YHA Wellington

Description

"Wellington's best hostel" Lonely Planet, 2015. Ultra clean, modern, bright, fun and friendly. YHA Wellington is a 5-star and Enviro-Gold Qualmark rated backpacker. One of the most centrally located hostels in Wellington and ideal for everything that Wellington has to offer. There is an espresso bar on site, selling barista made coffee and a selection of cabinet food. The hostel is in easy walking distance to the bars, shops and theatres on Courtenay Place and close to Te Papa museum, the waterfront and Embassy Theatre.

All 4 share ensuite rooms have lockers and if you prefer your own space we have twin, double and queen private rooms.

 "This is everything an urban hostel should be" National Geographic Traveller 2014.

Special features at YHA Wellington that backpackers love:

We asked our guests what they liked most about our hostel in Wellington and here it is!

  • Espresso bar open from 6.45 am
  • $6 Daily breakfast deal: freshly baked bagels with cream cheese and home-made jam plus a smooth Celsius coffee
  • Supermarket over the road from the hostel (open til midnight)
  • Two superbly equipped kitchen and dining areas
  • Comfortable lounges
  • TV lounge with projector and free movie hire
  • Free comprehensive travel booking service
  • Check out our sustainability notice boards and features
  • A sustainable living centre for over 15 years

Awards

  • 2013 & 2014 TripAdvisor Excellence Award winner
  • 2013 Hostelworld.com Hostel Awards: Best Hostels in Oceania, Best Extra Large Hostels Worldwide, Best Hostels in New Zealand
  • 2010 NZ Tourism Award Winner
  • 2009 Virgin / Guardian UK International Responsible Tourism Awards Winner
  • 2007 and 2008 Hostelworld: Best Hostel in Oceania
  • 2006, 2007 and 2008 Winner of the Sustainable Business Network Trailblazer Award

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By Bus:

Intercity buses stop at the Railway Station – from here take Bus No 1 or 2 for $2 and get off at the last stop on Courtenay Place. Turn left onto Cambridge Tce. Hostel is 50m on left. Taxi is $10 - $12

From the airport:

7km Airport shuttles cost $20 to the door. Airbus 91 is $8.50 to Courtenay Place. Taxi is $25.

From the train station:

Railway station 1.5km. Take Bus No 1 or 2 for $2 and get off at the last stop on Courtenay Place. Turn left onto Cambridge Tce. Hostel is 50m on left. Taxi is $10 - $12.

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  • Bicycle Storage
  • Disabled Facilities
  • EFTPOS
  • Free pool table
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mastercard
  • pool room
  • TV Room
  • VISA
YHA Wellington’s Activities Coordinator plans a whole slew of cool activities just for you! Every week our events are designed to ensure that you have the best experience possible in Wellington.  Ask at reception for a list of suggested itineraries and tours available or hop onto one of these: 
Monday Join a guided hike up to Mt. Victoria for 360-degree views of Wellington and the surrounding mountains.  Or join quiz night at a local pub and compete for great prizes. 
Tuesday Join a walking tour around the CBD.  Tuesday nights are movie nights in the hostel.  
Wednesday Get out and explore the harbour by kayak or climb the largest indoor real rock climbing wall.
Thursday Socialise and experience Wellington nightlife on our popular bar crawl on Courtenay Place and Cuba Street.
Saturday Join a walking tour around the CBD.

YHA Wellington’s Activities Coordinator plans a whole slew of cool activities just for you! 

Every week our events are designed to ensure that you have the best experience possible in Wellington.  Ask reception for a list of suggested itineraries and tours or hop onto one of these: 

Monday Join a guided hike up to Mt. Victoria for 360-degree views of Wellington and the surrounding mountains. Free.

Tuesday Join quiz night at a local pub and compete for great prizes. 

Wednesday Join a walking tour around the CBD. Get out and explore the harbour by kayak or climb the largest indoor real rock climbing wall. Price available at reception. 

