Ducks and Drakes Backpackers
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Ducks and Drakes is the premier backpackers in New Plymouth. The space is colourful, cozy and comfortable with options ranging from mixed dorms to private one bedroom cottages. Nestled in a quiet street just two blocks from the city centre and three blocks from the world famous Pukekura Park, Ducks and Drakes is “five minutes to everywhere”. An in house shuttle service operates daily to Mount Taranaki and the Pouakai Crossing which includes a free sauna with each booking. A friendly family run business with great music and coffee. Ask about our bed and shuttle package deals.
Telephone: 06 758 0404
Brett Mobile: 027 758 0404
Paula Mobile: 027 758 0505

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What do the guests say?



4.5/5 (TripAdvisor)


Guests loved the big kitchen, lounge and beautiful sun room. They also mentioned how great the location is and that the backpackers felt like a home.


Loved the location


Said the the staff were great


Commented on the cleanliness


Would stay here again

What are the rooms like?

3 bed dorm
single room
twin room
double room

Hostel amenities

Alongside the well equipped facilities and ensuites with certain rooms – Ducks and Drakes Backpackers offers you a number of amenities:

kitchen Kitchen – fully stocked communal kitchen.
laundry Laundry – washing machine and dryer. Laundry powder available at reception.
coffee Coffee – barista coffee is available in the kitchen.
lounge Lounge – large, homely communal lounge, dining and sunroom to relax
parking Shuttle – we have a shuttle service to help you get around.
wifi Internet – free unlimited WiFi is available throughout the backpackers.
tour Sauna – free sauna for you to relax and enjoy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you book activities directly through the hostel?

Yes this is possible. We offer extensive knowledge of the area and are happy to help you arrange any of these activities.

What can you do on a rainy day in Te Anau?

Many of the outdoor destinations around Te Anau are actually just as beautiful in the rain. However, if the weather really isn’t cooperating or if you just don’t want to face the storm, you can choose to binge-watch TV in our comfortable TV room, visit the Glowworm Caves or the Fiordland Cinema or try your luck in the Te Anau Escape Room.

What free activities are there?

Fiordland National Park is full of the most amazing scenery in the country. Walking is free, so just go out and explore! The Te Anau Bird Sanctuary breeds protected bird species which you can also go and see for free. There is a Frisbee Golf pitch in town as well. 

What time is check-in and check-out?

Regular check-in is available between 2PM and 8PM. Late check-in can be arranged if necessary. Check out time is 10AM.

Is there free parking at your hostel?

Yes we offer free parking at the hostel. Spaces are limited but street parking is also available and free of charge.

Where are the nearest supermarkets?

Te Anau has 2 supermarkets in town. Both Four Square and FreshChoice are within 5 minutes walking distance of the hostel.

Do you have a place to store luggage?

Yes we offer luggage storage. Large storage lockers are available for overnight hiking trips as well.

Are there laundry facilities?

Yes, we offer coin-operated machines, both for washing and drying. There are also clothes lines outside, and laundry powder is available at reception.

Do I need to bring linen?

No, all linen are provided for all our rooms, including shared rooms. Private rooms also have towels provided.

Hostel location

Ducks and Drakes Backpackers is located at 48 Lemon Street, New Plymouth. There are a number of activites you can near this location, for example:

  • Pukekura Park and Brooklands Zoo
  • Surf Beaches
  • Local Walking Tracks
  • iSite
  • Puke Ariki Museum and Library
  • Coastal Walkway
  • CBD, Cafes, Bars and Restaurants