really family run! Loved the fact there was a shower in the room! The staff were so helpful with what to do and where to go and actually wanted to get to know as a person and all about your travels! Used the laundry and at only $2 per machine it was perfect! I would really recommend it to anyone travelling in New Plymouth!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mannheim, Deutschland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

The Ariki is located next to iSite, Library and Puke Ariki. Nice terrace that offers the view on these facilities. Female dorm smelled really bad, the window couldn't be opened more than 5 cm, but they want to improve this problem. Meanwhile, a ventilator should help, but it's just noisy and togehter with the bar on 1st floor, it doesn't improve a good sleep...

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Singapore
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

The female 4 bed dorm was good. With bathroom attached.
When we returned, we checked into private room which can accommodate 3 adults was spacious and attached shower. Shared toilet is just outside the room.
Nice place. Felt safe. City centre.

In order to get here, book a n airport shuttle instead of taking the cab as it was way pricey than airport shuttle. Which me and my friend paid NZD 14 each. When's we took cab from the New Plymouth Airport to Ariki Backpackers we were charged NZD 48.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013 via mobile

Our first impression of this place was the smell. It smells of old carpet - no surprise when you see the hideous 1970s carpet and mangy old sofas around the place. Our room smelled even worse, like a hundred thousand other people had passed through in the last month. The 1950s light switches were grubby, the windows dirty and the 'wardrobe' a space with four (loose) hooks. The kitchen was a disgrace: a couple of electric-coil hobs, some of which were broken, and a poor selection of dented and burned pans. The knives were so blunt that they were dangerous. Honestly, I felt nervous walking barefoot in this place and was afraid of sleeping in the bed in case I caught something. It's a scandal that such prices are being charged for such poor quality. It's the worst standard I've seen anywhere outside of Cairo. For god's sake, give it some new carpet and a lick of paint!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hamburg, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Friendly service, great location in center of town, beach and parking garage across the street. No A/C, room smelled of body odor, bed was noisy and club downstairs. ok for price, could be better. Looks nice from the Parking garage but once I was inside I had second thoughts.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington, New Zealand
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

This backpackers is heart of city. Good rooms and bed. Kitchen is clean n well equipped. But i would not recommend to stay on weekends as there is a club downstairs which mean u have to either party 3am or be sleepless !!!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 25 Ariki Street, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Taranaki Region > New Plymouth
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 16 Specialty Lodging in New Plymouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ariki Backpackers 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
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