YHA - Te Araroa Hostel of Choice
YHA (Youth Hostel Association) New Zealand is a huge supporter of Te Araroa - and why wouldn't they be - with 16 hostels on the Te Araroa route, and a further 4 within reach of the Trail in popular re-supply locations.
YHA offer a Low-Carbon Traveller discount** - and you don't get much lower-carbon than walking from one end of New Zealand to another right?
You need to be a YHA member and pre-register to claim this offer, read more HERE.
The YHA Hostels supporting Te Araroa are:
Five minutes from 90 mile beach, YHA Ahipara is the first stop on Te Araroa trail when travelling North to South. YHA Ahipara offers Te Araroa walkers great facilities and a range of accommodation including backpackers’ lodge, tent sites, cabins and a self-contained lodge. Dry out and store your gear while you fuel up in the guest kitchen, make use of the full laundry, check emails and trade travel stories beside the open fireplace over board games and ping pong.
Send your bounce box ahead to have it upon arrival or arrange to pick up extra supplies if you call or email at least 48 hours ahead of arrival. When you’re ready to hit the trail again, staff can drop you off at Herekino Saddle for a small donation towards fuel. YHA Low Carbon Travellers are welcome.
YHA Bay of Islands (Paihia)
YHA Bay of Islands Paihia is ideal for Te Araroa walkers with a range of accommodation options from shared to private rooms, all ensuited. The hostel is only 100m from the beach and a 5 minute walk to the Bay of Islands’ many water activities. Make the most of the hostel’s full kitchen facilities to cook up a feed or ask staff for their favourite restaurants nearby. Give your tramping clothes a thorough wash in the laundry facilities and then relax and unwind in the cosy lounge and outdoor area. Send your labelled bounce box ahead to collect upon arrival. Free Wifi is available to YHA Members.
YHA Whangarei is perfectly situated for Te Araroa walkers and welcomes walkers to send their gear ahead to pick up. The hostel offers various room options including dorm and private cabins, with or without kitchenettes. Hang your gear to air out or dry out and then refresh and soak away the aches of the trail in the hostel’s hot tub or swimming pool.
When getting ready to hit the trail again, restock your supplies from the nearby supermarket (Countdown Tikipunga, 1.5km/15-20min walk) or head to central Whangarei, a 6km/70min walk or a short bus ride away. Whangarei offers a range of outdoor supply shops, supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and bars. If you plan to stay a bit longer in Whangarei, chat to staff about long or short term storage.
YHA Auckland City - 18 Liverpool Street, Auckland Central, Auckland P: 09 309 2802 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
YHA Auckland City and YHA Auckland International offer a great place to rest up in the first big city stop along the Te Araroa journey. Make use of fully-equipped kitchens, relaxed dining rooms, TV rooms, sundecks, BBQ area and laundry. These YHAs can hold your mail for up to three months if you have a booking They also offer long term storage for just $10 per week for guests, however space is limited so please check prior to sending any packages that space is available and you qualify as a guest. Stock up on groceries at the nearby supermarket or grab a packed breakfast at the hostel. The friendly staff will book your bus back into the wild. Free Wifi is available and the hostels are staffed 24 hours. YHA Low Carbon Travellers are welcome.
YHA Waitomohas been entertaining guests for decades with its deep caverns, luminescent glowworms and dark waterways for generations. YHA Waitomo offers the perfect base to experience all this spectacular place has to offer. The hostel is situated on a farm and has stunning views and native forest as your backdrop. Relax in a hammock by our large swimming pool and unwind from the adrenalin activities on your doorstep.
YHA National Park
YHA National Park - 4 Findlay St, National Park P: 07 8922870 E: email@example.com
Right on the trail and under the shadow of three volcanoes, YHA National Park is well equipped for walkers conquering Te Araroa. The hostel provides a drying room and plenty of storage for gear. There's a wood fire in the kitchen and an outdoor shop 700m away.
Wind down in the comfortable communal area with board games, movies or swap your book. Fuel up at one of the recommended local eateries before heading out again. Hostel transport to/from the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Mt Ruapehu Whakapapa Ski Field is offered for a fee. Call ahead to let staff know your plans and they will hold incoming mail for you.
Or, give your feet a rest. YHA Ohakune rents and relocates bikes for the 30km portion of Te Araroa from Ohakune to Pipiriki and the 70km Whanganui River Road to Whangaui. Trailer and panniers are available for hire or the hostel will transport gear.
YHA Ohakune has a drying room as well gear storage.
YHA Whanganui - 2 Plymouth Street, Wanganui P: 06 348 2301 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Set amongst spacious sub-tropical gardens, YHA Whanganui is adjacent to the Whanganui River and is a restful and quiet hostel that feels more like a B&B. Choose either a private or multi-share room and take advantage of the huge kitchen for cooking up a feed to refuel. Relax in the comfortable lounge with TV, music centre, games, cards and a small library. The hostel offers in-house massage and Reiki healing treatments by appointment – great for those aches and pains of Te Araroa!
YHA Wellington - 292 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington P: 04 801 7280 E: email@example.com
Celebrate completing the northern portion of Te Araroa at YHA Wellington, one of the most central hostels in the capital, ideal for everything Wellington has to offer. Te Papa and the waterfront are a five minute walk from the hostel, as is Courtenay Place, a hub of lively restaurants, cafes and bars.
