YHA Gisborne


YHA Gisborne, a cosy and charming backpackers hostel, is set in spacious grounds within New Zealand’s sunniest city. Our backpacking guests love to relax in the sunshine or take in the many sights and activities that Gisborne has to offer. The hostel offers a warm and friendly atmosphere and is a very easy place to just chill out and unwind or take a walk to the surfing beaches at Wainui and Waikanae. You can hire a surfboard, and if you can, make sure you get up early to be the first in the world to see the sunrise of the new day at Wainui beach.

YHA Gisborne is located in central Gisborne, only 15 minutes from the i-site and bus depot. Food and takeaway shops are just over the road, or make use of the well-equipped kitchen to whip up a meal to go with the great wines you’ve picked up from the Gisborne region.

The YHA Gisborne backpackers comprises a variety of accommodation to suit any individual or group, available with 24-hour access. The hostel also has a large common room with a new plasma 32 inch tv and sky tv, internet access, card phone and fax.


“Spacious and central associate YHA … with new carpets, a sunny deck and a cheery paint job.” –The Rough Guide to New Zealand

By Car:

Follow Gladstone Rd thru central CBD, over the bridge
onto Wainui Rd and we are 400 metres past the harbour
on the right, corner of Wainui Rd and Harris St, opposite Video Easy.

By Bus/Shuttle:

1km from station. Stops at the information centre.

Taxi $8, or 15 to 20 minute walk.

Some Bus drivers will drop near the hostel if asked (politely) as they drive to wash and refuel near the hostel after main drop off.

By Plane:

6km from Gisborne Domestic Airport.

There is no shuttle service.

Taxi $20.

By Train:

600m from the station. 

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Internet Access
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • TV Room
  • VISA
  • Take a Whale Rider tour to nearby Whangara village on the East Cape.
  • Visit the idyllic beaches of the East Cape and observe traditional Maori culture on the many Maraes.
  • Kaiti Hill offers the best walk for magnificent views over Gisborne and Poverty Bay and is right next to the YHA Gisborne hostel.
  • Watch the sunrise of the new day at Wainui beach – be the first in the world to do so.
  • Enter the shark cage if you dare, feed stingrays or just watch the penguins with Dive Tatapouri.


  • Eastland Group Spellbound Radio Concert Series Season Pass (Apr 11th - Apr 11th) Twelve concerts and six free music workshops over five weekends in April and May. Visiting musicians from California, Sydney, Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga. Spellbound Harbour Radio in Gisborne with ...
  • Darren Watson - Eastland Group Spellbound Radio Series (Apr 17th - Apr 17th) Darren Watson is one of New Zealand's most original & unique blues voices. In a career spanning almost three decades he has recorded and released music that has gained both critical and commercial success on his own ...
  • Herenga Pūmau – a Walk Down Memory Lane (Apr 17th - Jun 13th) The Wiremu Kerekere Whānau Trust shares in celebration a collection of heart-warming photographs, images and memorabilia from the albums of their Father, Poua, Wiremu Peka Kingi Kerekere, more widely known as Bill ...
  • Diana Harris - Eastland Group Spellbound Radio Series (Apr 19th - Apr 19th) The human voice when it is revved up to convey passion can be a marvelous thing. Diana Harris is blessed with a voice that will travel from a whisper to a scream and back with plenty of sonic colorations along the way to ...
  • Easter Fair (Apr 19th - Apr 20th) Arts & Crafts Gisborne members have their annual fair. Local artisans will be demonstrating and selling their work. Arts & crafts include batik, ceramics, candles, woodwork, knitting, jewellery, mosaics, painting, ...
  • Titokuwaru’s Dilemma - Marion Maguire (Apr 11th - May 25th) Marian Maguire has produced lithographic prints and etchings over the last decade using the visual language of Ancient Greek vase painting to examine New Zealand history – in particular narratives concerning early ...

YHA offers a range of accommodation to suit groups of all types. Find out how YHA can help your group with their accommodation, transport and activity needs.

Each hostel offers a range of accommodation options for your group. Please email our Customer Services team or phone freephone (within NZ) 0800 278 299.