YHA Whanganui


YHA Whanganui, Braemar House hostel 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 YHA Whanganui, 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.


  • Drawing:Good, Bad, Deadly or Doodle (Sep 12th - Oct 4th) Drawing: Good, Bad, Deadly or Doodle features the work of more than 50 invited artists from Whanganui and Palmerston North. Work ranges from traditional , beautifully modelled drawing to contemporary ideas of what a ...
  • Family Market (Mar 16th - Oct 19th) Family Market on Fox Road hosted by Springvale Playcentre Come along to browse stalls for quality crafts, new and preloved children's and family items. Grab something to eat and let the kids enjoy the playground and ...
  • African Drumming By the Sea (Jul 27th - Dec 14th) Community drumming group, meeting fortnightly in Wanganui. It’s fun, simple to get started and many people believe it’s beneficial for your health. Relaxing and yet energising, it is a great way to express yourself ...
  • Music of Joy - Music & Meditation (Sep 23rd - Sep 23rd) Music of Joy is a unique, multicultural band based in Sydney, Australia. The magic of the group comes from the dynamic energy produced when over twenty musicians, with a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, join ...
  • Laurence Aberhart Heavy Metal II (Sep 5th - Oct 4th) Laurence Aberhart has released sixty-one platinum prints over the period 1994 – 1997. We are exhibiting fifteen of these in Heavy metal II and this suite complements the seventeen we exhibited here in 2009. Laurence ...
  • Herbs Unplugged with special guests The Black Trio (Sep 25th - Sep 25th) A fantastic night of vintage NZ reggae from the statesmen of the genre ‘Herbs’. You'll hear all the great songs unplugged from Dilworth Karaka, Tama Lundon and Tama Renata during their 90 minute show, with an ...

YHA offers a range of accommodation to suit groups of all types. Find out how YHA can help your group with their accommodation, transport and activity needs.

Each hostel offers a range of accommodation options for your group. Please email our Customer Services team or phone freephone (within NZ) 0800 278 299.