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We invite you to stay in our comfortable, clean, modern hostel. Our friendly team will make you feel at home as you explore New Plymouth, set off on a mountain trek, or enjoy Taranaki's epic surf. Comfy beds, and a warm atmosphere will make you feel right at home. Just outside the CBD, with beautiful views of the native bush & direct access to the popular Te Henui walkway. Picnic & BBQ area, free WiFi & carpark. Bus pickups negotiable for 2-night stay.

Set amongst native trees and bushes for that perfect getaway feel.

YHA New Plymouth Sunflower Lodge is a homely hostel nestled among native trees and bush. It is a lovingly restored boutique hostel, an ideal base to explore Mt Taranaki, Surf Highway 45, the Coastal Walkway, the Sunday Farmers’ Market and much more.Sunflower lodge is a recently refurbished homely hostel providing quality budget accommodation only a short stroll from the city and its many attractions.

Located next to the Te Henui Walkway enjoy scenic bush views, native birdsong and the rippling of the Te Henui river while being close to New Plymouth city action and attractions, including the award winning Coastal Walkway, Taranaki's favourite museum Puke Ariki, Art Galleries such as the Govett Brewster and plentiful shopping, cafes and bars.

 

How to get here

Situated down the private driveway at the end of Timandra Street, a short 'no exit' street, directly off the main highway (Coronation Ave aka SH3). We are 1.5 km from the city centre and sit on a hidden plateau with views directly over the Te Henui river valley.


Getting here by Car:From the South it is very easy to find us.When you come in on State Highway 3 from Inglewood, you will see the 50km speed signs and we are the 5th street on the right after that. Important things to look out for on your way are the Bicycle shop, Dairy and Fish and Chip shop located on the right. On the left you will see the Pukekura Raceway (a green expanse with a white fence). Timandra Street is located directly opposite a small bus shelter. If you are arriving during the day you will see our black and yellow Sunflower Lodge Sign on the corner of Timandra Street. If you are arriving at night you will see the luminous green sign for another motel on the small bus shelter.

From the North, you will enter New Plymouth from South Highway 3, which takes you into town past Countdown, The Mill and eventually you will see MacDonalds at the traffic lights. Turn left at the lights and follow the SH3 signs to Inglewood and Wanganui. Drive up the hill and past New Plymouth Boys' High School on the left. Timandra Street is the 5th street on the left after the zebra crossing at the high school.

From Surf Highway. You will come in on South Road, which changes to Devon Street West once in town. At the first set of lights on the Morley Street Corner turn right, and then first left into the "one way street" Powderham. Stay on this road through a few sets of lights, and you will see Pak N Save on the right. After Pak'N'Save turn right onto Elliot Street/SH3. At the next set of traffic lights you will see MacDonald's on your right-hand corner. Go straight ahead and follow the SH3 signs to Inglewood and Wanganui. Drive up the hill and past New Plymouth Boys' High School on the left. Timandra Street is the 5th street on the left after the zebra crossing at the high school.


Getting here by Bus:Two bus services are available: Intercity, and the Naked Bus. Both buses drop off at the Travel Centre located on Ariki Street, behind the I-site and Puke Ariki museum.

The Intercity and the Naked bus will drop off and pick up at "Boys High School (NBH)", which is just a short walk to our lodge. (Follow the directions by Car as if driving from the North). With both bus companies you must specifically pre-book the high school drop off/pick up as they must stick to a designated pre-booked itinerary for insurance reasons.

There is always something to do in New Plymouth. Below is a list of our favorite things to do around the area.

  • Visit Pukekura Park
  • Climb Paritutu Rock (by the Port)
  • Walk or Bike the Te Henui Walkway
  • Walk or Bike The Coastal Walkway
  • Visit Puke Ariki Museum
  • Experience the annual WOMAD festival
  • Have a go at surfing
  • Sunday Farmer's Market
  • Visit the Len Lye Centre
  • Govett Brewster Art Gallery
  • See a movie at Arthouse Cinema
  • Watch the pros at the TSB Bank Women's Surf Festival
  • Climb Mount Taranaki
  • Relax at the Thermal Spa, Hot Pools and Sauna
  • Visit Lake Mangamahoe
  • See the wonderful Dawson Falls
  • Delight in the wonders of Pukekura Park during the TSB Bank Festival of Lights
  • Take a trip to Oakura on Surf Highway 45
  • Visit the local organic brewery
  • Check out the privately owned Tawhiti Museum in Hawera
  • See the Pioneer Village in Stratford
  • Be a part of the Taranaki International Arts Festival
  • Visit the Cape Egmont Lighthouse
  • Walk through the Goblin Forest on Mt Taranaki (near Dawson Falls)
  • Kayak to Sugar Loaf Island and see the seals
  • Stay at Sunflower Lodge