Accommodation while on vacation comes in many forms and of them all, Backpackers can be the most rewarding. Staying in accommodation that puts you in close contact with others of hugely diverse situations is one of the joys of travel, and increasingly those using backpackers are far from the normal youthful clientele. Tucked on the hillside close to the centre of town is Noah’s Ark Backpackers, providing refuge and company for many travellers. In recent months we have placed groups with the backpackers and it became obvious we needed to go and visit Lynda and her partner Harry.
Tell us about the origin of the name and the amazing art work on the walls?
Our Hostel was originally an Irish Catholic Monastery. It was subsequently sold and renamed Noah’s Ark in the 1980’s when 2 floods in the village caused many townspeople to seek refuge here. Each subsequent owner built on this theme and popular NZ artists and cartoonists were invited to do murals of animals and bird life on the interior walls. These spectacular paintings are definitely worth seeing and add character to the existing stain glass windows and native timber panelling.
Tell us what capacity and rooming configuration Noah’s Ark can provide?
We can accommodate a maximum of 60 guests. Private room types include, singles, doubles, triples, 4 person family rooms, 6 person family room and shared dormitory accommodation.
Pre the Paparoa Track, describe the range of clientele you were hosting and what the attraction of Noahs Ark was to them?
As a friendly, sociable Hostel, we welcome a broad spectrum of visitors including many cyclists doing the Wilderness Trail. We are the preferred accommodation provider for the TA. Both cyclists and hikers are attracted to Noah’s Ark Backpackers because of our close location to the town, railway/ bus station, supermarket, local food outlets, bike shops and the short driving/riding distance to local attractions. We provide covered, secure storage for bikes, tools for repairs and a hose for cleaning. We have great washing/ drying laundry facilities, and clothes lines are also available to use. We provide hot showers, a communal kitchen, outside BBQ and garden recreational areas. People comment that they sleep well and feel refreshed and ready to face the new day. For those needing transport to other tourist attractions, with prior notice, we have access to an affordable shuttle service.
What size groups and teams have you hosted in town?
We have hosted groups from 3 to 60 people . Most groups range from 6-8. Occasionally we receive large bookings from Schools or Universities.
What are the eating options available to those staying with you?
We are 3 minutes walk from the town centre, our guests have access to Countdown, cafes, bars and restaurants as well as fast food outlets such as McDonalds and KFC. We also proudly provide a 10% discount card for Monteiths Brewery. This is very popular.
Who do you suggest would make your ideal groups staying over?
Cyclists and hikers. Any age group. People who are keen to have a great holiday.