YHA Te Aroha is one of the original YHA New Zealand hostels, a cosy century-old cottage in the spa town of Te Aroha in the Thames Valley, just two hours drive from Auckland. The Te Aroha backpacker hostel is located at the top of Te Aroha town with great views, fabulous sunsets and a lovely garden filled with native kanuka trees, frequently visited by New Zealand birds - tuis, wood pigeons and warblers. The Te Aroha hostel is ideal backpacker accommodation for unwinding or escaping the crowded cities with its cosy rooms, garden hammocks and rural bush setting.
We have free bikes for exploring Te Aroha’s town and the wetlands area and also immediate access to a large number of stunning bush walks. Herbs and spices are provided in the kitchen for creative cooking and games, books, CDs and a guitar are free to use in the lounge areas of the hostel. Helen and Dannie warmly welcome you to their truly unique hostel in the charming rural town of Te Aroha.
"(YHA Te Aroha) is one of the oldest and simplest hostels in New Zealand, about ten minutes' walk from the visitor centre … on the lower slopes of Mount Te Aroha, with some lovely views and free bike use." -The Rough Guide to New Zealand 2006
"(YHA Te Aroha) is an unusual but long-running hostel… a cosy, TV-free, three-bedroom cottage with a homely atmosphere and welcoming management.” -Lonely Planet New Zealand 2006
From the Clock Tower go 3 blocks along the main street in the Paeroa direction. Turn right into Brick St, go up the hill to Miro St, turn right again and the hostel is at the end of the road.
From the bus stop walk 2 blocks along the main street in the Paeroa direction to Burgess St. Walk uphill to the pathway at the top which leads to the hostel. Pick-up by arrangement.