YHA Te Aroha

Description

Please note: as of 30 April 2014 this hostel will close.

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.

 

 

 

 

Quote

"(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

Car

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.

Bus/Shuttle

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.

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  • Bicycle Storage
  • Cash Only
  • Library Exchange
  • Parking
Te Aroha Mountain Bike track is approximately 10km long, taking you into the thick of the bush but never really heading too far out of town
Howarth Memorial Wetlands Walk is 45min loop walk and is relatively flat. You can do it on a bike but please look out for walkers
Wairere Falls /Goodwin Rd –is 25km south of Te Aroha. From the car park the track follows the Wairere stream over bridges and huge boulders before reaching the Falls View lookout. 1.5hrs return to carpark. You can then walk uphill another 45 minutes to the top of the falls which is truly majestic. 3-4 hours return to car park.  
The Waiorongomai Valley is a historic gold mining area 3km south of Te Aroha with lots to see. The Low Level Loop track takes about 2 hours  
Relax in a hot pool at Te Aroha Mineral Spas or Te Aroha Leisure Pools
Great places to potter around include the Te Aroha Museum, local artist Adrian Worsley’s gallery with the most organized man cave you will ever hope to see and Second Thoughts Collectables in the old McCord Cottage with retro and vintage goodies and a very good collection vinyl.
  • Te Aroha Mountain Bike track is approximately 10km long, taking you into the thick of the bush but never really heading too far out of town
  • Howarth Memorial Wetlands Walk is 45min loop walk and is relatively flat. You can do it on a bike but please look out for walkers
  • Wairere Falls /Goodwin Rd is 25km south of Te Aroha. From the car park the track follows the Wairere stream over bridges and huge boulders before reaching the Falls View lookout. 1.5hrs return to carpark. You can then walk uphill another 45 minutes to the top of the falls which is truly majestic. 3-4 hours return to car park
  • The Waiorongomai Valley is a historic gold mining area 3km south of Te Aroha with lots to see. The Low Level Loop track takes about 2 hours  
  • Relax in a hot pool at Te Aroha Mineral Spas or Te Aroha Leisure Pools
  • Great places to potter include the Te Aroha Museum, local artist Adrian Worsley’s gallery with the most organized man cave you will ever hope to see and Second Thoughts Collectables in the old McCord Cottage with retro and vintage goodies and a very good collection of viny.

Events

  • Contemporary Dance Class (Feb 13th - Dec 11th) Contemporary Dance Class for dance trained young adults, Int Foundation level and upwards. Open to all. Build strength and flexibility. Increase dance style knowledge. Tutor: Peter Edwards
  • Chicago - The Musical Vaudeville (Apr 25th - May 17th) They had it coming! Set in the legendary city during the roaring "jazz hot" 20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. Features well know hits such as "All ...
  • Pa-Kua Open Day (Apr 25th - Apr 25th) Experience the soft movements that lead into meditation in motion with Tai Chi, or learn self-defense with Pa-Kua Martial Art (both for children and adults), feel like a member of the cirque du soleil with our Acrobatics ...
  • Sonic Delusion - Open Your Eyes Tour (Apr 25th - Apr 25th) Funky Electroacoustic Folk On December 6 2013 Sonic Delusion (Andre Manella) releases his solo album “Open Your Eyes”. His “funky electroacoustic folk” is an upbeat concoction of folk, pop, funk and Latin, ...
  • Group Dog Walk (Jan 18th - Aug 16th) Join your local dog professionals for a fortnightly ramble through the scenic paths & beaches of Papamoa-bring your dog, poop bags, H2O & a sense of humour.
  • Waylon McPherson (Feb 1st - Apr 26th) Waylon McPherson brings his superb musicianship to Brew, Tauranga on The Strand. His unique acoustic takes on your favorite covers along with real-time looping and other skills, will keep you thoroughly entertained while ...