YHA Auckland City


About YHA Auckland City

YHA Auckland City is the ideal backpacker hostel to start or finish your New Zealand adventure.

This former hotel offers a range of clean and comfortable rooms from different sized dorm rooms (male or female only available), to private single, twin and double rooms. The hostel combines the excitement of the city with a safe and secure environment.

A fully equipped kitchen, relaxed dining room, comfortable TV room, spacious sundeck and BBQ area, laundry and luggage storage facilities and free accommodation and travel service, make this 4-star Qualmark rated hostel an awesome place to stay.

Located at the top of Queen Street in the heart of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most exciting city, the YHA Auckland City hostel provides easy access to the city centre and is surrounded by shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs.

The hostel is also a short walk from the Airbus Express stop making it easy to find when you first arrive, or a great place to spend your last few days in NZ.

Knowledgeable staff are on hand 24 hours a day to welcome you with a big smile! The team can offer advice about the best things to do in Auckland and New Zealand, and can book any activities, transport or YHA accommodation around the country to help make your trip as easy as possible.

Travel in Auckland and around New Zealand

YHA Auckland City has an onsite travel and accommodation booking service to help you book your activities and travel in Auckland and around the country. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to give advice as to the best ways to make the most of your time and money in New Zealand. They can also book all your YHA accommodation in advance to help make your trip as relaxing as possible.

Here’s a small sample of some of the iconic Auckland sights and activities:

  • The Auckland Harbour Bridge
  • Aotea Square – visit the square for crafts markets, rallies and arts festivals.
  • The Britomart Centre – is the main public transport hub
  • Karangahape Road – also known as "K' Road", and is famous for its bars, clubs and shops
  • Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World – aquarium and Antarctic centre
  • New Zealand National Maritime Museum – features New Zealand maritime history
  • Queen Street - main street of the city, from Karangahape Road down to the harbour.
  • Sky Tower – the tallest free standing structure in the southern hemisphere which offers fantastic panoramic views of Auckland.
  • The Viaduct – restaurants, bars, excellent fish n' chips and home to the Americas’ cup yacht


YHA Auckland City is a large and central YHA with seven floors of mostly twin and double rooms – the upper ones with fine city views – plus well-equipped common areas and a large travel centre. - The Rough Guide to New Zealand

By Bus:

The hostel is 800m from the station. Head down Victoria Street and turn right into Queen Street, City Road is on the left from station

By Plane:

23km to Auckland International Airport. Door to door transfers with Airbus and Super Shuttle

By Train:

1km to hostel. Walk from station up Queen Street to Hostel (25mins) or catch a bus up Queen Street from Britomart ($0.50)

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  • Activity booking
  • BBQ
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  • Communal dining area
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mastercard
  • TV Room
  • VISA

To do in Auckland 

  • Visit Auckland’s Sky Tower for breathtaking views over the ‘City of Sails’. Try the Sky Walk or the Sky Jump if you’re feeling brave.
  • Walk across Auckland’s iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge for stunning views of Auckland’s downtown with Sky Tower and across Auckland Harbour.
  • Go off shore and visit the islands: Rangitoto, Waiheke, Great Barrier, Tiritiri Matangi, Rotoroa, Kawau and Motutapu.
  • Venture over to the Marine Village of Devonport, where sandy beaches, stylish shops and little eateries await.
  • Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World remains a popular place to visit to see New Zealand’s varied marine life up close and personal.
  • Get the best views of the city from 16500ft at the North Islands highest drop zone with Skydive Auckland.
  • Something is always in bloom at the Auckland Botanical Gardens, a short drive from the CBD. And it's FREE!
  • Visit the Stardome Observatory & Planetarium and discover star clusters, gas cloud nebulae and star patterns that can only be seen from this latitude.
  • Hop on the ferry for a scenic ride to the picturesque Waiheke Island and then zip through Waiheke's native bush on EcoZip Adventure's 200m dual flying fox ziplines.
  • Stroll along Mission Bay's promendade and discover the seaside charm of suburbs St Heliers Bay and Kohimarama, all within walking or cycling distance from the Auckland CBD.
  • Go along with Eden Park Tours for a tour of Eden Park, the home of the All Blacks and one of the world’s most famous sporting venues.
  • Visit the Auckland Zoo and Motat (Museum of Transport and Technology) in the gorgeous Western Springs domain.
  • Butterfly Creek, home of the crocs, has a unique collection of animals, insects and critters. It has brought the worlds most aggresive predator the Australian Crocodile to New Zealand.
  • Expereince Auckland's fantastic outdoors and hire a bike or tramping and camping gear from Adventure Capital.
  • Visit the Auckland Museum and Auckland Art Gallery for some of New Zealand’s best Maori and fine art collections.
  • Take in some live music or live theatre – Auckland is New Zealand’s entertainment capital.
All activities are bookable at hostel reception.

