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.


  • Stay and Play Fridays (Jan 17th - Jun 6th) Topkids Victoria invite to you bring your preschooler down to our lovely centre for our free Stay and Play sessions every Friday from 9.30am - 10.30am. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and something to eat while your ...
  • The Great More FM Easter Egg Hunt (Apr 19th - Apr 19th) Meet the Easter Bunny, complete the Hare Brained Crossword Trail, enter the draw to win an Easter Hamper and take part in the Tortoise and the Hare race where there will be over 2000 eggs to give away. It will be a fun ...
  • Wanganui Young Bird/Pet Bird Show (Apr 19th - Apr 19th) The Wanganui Cage Bird Club is staging its first bird show for many years. This will be held on the 19th April, 2014. Exhibitors can enter their birds between 9 a.m. and 10.30 am. on the day, entry fee is 20 c per ...
  • Sausage Sizzle (Apr 19th - Apr 19th) Aramoho Playcentre yummy sausage sizzle fundraiser at Harvey Norman!
  • Show Down: All-Girl Roller Derby (Apr 20th - Apr 20th) Low Down Derby Throw Down "Show Down" New Zealand's finest battling it out on the track! Game starts at 7.30pm Get in quick as seats will sell out fast! Cash only bar, merch stalls, halftime entertainment, ...
  • Grumpy Old Women - 50 Shades of Beige (Apr 25th - Apr 25th) Back to knock some sense back into the nation, the Grumpy Old Women return with a 21 date New Zealand tour of their brand spanking new show Fifty Shades of Biege! This jam-packed show comes from the original authors, ...

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.