YHA Whanganui


YHA Whanganui, Braemar House looks forward to welcoming you with the hospitality that Whanganui is famous for and to offer you a glimpse into the luxury accommodation of early New Zealand. Historic Braemar House, built in 1895, is adjacent to the banks of the Whanganui River and close to Victoria Avenue, one of New Zealand’s most attractive high streets. We are also a short walk to the Whanganui city centre and the many tourist attractions that this charming river city holds.

The Whanganui hostel accommodation includes separate double, twin, family and multi-share rooms. These are all linked to a huge multi-function kitchen and dining room featuring everything necessary to make a feast or a small private meal. Leading through from the Wanganui backpacker kitchen is a large comfortable lounge with television, music centre, games, cards and small library. YHA Whanganui, Braemar House also has spacious sub tropical gardens.

Everything possible has been made to make your stay at the YHA Whanganui, Braemar House hostel a truly memorable experience. Go on the Mail Run tour of Whanganui River Valley (picks up from the hostel) or take a stroll to the high street to see the wealth of heritage that Whanganui offers. 

Your hosts Clive, with assistance from Robert, are very knowledgeable on local Whanganui activities and can book your accommodation throughout New Zealand. And if your backpack is giving you back pain the YHA Whanganui hostel can offer superb massage facilities as well as Reiki healing treatments, all available in-house by prior arrangement!


"Very restful and quiet; it felt more like a B&B than a hostel; a good place to rest and relax when you have reached that point in your holiday when you are ready to re-charge." -Hihostels.com 2010


Bus depot is 1.5km away, a taxi ride of approx $7.00.


The airport is 3km away, taxi fare of approx $15.00.


The train station is 37km away at Marton Junc (InterCity buses connect to Whanganui).

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  • BBQ
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • TV Room
  • VISA
  • WiFi
  • The ‘must do’ activity while in Whanganui is navigating up the Whanganui River. By rural mail tour, steam ship, jet boat or by canoe.
  • Stroll around the beautiful historical streets of Whanganui with the restored architectural facades of the shops, and beautiful parks and gardens. 
  • Visit the first-rate Sarjeant Gallery art gallery and Whanganui Regional Museum.
  • The Central Volcanic Region of the North Island is within driving distance from Whanganui. Here you can go skiing on Mt Ruapehu or traverse the famous Tongariro Crossing.
  • There are some great surfing breaks along the West Coast of the North Island near Whanganui city.


  • (Nov 28th - Nov 28th) It’s the perfect chance to get dressed up and be wined and dined at Wanganui Christmas at the Races this year. You’ll be spoilt for choice with entertainment including the Fashion in the Field competition, the Mascot ... Wanganui Racecourse
  • (Nov 27th - Dec 4th) The Postgraduate Diploma and Honours Computer Graphic Design students of the Whanganui School of Design, cordially invite you to celebrate the opening of their 2015 portfolio exhibition: Accent, Different Cultures – ... Whanganui UCOL
  • (Nov 22nd - Nov 29th) Edith Gallery and the Drawing room at Whanganui UCOL campus plays host to a showcase of contemporary art including installation, painting, printmaking, video art and photography. The exhibition displays exciting ... Edith Gallery
  • (Dec 3rd - Dec 3rd) The Operatunity famous and infamous panto puts a smile on the face and a lilt in our step as we romp through our own slightly twisted story of Snow White and with budget constraints, 3 and a half dwarves, plus a few ... War Memorial Conference & Convention Centre
  • (Nov 19th - Dec 10th) Fresh n Local in Vic Ave A late afternoon early evening produce Market including food stalls and entertainment for the kids. Majestic Square
  • (Dec 4th - Dec 18th) SOLD OUT - Hospitality packages fully booked on 4th of December and 18th of December If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate the end of the year, Wanganui Greyhounds Christmas at the Races is the perfect ... Hatrick Raceway

YHA Whanganui, Braemar House hostel looks forward to welcoming your group with the hospitality that Whanganui is famous for. Stay in purpose built backpacker accommodation at the historic Braemar House, built in 1895, adjacent to the banks of the Whanganui River. You will be close to Victoria Avenue, one of New Zealand’s most attractive high streets and only a short walk to the Whanganui city centre. We have plenty of off street parking in grounds and are ideal from small groups wanting affordable comfortable and peaceful accommodation.

Capacity and Room Types:

YHA Whanganui can accommodate 26 persons across 7 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 1x 6 bed female or multi-share
  • 1x 5 bed multishare ensuite
  • 1x 4 bed male or multi-share
  • 1x 3 bed multi-share (4 max)
  • 3 double rooms
  • 1x twin room

The accommodation:

Due to the layout we can mix and match all the above rooms.

Shared rooms:

Multi-share room share bathrooms. Linen is provided, (not towels) and all are centrally heated.

Private rooms:

Supervisors and coach leaders can be accommodated private rooms that include linen and towels. All have share shared facilities. The hostel offers central heating in winter.

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. 

Note: should additional accommodation be required for coaches and leaders, we do have a B&B in the house, offering doubles and singles. Prices need to be negotiated and will be above those of the hostel.

Free Booking Service

A free booking service is provided for all land-based domestic travel and activities in and around Whanganui.

Contact our Group Coordinators

Contact YHA Whanganui direct 06 348 2301 or email whanganui@yha.co.nz  or our national groups coordinator 0800 278 299