YHA Auckland City


About YHA Auckland City

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

The hostel 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 plus 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, YHA Auckland City 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 New Zealand.

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
  • Book Hostelling International hostels here
  • 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

  • Ed Sheeran: 12 December 2015, Mt Smart Stadium
  • ACDC: 15 December 2015, Western Springs Park
  • An Evening with Oprah: 16 December 2015, Vector Arena
  • Chirs Brown: 18 December 2015, Vector Arena
  • Jimmy Carr: 12 January 2016, ASB Theatre
  • Adam Lambert: 22 January 2016, Auckland Town Hall
  • Stan Walker: 5 February 2016, Auckland Zoo
  • Cirque de Soliel: 5 - 14 February 2016, Vector Arena
  • NZ Nines: 6 - 7 February, Eden Park
  • James Bay: 9 February 2016, Auckland Town Hall
  • Phantom of the Opera: 11 February - 4 March 2016, Civic
  • Raggamuffin: 20 February 2016, The Trusts Arena
  • Simply Red: 27 February 2016, Vector Arena
  • Madonna: 5, 6 March 2016, Vector Arena
  • Good Morning Mrs Brown: 25 - 27 March 2016, Vector Arena
  • Black Sabbath: 28 April 2016, Vector Arena
  • Iron Maiden: 1 May 2016, Vector Arena
  • Blue Man Group: 24 - 29 May 2016, Civic Theatre
  • Priscilla Queen of the Desert: 19 October - 22 October 2016, Civic Theatre
Booking essential for all of the above through Ticketek.


  • (May 30th - May 30th) For more than three decades, Laurence Aberhart has been photographing World War I memorials in New Zealand and Australia. This exhibiton, focusing on single-figure cenotaphs, quietly evokes the local significance of the ... Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
  • (Sep 5th - Sep 5th) The Story of Rama: Indian Miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi The 'Ramayana', or the journey of Rama, is one of the world's great epics. Follow this tale of love, loyalty, betrayal and the victory of good ... Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
  • (Sep 26th - Sep 26th) Experience the first-ever survey exhibition in New Zealand of China's preeminent moving image artist, Yang Fudong. Shanghai-based Yang Fudong has firmly established himself as one of the world's most extraordinary ... Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
  • (Oct 20th - Dec 10th) Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is a sport, a martial art and a form of self-defence. Taking place on the ground, it makes use of chokes, joint-locks and other techniques which do not require a great deal of strength to be ... Jai Thai Boxing Gym Auckland
  • (Dec 1st - Dec 1st) Ever noticed how some people seem to have a really clever idea for an innovative new product? What if you don’t have any ideas? How can you come up with a good idea to start a new business? In this ... BizDojo
  • (Oct 17th - Feb 8th 2016) 'At the Beach: 100 years of summer fashion in New Zealand' celebrates changing beach fashions and fun since the early 1900s. The exhibition will be on display across the Maritime Museum, and has been devised and ... New Zealand Maritime Museum

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.

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

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