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. Circ Intro 1 (P'umu October Holidays) (Oct 1st - Oct 8th) A fun introduction to circus skills, including: aerial circus, acrobatics, object manipulation and games. Ages 7 - 17. (The class will be split into 2 age / size groups as necessary, depending upon participants) No ...
  • Kapiti Circus Classes. Circ Intro 2 (P'umu October Holidays) (Oct 1st - Oct 8th) A fun general circus skills class, including: aerial circus, acrobatics, object manipulation and games. For all students (7 - 17 yr) who have done the previous term classes. Also working toward the showing on Friday 17 ...
  • Seeds of Hope (Oct 1st - Oct 1st) Mental Health Awareness Week is from 6 – 12 October 2014. The theme is “Keep Learning”. This year Te Ara Korowai is celebrating the learning that happens in our art programme and our activities are focused on ...
  • Otaki Remembers World War 1 (Aug 21st - Dec 20th)
  • Cowkids and Dinosaurs - By Dan & Dani (Sep 30th - Oct 10th) Howdy, partner! Frankiesaurus has become sheriff of ‘Western Town’. He has sent Dan and Dani out into the desert to learn how to be a cowboy and cowgirl. They are very excited as Dani love horses and Dan loves ...
  • Market (Jun 7th - Dec 6th) St Peter's Village Hall in Paekakariki hosts a market on the first Saturday of every month between 10am and 1pm. You will find a variety of things for sale, from second-hand books and kitchen goods to veges, clothes, ...

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.