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Submitted On:3 May 2017
Location:New Plymouth


The Sunflower Lodge is a homely hostel nestled amongst native trees & bush just 1.5km from New Plymouth’s city centre, easily accessed off the arterial southern entrance to New Plymouth. It is the closest backpacker to Mount Taranaki.

Tourism in Taranaki is at an all-time high, up 9%. The Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2017 chose Taranaki as the 2nd best region in the world to visit.

New Plymouth is host to many natural attractions Pukekura Park, the Coastal Walkway & the Len Lye & Govett Brewster Art Gallery.

As well as events including: WOMAD, Powerco Garden Festival, ITU Triathlon, Americana, & Tattoo festival (so many more) every year, the lodge benefits greatly, with many customers re-booking a year in advance.

Our customers range from international & domestic independent travellers, seasonal workers, hiking, sports & school groups. Online bookings through YHA network,, Agoda,, Expedia, Wotif, Hostelworld, Bookit, BBH loyalty programme, Travelbug, I-Sites.

Ten private rooms & 6 dormitory rooms (4 per dorm), sleeping up to 45 people per night.

Facilities inc: a large kitchen, dining room & cosy lounge with modern TV & extensive DVD library. Wi-Fi coverage lodge wide. The BBQ area has views over the Te Henui river valley. Full laundry facilities available for guests.

The Lockwood design requires a lower level of building maintenance than traditional materials.

The manager’s accommodations has a sunny open plan living/kitchen/dining + bedroom. This can also be rented out.

Currently managed by one person with some casual additional help. Reception hours 2½ hrs per morning, and 5 hours in the afternoon/evening.

Sale inc: lease (22 years remaining) & business with all chattels as a going concern. Price exclusive of GST, and does not include the land and buildings, which is leased. Contact Rachel for further information.
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