YHA Paihia exterior 4 2015

NEW, NEW, NEW! Under 30? Then get the ultimate travel discount card! Exclusive to 18-30 yr olds, the YHA International Youth Travel Card offers you the joint benefit of thousands of YHA and IYTC discounts. Find out more and claim your travel discounts today.

Hostels, savings and peace of mind

Join the world's first and largest independent travel community and access high quality, affordable hostels in over 4,000 locations worldwide. From modern inner city havens to castles, yachts, treehouses and ski resorts, each hostel offers a unique glimpse into local life and a relaxed place to meet other travellers.

Not only does YHA membership save you money on accommodation, it also entitles you to over 4,000 travel discounts worldwide on transport, activities, equipment and entertainment.

Join online now!            Renew your membership

Alternatively you can join by calling our Customer Services Team on (NZ) 0800 278 299, email, or by visiting any YHA New Zealand hostel. 

Membership categories:

    1 year 2 years* 3 years* Permanent
Under 18 years    Free* Free Free -
18 years & over   $25 $40 $60 -
YHA & IYTC membership   $35 - - -
Joint Membership*   $40  $70 $110 -
Gold Membership*   - - - $350

*Available to New Zealand Residents only

Please be advised that the Life Membership category has been discontinued and is no longer available for purchase. Any printed material referring to the Life Membership is now out of date and no longer accurate or valid. 

What do I receive when I join?

YHA Membership pays for itself:

  • Save 10% on accommodation at over 40 of the best hostels in New Zealand by booking direct on, or at hostel reception
  • Aussie $5 off Voucher - gives you $5 off your overnight rate at a selection of YHA Australia Hostels
  • Access to over 100 travel & activity discounts throughout NZ – Saving you anything 10% - 25% off transport, activities and accessories
  • Member deals on travel packages - via our bimonthly digital magazine Backpacker Essentials
  • New Zealand Backpacker Map - Full travel map of New Zealand including details on all YHA New Zealand hostels and discounts nationwide
  • FREE Kathmandu Summit Club Membership - valued at $10. Gives you up to 20% off travel gear at Kathmandu nationwide
  • Invitations to exclusive YHA member events - Find out about Upcoming events 

Don't forget - your membership is valid worldwide, giving you access to member rates at over 4,200 hostels and thousands of discounts! So you can continue saving on your next adventure.

YHA International Youth Travel Card Membership 

This is a fantastic new membership option exclusive to travellers 18 - 30 years olds.

YHA New Zealand and the International Youth Travel Card (IYTC) have combined forces to bring you the ultimate travel discount card. The YHA International Youth Travel Card offers the same benefits of both memberships but for a lot less cost.

To buy a YHA Membership and a separate Youth Travel Card would cost you $55. Now you can enjoy the benefits of both in one card for only $35! Find out more here.

Join online now - New Zealand Residents

Join online now - Overseas Visitor 

Joint Membership 

Specially designed for couples and families, the joint membership is available to adults living together in a couple relationship at the same residential address. Each person must be a New Zealand resident. 

For a family with children under 17 years of age, this means that a whole family could be members of the YHA network for the low price of just $40.  (Youth membership is free, but each youth must have his or her own membership card, particularly if your family will be travelling overseas. Be sure to complete an application for them, too, before you leave!)

This offer is available to New Zealand residents and can only be purchased through our National Office. 
Join online now

Gold Membership 

Permanent membership to the YHA network and available to New Zealand residents only. Join online now 

YHA Endorsed GroupYHA Endorsed Group - New Zealand based 

Endorsed Group status is available to any bona-fide New Zealand based organisation; participants must be New Zealand residents. YHA Endorsed Group status is issued on an annual basis and is useful for groups wanting to travel overseas as some couyntries require Group membership status. New Zealand Hostels don't require this to stay at NZ YHA's. Use this form to gain Group Membership.

To be considered as a group, there must be 10 or more members travelling. All group members are covered by a single group membership.


In New Zealand non-YHA members are welcome to stay at any of our hostels by paying the standard rate per night. YHA members save 10% on accommodation. Many countries have a similar system in place but some operate on a member-only basis.

Membership renewal 

Available to New Zealand Residents only.  Renew now!

What does my membership fee support?

Through YHA New Zealand you are supporting both grass roots and national environmental protection and conservation programmes.YHA New Zealand has a strong relationship with the Department of Conservation (DOC), working on local programmes. 

We are also committed to minimising our own impact on the environment we live in. We’ve embarked on a programme to make our hostels ‘Sustainable Living Centres’. We look for smart ways of reducing our energy consumption, minimising our waste and recycling everything from food scraps to plastic. See some of our initiatives.

Frequently asked questions

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