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.


  • (Dec 4th - Dec 4th) Sydney Hotshots live at the Gisborne Cosmopolitan Club! Ever evolving and adapting, the Sydney Hotshots (the sexiest men in Sydney!) have launched their latest show, the My Love tour featuring dance tributes to ... Gisborne Cosmopolitan Club
  • (Oct 9th - Dec 13th) Tiki Stardust is the beginning of an adventure. Tiki is a Māori girl. She loves drawing, books, cats and sitting up late to watch 12 O Clock Rock. This exhibition is a prequel, a heraldic vision of rock n roll glory, ... Tairawhiti Museum
  • (Oct 16th - Dec 6th) Art-working together as a family, Relativity, is an ambitious exhibition of artworks by members of Gisborne’s creative Brown family exploring the concept of individualism within the family construct. This ... Tairawhiti Museum
  • (Nov 27th - Mar 30th 2016) William Fitzgerald Crawford came to Gisborne in 1874 to brew. He was so successful that he established and built his own brewery. He acquired the Albion Hotel, became the first Mayor of Gisborne, was the fire ... Tairawhiti Museum
  • (Oct 25th - Dec 13th) Texas holdem Poker every Sunday. Beginners welcome. Facebook page Gisbornepoker for updates and special events. Cosmopolitan Club
  • (Dec 10th - Dec 10th) The Operatunity famous and infamous panto puts a smile on the face and a lilt in our step as we romp through our own slightly twisted story of Snow White and with budget constraints, 3 and a half dwarves, plus a few ... Lawson Field Theatre

YHA Gisborne welcomes group accommodation reservations. We are able to supply up to 28 multi-share beds and 6 private rooms,including one family ensuite room. All rooms are of a comfortable size and we are able to offer good parking facilities within the hostel grounds. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Click here to read YHA New Zealand's full Groups Brochure.

Capacity and Room Types.

 YHA Gisborne can cater for up to 38 people across 11 rooms.

 Room types available are:

  • 1 x 10 bed multi-share.
  • 2 x 6 bed multi-share.
  • 1 x 4 bed multi-share.
  • 1 x 2 bed multi-share.
  • 2 x twin private rooms.
  • 3 x double private rooms.
  • 1 x family ensuite room.

The accommodation

Bedding to all rooms is supplied including towels for private accommodation. If required extra towels can be hired for $1.00 per towel.

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

Please contact YHA Gisborne directly on 06 8673269 or email yha.gisborne@clear.net.nz or ph 0800 278299 for YHA NZ customer services.