YHA Whitianga


YHA Whitianga, On the Beach Backpackers is a friendly beachfront hostel with huge bay windows with stunning views over Mercury Bay, on the Coromandel Peninsula, a holiday spot loved by New Zealanders. YHA Whitianga has backpacker accommodation of multi-share rooms (some are en-suite) as well as double and twin rooms in self-contained units. Relax in our clean, comfortable home-like accommodation with all the necessary hostel facilities – well-equipped self catering kitchen, common areas and outside BBQ. 


"The best hostel in town, right by the bay with great views and ten minutes walk from the centre. Also offered are bikes for rent, and free use of kayaks, boogie boards and courtesy transport." -The Rough Guide to New Zealand



All buses drop off at the main gate to the hostel.

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  • BBQ
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • TV Room
  • VISA
  • Dig your own natural spa at Hot Water Beach, using free spades from the YHA Whitianga hostel.
  • Cathedral Cove is one of the most unspoilt marine reserves in New Zealand, with clear water, excellent scuba diving and snorkeling and unique rock formations.
  • Become a New Zealand ‘beach bum’ at the many wonderful beaches surrounding Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula. Surf, swim, fish or relax.
  • The Coromandel is also known for its scenic native forests, with lots of outdoors activities like horse riding, adventure ropes and hiking.
  • Just take it easy; chill out in the Coromandel sunshine and watch the world go by in the charming beach town of Whitianga. 


  • Coromandel Artstour 2014 (Apr 19th - Apr 19th) The Coromandel Artstour - Open Studios, Coromandel Town Two weekends of art - April 19/20/21, and April 26/27 The Coromandel Artstour is a self guided open studio event that takes you to the creative spaces of ...
  • Easter Weekend Mini Festival (Apr 18th - Apr 21st) 4 Days of Entertainment, Easter Fun 4 Kids, Workshops, Laughter Yoga Training, Healthy Food, Yoga, Dancing & Eco Market Stalls! Online Tickets: $105/$85/$65/$55 Welcome to a dynamic mini festival where we ...
  • Coroglen Farmers Market (Mar 9th - Apr 27th) For seasonal & local vegetables, fruit, venison, honey, jams, chutneys, pesto, pickles, herbs, free range eggs, flowers, organic skin care products, seedlings, firewood, organic cheese, organic butter, homemade soap, ...
  • Colville Village Festival of Arts (Apr 18th - Apr 27th) Colville Village Festival of Arts in conjuction with The Coromandel ArtsTour is a community oriented event run by CSSC (Colville Social Service Collective). This year we are extending the event from 3 days to 10 days ...
  • Toucan (Apr 20th - Apr 20th) Karen Davy and Ken Strong are back at the Whanga Rarsa on Easter Sunday for another great nights entertainment. Please join us to catch another night like our last visit, we would love to see you there.
  • Thames Market (Jan 5th - Jul 5th 2014) Every Saturday, market-goers will find fruit and veggies, seedlings and plants, flowers, preserves, artisan breads, international delicatessen, cheeses, cakes and cookies, all sorts of bacon and salamis, soaps, ...

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.