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Criterion Art Deco Backpackers!

Art Deco Accommodation in Napier, New Zealand

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Criterion Art Deco Backpackers!

Art Deco Accommodation in Napier, New Zealand

WELCOME TO

Criterion Art Deco Backpackers!

Art Deco Accommodation in Napier, New Zealand

WELCOME TO THE

Criterion Art Deco Backpackers!

Art Deco Accommodation in Napier, New Zealand


Unique Spanish Mission/Art Deco Style building Located in the heart of Napier and just minutes from the Visitor Information Center( i-Site), the Criterion Art Deco Backpackers is Hawkes Bay premier Hostel. It enjoys a 4 Star Plus status and currently holds a 85% Hostelworld customer rating and 85% with booking.com.

The Criterion is Napier's largest Spanish Mission / Art Deco style building and one of the most photographed. Originally built as a luxury hotel in 1932 after the famous Hawke's Bay earthquake, the Criterion has recently been refurbished and now provides travelers with a comfortable base for exploring the Hawke's Bay area. (Please note our hostel is suitable for children, we have a family room available.)

The Criterion Art Deco Backpackers exceeds all expectations for budget accommodation with friendly and helpful staff, a spacious kitchen area complete with free herbs and spices, a relaxing lounge, a cozy television room with SKY TV, an entertaining pool table, free local phone calls, and breathtaking sunsets from the verandah.

Additionally, the Criterion provides laundry facilities, 24-hour internet access, hotspots and free bed linen.

The Criterion is a member of BBH network and is consistently rated as one of the top backpacker establishments in Hawke's Bay.


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We not only offer excellent facilities but are also affordable.


Facilities and Services

Free Pool Table, Gift Landry, Free WiFi , Bike Hire and Free Continental Breakfast.


Large Common Kitchen and Kids Friendly.

We refurbished, the Criterion Backpackers provides travellers with quality facilities, exceptional services, and modern day conveniences to ensure that their experience in Hawke's Bay is a pleasurable one.


Family Room


$116


Testimonials


"Take a Spanish-Mission style building, mix it with dedicated staff, and a definite 'homely' feel, and you have a great place for a backpacker. Of all the places I have stayed in NZ, this is quite easily the best of them. Well done to my hosts".

Michael, South Africa

"Cleanest hostel I've ever been to. Keep up the good work".

Janice, Canada

"What a cool place to stay. Excellent hostel and brilliantly run. Friendly and clean, I'll recommend it!"

Lisa, Ireland

Central Location

Driving Directions

The Criterion Art Deco Backpackers is located at 48 Emerson Street, right in the heart of Napier.


In addition to being one of the main attractions and most photographed building on the Art Deco Walk, the Criterion is only a few steps from the unique Market Street precinct; a short walk to the Visitor's Information Center, Bus depot, Beach, Ocean Spa, Marineland, and Aquarium; and just minutes from supermarkets. The Criterion is also conveniently located within the midst of the vibrant bars, cafes, and restaurants.


Discover the vibrant architecture, numerous wineries, spectacular outdoor adventures, and stunning landscapes of Hawke's Bay, one of New Zealand's most appealing destinations. In addition to being one of the first places in the world to see the sun rise, Hawke's Bay is enriched in history, culture, and activities for backpackers of all ages to enjoy.