YHA Paraparaumu


Situated right on the beach at Paraparaumu with stunning views of Kapiti Island, this charming backpackers hostel began life as a hotel in 1923 and has been lovingly restored to its former glory with lovely oak furniture in the rooms and historic photos of the Kapiti area.

YHA Paraparaumu Barnacles Seaside Inn offers a variety of accommodation, many rooms have sea views which you can request when booking. The hostel is only 200 metres from cafes and restaurants and near the Coastal Bike track and various beach walks.

This Paraparaumu backpackers is close to Kapiti Island, a nature reserve for New Zealand’s special bird life. Bookings and pick ups for Kapiti Island tours are available from the hostel. Just a 45 minute drive from Wellington, YHA Paraparaumu Barnacles Seaside Inn offers homely accommodation where you can step back into the past and enjoy fantastic hospitality as well as ambience.


"The revamped YHA Paraparaumu Barnacles Seaside Inn in an attractive 1923 hotel is comfortable and overlooks the beach." –The Rough Guide to New Zealand

By Car

From Wellington takes 45 minutes.

From highway 1, follow the signs to Paraparaumu Beach. If you are coming from Wellington you will need to take a left at the BP service station.

If youre coming from north of Paraparaumu it will be a right at the BP service station.

This will bring you on to Kapiti road. Follow this road all the way to the end, take a left at the round about.

We are on your left just after the round about.

By Bus/Shuttle

Bus No. 71 or 72 to Paraparaumu Beach.

Bus No. 73 and 74 also come out to the beach, but are a lot less frequent.

By Train

Take Paraparaumu line train to Paraparaumu station.

There is a bus that meets each train coming from Wellington (bus no. 71 & 72)

This will bring you down to Paraparaumu beach….You could ask the driver to drop you outside the hostel, theyre very friendly!

Taxi from Paraparaumu station approx $12 to the hostel.

By Ferry

Take train to/from Ferry Terminal in Wellington.

Follow highway 1 north (see car directions).

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  • BBQ
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Mastercard
  • TV Room
  • VISA
  • Travel out to Kapiti Island nature reserve and see New Zealand’s special native birds up close.
  • Play on New Zealand’s only world top 100 golf course – The Paraparaumu Beach Golf Links.
  • Try the delicious cheese and ice-cream at Kapiti Cheeses.
  • Stroll along beautiful Paraparaumu beach and relax in the village atmosphere of the town and enjoy the stunning views out to Kapiti Island.


  • Kapiti Circus Classes - Kids & Youth (Aug 6th - Sep 24th) A Fun 1.5 hr class x 8 week introduction to circus skills, including: aerial circus, acrobatics, object manipulation and games. Ages 7 - 77, all welcome, no experience necessary. Age groups will be: 7 - 10 years ...
  • Kapiti Circus Classes - Adults (Aug 7th - Sep 25th) A Fun 1.5 hr class x 8 week introduction to circus skills, including: aerial circus, acrobatics, object manipulation and games. A great social way to get fit and experience something a little different in a supportive, ...
  • Otaki Remembers World War 1 (Aug 21st - Oct 25th)
  • Squealer (Aug 29th - Aug 29th) Squealer is coming to Kapiti Junction. Squealer is the biggest rock band in Wellington. One of their last concerts filled the venue with 450 guests. If you like decent rock, including AC/DC covers then this is the gig ...
  • Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado (Aug 30th - Aug 30th) Presented by Wellington G&S Light Opera The Mikado, the best loved comic opera of all time, relishes the many hilarious situations that arise when he (the Emperor of Japan) comes to inspect the workings of local ...
  • Highland Ball (Aug 30th - Aug 30th) Kapiti Caledonian Society is holding it's Annual Highland Ball. Come along and enjoy some Scottish music & dances. Formal dress required ( kilts, ties, ball gown or knee length dress). Live Band, Kapiti Coast Pipes & ...

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.