YHA Wellington

Description

"This is everything an urban hostel should be" National Geographic Traveller 2014. Ultra clean, modern, bright, fun and friendly. YHA Wellington is a 5-star and Enviro-Gold Qualmark rated property. 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.

A wide range of comfortable backpacker accommodation is available, from our spacious and well appointed 4 and 6 share ensuite rooms to our private ensuite rooms with queen beds.

YHA Wellington is even offering free unlimited, high speed WiFi for YHA members and only $5 per day for non members staying overnight.

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!

  • Free unlimited WiFi for members and only $5 per day for non-members staying overnight.
  • 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
  • Affordable meal nights
  • 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
  • Internet lounge with Skype and printing facilities 
  • Check out our sustainability notice boards and features
  • A sustainable living centre for over 15 years

Awards

  • 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 stops at the Railway Station but ask the driver before getting on the bus to drop you at the Fire Station, opposite the Hostel.

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. Monday is also Curry Meal Night. Grab a bargain for a delivered meal from a local Indian restaurant.

Tuesday Join quiz night at a local pub and compete for great prizes. Tuesday is also Pizza Night. Save yourself having to cook dinner and order a pizza for delivery at a great price. 

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. Wednesday is also Curry Meal Night. Grab a bargain for a delivered meal from a local Indian restaurant.

Thursday Socialise and experience Wellington nightlife on our popular bar crawl on Courtenay Place and Cuba Street. Pub crawl is free, pay for your own drinks.

Friday Movie night in the hostel. Free.

Saturday
Join a street art walking tour around the CBD. 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

  • Raw Meat Monday - September (Sep 15th - Sep 29th) Comics, poets, improvisers, musical comedians - all are welcome at the Humorous Arts Trust’s Raw Meat open mic comedy. Comedy gold and comedy coal, each night is a guaranteed gamble. If you’re trying comedy for ...
  • Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui (Jun 11th - Oct 5th 2014) Step into the imaginative and evocative atmosphere of Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui. Explore the unexpected and unusual stories of the greater Wellington region including the extraordinary hunting feats of Neville ...
  • World Press Photo Exhibition (Aug 30th - Sep 21st) The New Zealand Netherlands Foundation is proud to be bringing the World Press Photo Exhibition 2014 back to Wellington, giving you the opportunity to experience the year’s finest photojournalism. Open daily from 30 ...
  • William Kentridge: The Refusal of Time (Sep 6th - Nov 16th) Giant ticking metronomes, bicycle wheels, a shadowy march of figures – South African artist William Kentridge’s stunning multi-channel video work has captivated audiences across the globe and will soon be shown in ...
  • Abstract, Ethics (Aug 29th - Sep 20th) Wellington artist Robbie Whyte’s first solo exhibition is an installation and project that expands his practice in terms of both site and audience. Referencing iconic artists of the Minimalist and Conceptual movements, ...
  • Farewell (Aug 29th - Nov 29th) Our 2014 Curator-at-Large, Gareth Watkins, presents his fourth and final moving image exhibition at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, aptly titled ‘Farewell’. The exhibition uses Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision's ...

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 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 Wellington direct 04 801 7280 or email capitalg@yha.co.nz or our national groups coordinator 0800 278 299

Download YHA Wellington Group Information