YHA Tauranga is fantastic accommodation in the heart of the Bay of Plenty. Backpacking guests can explore the delightful gardens and admire the quirky hidden garden art, tucked away around every corner. We have hammocks, sun loungers and picnic tables where you can chill out in the sun or the shade and appreciate a sense of calm and relaxation right in the heart of Tauranga.
Budding chefs and backpackers on a budget will really enjoy the excellent cooking facilities, with a large fully equipped kitchen with pizza oven, rice cooker, sandwich maker and even fresh herbs to pick in the garden.
YHA Tauranga backpackers provide you with lots of free to use equipment for your entertainment – including sports equipment, DVDs, a well stocked library, board games and a guitar.
The hostel is only a 5 minute walk from the Central Business District, where you can find an extensive range of international restaurants, cafes, art gallery, nightclubs and bars as well as the local bus depot and two cinema complexes.
All of these great amenities and our knowledgeable and friendly staff makes YHA Tauranga the perfect accommodation for your exploration of our beautiful Bay of Plenty.
"Well-equipped, modern and welcoming hostel in secluded grounds a 5min walk from Tauranga centre…" -The Rough Guide to New Zealand
From Auckland and the north of Tauranga, take the “city centre” exit from the expressway, as you get nearer the city you will see a large flagpole on the roundabout, stay in the left-hand lane when turning right at the roundabout, we are the first street on the immediate left, the hostel is at the end of the cul-de-sac.
From Rotorua, Te Puke or Whakatane, stay on state highway 2 until you come to the Te Maunga roundabout, go straight through and follow the signs that say Tauranga city centre, go over the free harbour bridge and continue on the expressway, staying in the left lane. The next roundabout is Elizabeth Street exit, turn left into Elizabeth Street and then immediately turn left again into Elizabeth Street extension (cul-de-sac).
From Hamilton, Matamata, follow State highway 29 to Barkes corner roundabout, turn left into Cameron Road/City Centre and you will pass the Golf course and Racecourse, follow Cameron road all the way into the CBD, at the Elizabeth and Cameron Road traffic lights turn left and into the righthand lane, go down the hill, before the roundabout at the bottom of the hill turn right into a cul-de-sac street. The YHA is at the end of this.
Intercity stops at the I-site on Willow Street, you can get a taxi from across the road, which will cost $5, or walk past the I-site and up Spring Street, then along Cameron Road until the traffic lights, turn right and go down the hill and right again where you will see the YHA at the end of the road. (10-15 minute walk).
Shuttle buses will drop you at our door.
4 kms from Tauranga Airport.
If you are arriving by plane to Tauranga, you can get a taxi for about $20, hopefully you could share with someone else going into town to make it cheaper.
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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