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. 


  • Kiwi Spring Festival (Oct 26th - Oct 26th) Tangiaro Kiwi Retreat's annual Kiwi Spring Festival! A variety of food will be available, including seafood and a pig on the spit, local wines & beer (featuring Ohui Wines, Mercury Bay Wines & the Coromandel Brewing ...
  • Art Market (Oct 25th - Oct 27th) The Whitianga Art Group meet every Thursday and Friday at the Art Centre, School Rd, Whitianga 10 – 4pm. The club is for amateur and professional artist alike. New members are always welcome. It is said, there is an ...
  • Kokomo - Bigger Than Brando Album Launch (Oct 26th - Oct 26th) Kokomo continues the launch tour of it's new Album Bigger Than Brando. Following two shows in Tauranga (2 sold out) and a brilliant gig at the Kings Arms in Auckland, the band is off to the Coramandel on Sunday of Labour ...
  • Mindfulness in Nature Retreat (Oct 24th - Oct 27th) Do you need some time out? Some perspective, a space to rest and recharge? I am leading a silent Mindfulness in Nature retreat in Te Moata, Coromandel over the Labour weekend. Cost: $495 ($95 registration) cost ...
  • Almost Bollywood: The Director's Cut, Dinner & Show (Oct 31st - Nov 1st) The Open Book Theatre Company presents: 'Almost Bollywood: The Director's Cut' featuring items from Cabaret:the Musical as you have never seen them before. The setting is 'Rani's Nightclub' in downtown Mumbai, with Rani ...
  • Rising Can Festival (Nov 8th - Nov 8th) A celebration of the rise of canned craft beer in New Zealand. Great canned beer from Baylands Brewery, Garage Project, Sawmill Brewery, Three Boys and Hot Water Brewing Co. Delicious food from a range of different ...

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.