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. 


  • Thames Market (Jan 5th - Oct 4th 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, ...
  • Auckland Youth Orchestra - Destiny (Oct 5th - Oct 5th) Music from the Masters. Verdi - La forza del destino (Overture) Bruch - Violin Concerto No. 1 Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 Conductor - Antun Poljanich Violin Soloist - Jim Wu As winner of the 2013 Auckland ...
  • Kim and Dusty with Stu Pedley (Oct 11th - Oct 11th) Whisky harmonies, lonesome ballads and dirty blues - with a stomp!
  • Waihi Goldmine Country Music Club (Apr 13th - Dec 14th) Every 2nd Sunday of each month (sorry no May clubday) Starting 12noon to 4pm Guest artist performs Afternoon tea supplied All welcome to come along & sing! Contact: (07)863-8994 or email: waihigmcmc@yahoo.co.nz
  • Loren and Mark (Oct 15th - Oct 15th) Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb share a unique musical chemistry seldom found among musicians. Their live performances feature not only their spectacular technical grasp of the guitar, but also their outstanding ...
  • Katikati Greyhounds Cycle Ride (Oct 16th - Oct 16th) Join the ‘greyhounds’ and ride part of the Hauraki Rail Trail – Waihi to Karangahake and back again. Part of Sport Bay of Plenty's 'Outdoors Month'. For more information contact Jen Riley, Sport Bay of Plenty, ...

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.