YHA Tauranga


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.

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mastercard
  • TV Room
  • VISA
  • Estuary walk; a 2 hr easy circuit from the hostel. Check out the birdlife
  • Climb Mt. Maunganui: catch a local bus to “the Mount” and walk to the top for spectacular views over the Bay of Plenty region.
  • Walk around the base of Mt. Maunganui to also have great views
  • Surfing lessons at “the Mount”
  • Long white sand beaches to relax on
  • BloKarting at Papamoa
  • Skydiving/glider flight
  • Horsetrekking
  •  Have a latte at one of Taurangas many waterfront cafes/restaurants
  • The best fish n chips in the Bay can be brought in Tauranga
  • Great nightlife is an 8 minute walk from the hostel – no driving


  • National Jazz Festival: Downtown Carnival (Apr 19th - Apr 20th) Once more the Downtown Carnival explodes with music that will keep you dancing all weekend to the sounds of some of the best jazz, funk, swing and blues bands in the country. With stages set up all along The Strand and ...
  • National Jazz Festival: Midge Marsden (Apr 19th - Apr 19th) New Zealand’s pre-eminent rhythm and blues artist and one of our greatest story-tellers, Midge Marsden is a legend on our shores. With a professional career spanning more than four decades, Midge has toured ...
  • National Jazz Festival: Jezebel of Jazz (Apr 19th - Apr 19th) Jezebel of Jazz: Songs and Stories of Anita O'Day Anita O’Day burst onto the jazz scene at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958, immortalized in the movie 'Jazz on a Summer’s Day'. A true artist she has become known ...
  • Jambalaya - Art & Jazz Fusion (Apr 19th - May 18th) The Incubator is cooking up a melting pot of Art, Jazz and Mardigras. Jambalaya! Feast your eyes and ears! Featuring an assemblage of artworks from 14 popular New Zealand artists from Otago to Northland. This ...
  • Car Boot Sale (Mar 15th - Dec 20th) Meander on down to Greerton Village every third Saturday of the month and peruse the wares of our Car Boot Sale. All manner of items are welcome. Cars $5 with all proceeds donated to the Community ...
  • B-Side band (Apr 19th - Apr 19th) B-Side band play a potent mix of rhythm and blues grooves and rampaging rockabilly. These four guys combine a driving rhythm section with masterful guitar and wicked harmonica to produce their unique and exciting ...

YHA Tauranga provides quality, secure and affordable accommodation to numerous groups annually travelling to Tauranga for national sport competitions, festivals and education tours.

Within walking distance of Tauranga city centre, YHA Taruranga is the perfect location for all that the Bay of Plenty has to offer.

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Tauranga can cater for up to 35 people across 12 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 2 x 6 bed multi-share
  • 1 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 8 x twin and double rooms
  • 1 x double room with ensuite facilities.

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 4 or 6 bed rooms. Shared single sex bathroom facilities are situated conveniently close to the bedrooms. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows), and towels can be hired for $1.

Private rooms

Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in double or twin rooms. These rooms include all bed linen and towels.

Group breakfast

Continental breakfast can be served upon request for $10 per person. It includes a choice of cereals, yogurt, fruit, toast and spreads (butter, jam and peanut butter), tea, coffee and fruit juice.

Free WiFi for Group Leaders

We know being a group leader is tough work at the best of times and you need to stay contactable as much as possible to keep things running smoothly. To help you stay connected YHA offers provides group leaders with free high speed WiFi during their stay. 

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

Contact YHA Tauranga direct 07 578 5064 or email tauranga@yha.co.nz or our national groups coordinator 0800 278 299

Download YHA Tauranga Group Information