Thursday Join a free walking tour around the CBD. Get out and explore the harbour by kayak or climb the largest indoor real rock climbing wall. Price available at reception.

Friday Movie night in the hostel. Free.
 


But wait, there's more! While in Wellington, why not:

  • Visit Te Papa national museum on the Wellington waterfront to learn all about Maori and New Zealand arts and culture.
  • Take a Lord of the Rings tour – either to the studio or to one of the many locations in and around Wellington.
  • Discover some of New Zealand's rarest wildlife at ZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary Experience, Wellington's award-winning conservation safe haven.
  • Take a ride on the cable car for amazing views over Wellington Harbour.

Events

  • (Jul 7th - Jul 7th) Sue Lytollis: A Minnow Country in Minoh for the World Kendo Championships. Sue Lytollis is a well-known kendo enthusiast and promoter in New Zealand. She obtained her 6-dan qualification in the 16th Kendo World ... Japan Information and Cultural Centre
  • (Jan 30th - Oct 3rd) Three exhibitions explore World War One and the wider idea of conflict. Using personal stories and items from the rich collections of the National Library and Archives New Zealand and other sources, the exhibitions ... National Library of New Zealand
  • (Apr 18th - Dec 24th) Te Papa is combining the worlds of movies, model-making, and museums to create an exhibition like no other. Gallipoli: The scale of our war brings together the creative artisans of Weta Workshop with the curatorial ... Te Papa
  • (Apr 25th - Jul 25th) On a Foreign Field; our WWI XI commemorates the men who were heroes on the cricket pitch before giving away the game to become heroes on the battlefield. Like everyone who was involved in the war, these men came from ... Basin Reserve
  • (Apr 21st - Jan 31st 2016) The Great War Exhibition, created by Sir Peter Jackson, commemorates the very significant part that New Zealand played in the First World War. Over the next four years, the visitor are able to journey through the war, ... Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
  • (May 29th - Jan 10th 2016) Contraception: Uncovering the collection of Dame Margaret Sparrow Discover the hidden history of birth control in New Zealand – from folk remedies to diaphragms and 21st-century implants. See the pill that ... Te Papa

YHA Wellington is the capital’s accommodation leader for education and tour groups, with scores of repeat visits annually, providing quality, secure and affordable accommodation.

YHA Wellington accommodates all types of groups from schools and colleges, to sporting and cultural groups. Please contact us to discuss your requirements before making a booking.

YHA Wellington is the closest hostel to Te Papa, and within easy walking distance of Capital E, Civic Square, Parliament, Carter Observatory and transport to Zealandia and Wellington Zoo.

Click here to read YHA New Zealand's full Groups Brochure.

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Wellington can cater for up to 300 people across 104 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 1 x 8 bed multi-share
  • 11 x 6 bed multi-share
  • 2 x 6 bed multi-share ensuite
  • 1 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 21 x 4 bed multi-share ensuite
  • 5 x triple
  • 44 x twin and double rooms
  • 7 x single
  • 12 x twin and double rooms with ensuite facilities.

The accommodation

Please note that due to the layout of rooms, groups of 40 or more may be located on different levels. All bedrooms require swipe keys for access and a duplicate set can be provided for leaders to access all rooms allocated to your group.

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 4 or 6 bed rooms. Shared single sex bathroom facilities are situated on each floor, however most share rooms have ensuite facilities. 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 single, double or twin rooms with private or shared bathroom facilities. These rooms include all bed linen and towels. Please note that we have a limited number of private rooms with ensuite facilities and they are subject to availability.

Group Breakfast

Continental breakfast can be served in our group kitchen upon request for $10 per person. It includes a choice of three cereals, yogurt, fruit, toast and spreads (butter, jam, honey 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 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 Wellington direct 04 801 7280or email capitalg@yha.co.nz or our national groups coordinator 0800 278 299

Download YHA Wellington Group Information