Auckland upcoming sport & music events

  • Paolo Nutini: 6 April 2015, The Powerstation
  • David Gray: 9 April 2015, Aotea Centre
  • Jurassic 5: 10 April 2015, Aotea Centre
  • Ed Sheeran: 11, 12 April 2015, Vector Arena 
  • Rod Stewart: 13, 14 April 2015, Vector Arena
  • Counting Crows: 14 April 2015, The Civic
  • Ricky Martin: 17 April 2015, Vector Arena
  • Gipsy Kings: 31 March 2015, Aotea Centre
  • The Waterboys: 31 March 2015, Aotea Centre
  • Sam Smith: 23 April 2015, Vector Arena
  • Demi Lovato: 26 April 2015, Vector Arena
  • Singing in the Rain: 1 May – 17 May 2015, The Civic
  • The Script: 5 May 2015, Vector Arena
  • America: 6 May 2015, Vector Arena
  • Motley Crue: 9 May 2015, Vector Arena
  • Spandau Ballet, 10 May 2015, Vector Arena
  • Michael Bolton: 18 May 2015, Aotea Centre
  • Backstreet Boys: 19 May 2015, Vector Arena
  • Count Bassie: 28 May 2015, The Civic
  • Herbie Hancock: 30 May 2015, The Civic
  • The Kooks: 15 June 2015, Vector Arena
  • 5 Seconds of Summer: 18 June 2015, Vector Arena
  • Maroon 5: 3 October 2015, Vector Arena
  • Kiss: 16 October 2015, Vector Arena
  • Neil Diamond: 19 October 2015, Vector Arena
  • Fleetwood Mac: 21 November 2015, Mt Smart
Lorde: 1 November 2014, Vector Arena
Joe Satriani: 1 November 2014, ASB Theatre
Elbow: 1, 2 November 2014, Power Station
Monster Jam: 1 – 2 November 2014, QBE Stadium
Madden Brother: 4 November 2014, ASB Theatre
Bill Bailey: 5, 6 November 2014, ASB Theatre
Fast5 Netball: 8 - 9 November 2014, Vector Areana
Mariah Carey: 13 November 2014, Vector Arena
Kimbra: 18 November 2014, Power Station
Rolling Stones: 22 November 2014, Mount Smart
Jimmy Barnes: 26 November 2014, ASB Theatre
Nick Cave: 6 - 7 December 2014, The Civic
John Legend: 10 December 2014, Vector Arena
Raggamuffin: 13 December 2014, Trusts Arena
Joan Armitrading: 17 December 2014, Great Hall
Katie Perry: 19, 20 December 2014, Vector Arena
Jethro Tull: 21 Decemebr, The Civic
Paul Simon And Sting: 30 January 2015, Vector Arena 
NRL Auckland Nines Tournament: 31 January - 2 February 2015, Eden Park
Eddie Izzard: 19 February 2015, ASB Theatre
Michael Palin: 17 February 2015, ASB Theatre
Eagles: 14, 15 March 2015, Mount Smart
Rod Stewart: 13, 14 April 2015, Vector Arena

Ricky Martin: 17 April 2015, Vector Arena



Booking essential for all of the above through Ticketek.


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Groups staying at YHA in Auckland mainly stay at the YHA International hostel.

YHA Auckland International is a 4 star plus, Enviro Silver Qualmark rated hostel and provides quality, secure and affordable accommodation to all types of groups from schools and colleges, to sporting and cultural groups. The hostel is located in Auckland’s CBD close to Queen Street, the Sky Tower, Aotea Square, Civic Theatre and many other attractions.

Click here to read YHA New Zealand's full groups brochure.

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Auckland International can cater for up to 168 people across 47 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 4 x 8 bed multi-share
  • 24 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 11 x twin and double rooms
  • 8 x twin and double rooms with ensuite facilities.

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 4 or 8 bed rooms. Shared single sex bathroom facilities are situated on each floor. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1 each.

Due to the layout of rooms, some members of your group may be on a different floor.

Private rooms

Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in single, double or twin rooms with private or shared bathroom facilities. These rooms include all bed linen and towels. Please note that we have a limited number of private rooms with ensuite facilities and they are subject to availability.

All bedrooms require swipe keys for access and a duplicate set can be provided for leaders to access all rooms allocated to your group.

Group Meals

Continental breakfast can be served upon request for $10 per person. It includes a choice of three cereals, fruit salad, toast and tea, coffee, milo and fruit juice. Packed breakfast and packed lunch available when booked in advance. From $10 per meal per person.

Free WiFi for Group Leaders

We know being a group leader is tough work at the best of times and you need to stay contactable as much as possible to keep things running smoothly. To help you stay connected YHA offers provides group leaders with free high speed WiFi during their stay.  

Free Booking Service

A free booking service is provided for all land-based domestic travel and activities including: Interislander and Bluebridge ferries, Tranzalpine, Tranzscenic and Overland trains, Intercity coach travel and local shuttle services.

Contact our Group Coordinators

Contact YHA Auckland direct 09 302 8200 or email auckland.groups@yha.co.nz or our national groups coordinator 0800 278 299

Download YHA Auckland Group Information