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



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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. 


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YHA Whitianga has two large dorms and several smaller units that are self-contained. These units have multi share style accommodation and private rooms for tour leaders/teachers. The hostel provides quality, secure and affordable accommodation for education, sports and tour groups. Please contact us to discuss your requirements before making a booking.

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Whitianga can cater for up to 70 people across 24 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 1 x 12 bed multi-share
  • 1 x 10 bed multi-share
  • 7 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 1 x 3 bed multi-share
  • 1 x 1 single room multi-share
  • 5 x twin multi-share
  • 6 x double multi-share
  • 1x double self-contained with ensuite facilities
The accommodation

Please note that due to the layout of rooms, groups will be accommodated across the hostel in group units. All bedrooms require keys for access and a duplicate set can be provided for leaders to access all rooms allocated to your group.

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 4 bed rooms, larger dorms if required.  Shared bathroom and kitchen facilities are situated in each group unit. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1 each.

Private rooms

Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in single, double or twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. These rooms include all bed linen and towels. Please note that we only have one private room with ensuite facilities and that is subject to availability.  Alternatively we have 3 fully self-contained units with a twin and a double room.

Group Breakfast

Continental breakfast can be served in our group kitchen upon request for $11 per person. It includes a choice of cereals, yogurt, fruit, toast and spreads (butter, jam, honey and peanut butter), tea, coffee and fruit juice.

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 Whitianga offers provides group leaders with free WiFi during their stay. 

Free Booking Service

A free booking service is provided for all boating and local activities in our area.  Spades for hot water beach are free for use.  Free Kayaks and boogie boards depending on weather conditions.  Bike hire available.

Contact our Group Coordinators

Contact YHA Whitianga direct 07 866 5380 or email corobkpk@wave.co.nz or our national groups coordinator 0800 278 299