Ducks and Drakes Backpackers

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.

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Hostel Amenities

Alongside the well equipped facilities and ensuites with certain rooms - Ducks and Drakes Backpackers offers you a number of amenities.
  • WiFi - Free unlimited WiFi is available throughout the backpackers.
  • Kitchen - Fully stocked communal kitchen.
  • Laundry - Washing machine and dryer. Laundry powder available at reception.
  • Coffee - Barista coffee available for purchase.
  • Lounge - Large, homely communal lounge, dining and sun room to relax.
  • Shuttle - Daily shuttle service to Mt Taranaki and Pouakai track. Bookings essential.
  • Sauna - Sauna available


  • How far is Ducks & Drakes from the CBD?
    5-7 minutes walk.
  • How far is Ducks & Drakes from the coastal walkway?
    5-7 minutes walk.
  • How far is Ducks & Drakes from Pukekura Park? TSB Stadium?
    5 minutes walk.
  • Where’s the closest supermarket?
    We have three major supermarkets within a stone’s throw of Ducks & Drakes. Pak N Save is 100 metres away, New World 250m and Countdown around 500m.
  • Do you have Free Wi-fi?
    Yes! Free, Fast and Unlimited!
  • Is there a shuttle to get to the mountain?
    Yes! We provide a shuttle service, please call us for TBG accommodation and shuttle package deals.
  • Do you hire out bikes?
    Yes, we have a small selection of bicycles and a tandem to explore New Plymouth.

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Urgent Coronavirus Update

Anyone that has arrived into New Zealand from Monday 16th March 1am is required to self-isolate for 14 days.  If you do not do this you will be deported out of New Zealand if you are caught. If you need advice you can call the health line  0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453  Do not enter a hostel, a hospital or a doctors clinic instead call the health line if you think you have the coronavirus.  If you need somewhere to self-isolate we might be able to help you so send an email to [email protected]  Many hostels are now checking your passports to see when you have entered the country and will report you to the police if you are not following the New Zealand requirements.