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Quality Facilities & Services


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

"Cleanest hostel I've ever been to. Keep up the good work".
- Janice, Canada

For an added convenience to our guests, nearly all rooms at the Criterion have washbasins. Common areas at the Criterion Backpackers are comfortable, welcoming, and smoke free. Our tidy kitchen, complete with gas oven/stovetops and microwaves, is perfect for preparing your favorite international dishes. Add some flavor to your meals with our vast selection of free herbs and spices or simply help yourself with free tea & coffee.

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

During the day, the sun pours in through the windows adding a sparkle to our open-spaced dining area. Spend your evening relaxing with a glass of wine while watching the magical Hawke's Bay sunset out on the verandah or challenge one of your fellow travelers to a game of pool, monopoly or cards.


"Very impressed. Wish we could stay longer. Loved Napier, the architecture is amazing, and the Criterion Hotel is great and very clean".
- Toby & Sophie, England

We want you to feel at home while staying at the Criterion, so please use our backpackers' phone line to make and receive free local calls, perfect for fruit pickers looking for seasonal work or for booking one of Hawke's Bay's many activities.

We can always accommodate groups of backpackers that are traveling together.