YHA Napier

Description

Located on the beachfront close to Napier city centre the YHA Napier hostel has character, fantastic sea views (all the way to South America!), spacious rooms, cheerful staff and a convivial atmosphere. Originally a waterfront hotel this rambling survivor of the 1931 Napier earthquake is now a top rated backpacker hostel by Hostelworld.com customers.

Backpacker accommodation at YHA Napier includes comfortable twin, double, shared and single rooms all with bedside lights and lots of power points. The Napier hostel has a well-equipped kitchen, attractive cobbled courtyard and BBQ area and a TV room with a DVD player and free DVD's. Take some time in the lounge to read the poems and messages fellow backpackers have left on stones collected from the beach.

There's plenty to do in Napier and around the Hawke’s Bay, YHA Napier staff are happy to help you plan art deco, wine, food, gannet or sightseeing tours. This backpackers is close to Napier’s seaside attractions: National Aquarium and Kiwi House, Ocean Spa, Mini Golf and Museum. The hostel is also very close to the city centre, shops and supermarkets, cafes, bars, restaurants and takeaways and the cinema.

Napier/Hastings area has almost 200kms of cycle way and walking path with coastal wetland, river, scenic, orchard and vinyard sections. The coastal section is just across the road from YHA Napier. Bring your bike or hire one locally for a "great day in the Bay".

YHA Napier is considered to be one of the best hostels in New Zealand due to its beachfront location, homely atmosphere and knowledgeable staff who are committed to ensuring you make the most from your stay in the Napier and Hawke’s Bay region.

Quote

"Lovely place to stay" - TripAdvisor review 2013

 

 

Car

Coming from North and West: State Highway 2 from Taupo and Gisborne. Take the 1st turn left after Napier Airport, cross the bridge over the Ahuriri Lagoon, turn left at the first roundabout (onto Hyderabad road), follow this road for approx 3kms through the intersection with a railway line, around a bluff, past the container port (i.e. Bridge St, then Breakwater Rd) onto Marine Parade. The YHA is 2 blocks after the small roundabout at No. 277 Marine Parade on the corner with Vautier St.

Coming from South: State Highway 2 leads directly onto Marine Parade at the city limit. YHA is 4 blocks after the bypass road to Gisborne and Taupo at the intersection with Vautier St.

Coming from South: State Highway 50: take the Kennedy Rd off ramp and turn right under the flyover on to Kennedy Rd, turn right at 3rd set of traffic lights (approx 3 kms), turn right at the 2nd roundabout and take the first left into Vautier St. YHA is on the corner Vautier St and Marine Parade.

From the airport: follow directions for car coming from North and West.

Bus/Shuttle

Intercity: The bus stops on Dalton St between Station St and Dickens St. Go back the way the bus approached the stop to Vautier St (1.5 blocks) turn left 2 blocks to Marine Parade. The hostel is at the intersection only 5 minutes from stop.

Nakedbus: Stops at Napier I'Site on Marine Parade go south with the Ocean on your left for 2 blocks. The hostel is on the corner of Marine Parade and Vautier St.

Plane

5km from Napier Domestic Airport.

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mastercard
  • TV Room
  • VISA
  • Napier is the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand.  Take a guided walking tour or do your own self-guided tour. Some must see buildings are  the Gaiety de Luxe Cinema, Hotel Central and Daily Telegraph Building
  • Learn Napiers history by visiting the Museum, Theatre and Gallery which has a 1931 earthquake memorial gallery and showcases locally curated exhibitions and touring shows
  • Napier is in Wine Country and home to some fantastic vineyards so why not rent a bike and spend a day looking at beautiful scenery and tasting wonderful wines. There are several wineries within biking distance from the hostel. Mission Estate is the oldest vineyard established in 1851 and is housed in a beautifully restored seminary  
  • The National Aquarium of New Zealand is 500m from the hostel. Inside this modern complex you will find crocodile, eels, piranhas, penguins and our famous namesake the Kiwi just to name a few. Feeling brave? They why not take a swim with the sharks while you are there?
  • Take a day to visit Otatara Pa, Bluff Hill lookout and not to be missed Te Mata Peak the vista is stunning
  • Walk along Marine Parade, an elegant avenue lined with Norfolk Pines. Here you will find the Tom Parker Fountain, which is best viewed at night when it is beautifully illuminated. Next to it is Pania of the reef, Napier's iconic statue. This figure from local folklore has a romantic/tragic story
  • There are several golf courses nearby including the World famous Cape Kidnappers
  • Take a day trip in a wagon and get towed along the beach by a vintage tractor to a Gannet colony. There are 4 main Gannet colonies with over 20,000 nesting birds. Tours usually run October through to May.

Events

  • Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan – Travel in Style (Sep 27th - Mar 15th 2015) First time displayed: the spectacular wardrobe of an iconic New Zealander From the moment Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan (1932-2011) swept stylishly into parliament in 1967, it was clear that New Zealand had found a ...
  • 1931 Hawke’s Bay Earthquake (Sep 5th - Dec 31st) “The outline of the hill turned into a giant serpent as it heaved up and down. The shock wave swept across it, creating a monster crossing the skyline.” - NG Bailey At 10.47am on 3 February 1931 a devastating ...
  • Ukaipo – O Tatou Whakapapa (Sep 5th - Dec 31st) Ūkaipō is our identity, our home ground, our upbringing, our mothers. Its literal meaning is ‘being fed at the breast at night’. We acknowledge our ūkaipō when we visit our homeland, in recalling childhood ...
  • A Glorious Uncertainty – Elizabeth Matheson’s Life In Craft (Jan 1st - Jan 2nd 2015) A Glorious Uncertainty explores the life and work of pioneering studio potter Elizabeth Matheson (1890 - 1978). An independent spirit with an enquiring mind, Matheson remains one of the unsung heroes of New Zealand art ...
  • Borodin Quartet (Oct 20th - Oct 20th) Ruben Aharonian, violin Sergei Lomovsky, violin Igor Naidin, viola Vladimir Balshin, cello The Borodin Quartet is one of the great chamber music ensembles of our age. Founded originally in 1945 in Moscow, their ...
  • Quiz Night for Dummies (Mar 24th - Dec 8th) Quiz Night for Dummies – from 7pm We don’t take things too seriously around here. Drag a team together and bring them along for some quiz banter. Cash bar prizes on offer! Kick-off at 7pm. Plus all day $12 Lamb ...

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.

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