Stock up on all essentials as you prepare for your next half of the journey. There is large grocery store across the street and number of outdoor shops in the city. The 5 star Qualmark hostel has an espresso bar on site, selling barista made coffee, a selection of cabinet food and a $6 bagel breakfast.
YHA Picton - 34 Auckland Street, Picton P: 03 573 6598 E: 03 573 6598
YHA Picton The Villa is a converted 110-year old boutique character home with sun-drenched rooms, gardens and verandas. Located in the centre of town, everything Picton has to offer is right on the doorstep including kayaking, diving, sailing, walks or cruising the magnificent Marlborough Sounds.
Family owned and operated, YHA Picton is clean, tidy and friendly with a wide range of comfortable accommodation at affordable prices. Accommodation includes multi-share, female only, double and twin ensuite. YHA Picton also accommodates families and groups. The hostel has two fully equipped kitchens plus a BBQ kitchen and offers free unlimited WiFi, free bike hire, fishing gear, spa pool, treehouse and a courtyard fire for evenings listening to live music and meeting fellow travellers.
YHA Nelson - 59 Rutherford Street, Nelson P: 03 545 9988 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
YHA Nelson is a convenient base to take a break from Te Araroa. There's plenty of space to stash your gear and there's a sauna, foosball, table tennis and a DVD collection to help you unwind from your tramp. YHA Nelson is in the heart of sunny Nelson and close to iconic cafes and restaurants. Heaps of outdoor gear shops are within walking distance as well as a supermarket that's open till late.
The hostel offers a range of accommodation options including dorm, private and ensuited. There are two well-equipped kitchens, a sunny garden and courtyard BBQ. Free Wifi available to YHA Members. Book ahead to make sure you don’t miss out.
YHA Hanmer Springs
YHA Hanmer Springs - 14 Amuri Avenue, Hanmer Springs P: 03 315 7472 E: email@example.com
YHA Hanmer Springs is the perfect place to divert from the trail and soak up the mountain atmosphere and soak in natural hot springs. The hostel is a 3 minute walk from Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa for relaxing tired muscles before hitting the trail again. The hostel offers a range of accommodation options from private ensuite to multi-share. Use the drying room for your gear, relax in the courtyard with a BBQ or spend cold nights in front of the log fire.
YHA Arthur's Pass
Mountain House YHA Arthur's Pass is situated in the alpine village of Arthur's Pass, right on the Main Divide of the Southern Alps, just two hours from Christchurch and ninety minutes from Greymouth on the West Coast. YHA Arthur’s Pass backpacker accommodation consists of the main backpacker lodge set in the centre of town, a modern, heated suntrap with great views and visiting kea, but still with a small hostel feel.
Just opposite the Lodge is the historic YHA building with multi-share rooms perfect for backpacking groups. A mural by Cora Wilding, the founder of the YHA New Zealand, is a feature of this building. Adjacent to our historic lodge are two fully self contained motel units. They are spacious modern and well appointed with televisions, queen sized beds and electric blankets.
As groceries are expensive and limited in Arthur's Pass Village, we advise you to purchase groceries before you arrive. You can do this in Hokitika or Greymouth on the West Coast or in Christchurch on the East Coast. If not resupplying from a larger town, we are happy to take bounce/resupply boxes. We charge $10 if you are staying or $20 if not per box or parcel. Pop your name, phone number and estimated arrival date on the box. You will need photo ID to pick up your box and boxes can only be given to the person named on the box.
YHA Lake Tekapo (**closed for refurbishment July 2017-July 2018)
YHA Lake Tekapo - 3 Simpson Lane, Lake Tekapo P: 03 680 6857 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Located on the glacier-fed Lake Tekapo lakefront, enjoy unobstructed views to the lake and mountains beyond. YHA Lake Tekapo is close to the township and has great facilities. Fuel up in the guest kitchen, check emails, trade travel stories beside the fireplace in the large lounge and soak away aching muscles at nearby Tekapo Springs.
YHA Lake Tekapo offers a range of accommodation from dorm to private rooms and tent sites. Staff are happy to forward mail to your next destination once you take up the trail again from highway 8. Free Wifi available to YHA Members. YHA Low Carbon Travellers are welcome.
YHA Wanaka is situated in the stunning alpine village of Lake Wanaka New Zealand. Our central Wanaka location offers uninterrupted views of Lake Wanaka and New Zealand’s famed Southern Alps, with a range of warm and comfortable budget accommodation and great communal facilities.
YHA Wanaka offers a choice of quality budget accommodation, designed for the independent traveller. YHA Wanaka boasts a great range of facilities, designed to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Our famed open plan lounge/dining area has a roaring log fire and boasts stunning views of Lake Wanaka and New Zealand's Southern Alps.
YHA Queenstown Lakefront - 88-90 Lake Esplanade, Queenstown P: 03 442 8413 E: email@example.com
YHA Te Anau
YHA Te Anau - 29 Mokonui Street, Te Anau P: 03 249 7847 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
YHA Te Anau is a large, comfortable hostel designed for walkers. One block from the shores of Lake Te Anau and just off Te Anau’s main road, walkers can purchase hiking gear, groceries and local Fiordland cuisine. YHA Te Anau lovely lounge has a fireplace and plenty of couch space and there is a drying room and gear storage available. There are a range of accommodation options from dorm to private, all with a unique homely atmosphere. Staff can even arrange a shuttle to the start of the next track. Free Wifi available to YHA Members. YHA Low Carbon Travellers are welcome.