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.


  • Clusters (Sep 28th - Oct 31st) WHMilbank Gallery is open other hours as well - Please call me on 0276286877 to check. Clusters Exhibition The idea behind the exhibition stemmed from two quite divergent points. I had planned a glass exhibition for ...
  • Country Music and Other Foot Stomping Good Tunes (Oct 30th - Oct 30th) Come see our 2014 students for their last assessed gig of the year. They will be playing a range of country songs with a few others thrown in for good measure.
  • The Topp Twins in The Grand Ole Topp’ry (Oct 31st - Oct 31st) Well-loved New Zealand entertainers Lynda and Jools Topp are back on the road in October and November 2014 with a new show paying homage to country music greats, and celebrating original Kiwi country ...
  • Halloween (Oct 31st - Oct 31st) Get your friends together, dress up in your scariest costume's and join us for a night of freaky fun and scary skating at 'The Rink', Wanganui. Canteen will be open on the night, but please note eftpos is not available.
  • Mainstreet Halloween (Oct 31st - Oct 31st) Get your costumes on, rattle your chains and join in the spooky fun this Halloween, all the frights and thrills will be back with frights guaranteed for the whole family. This year we bring you, for the first time, a ...
  • Big John Back by P/D (Nov 1st - Nov 1st) Wow anything like last time and we're in for a fantastic night again. Dancing, Singing, full dance floor all night. Lets do it again people. Looking forward to it. 50s - 80s... great music = great time

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.