YHA Arthur’s Pass Mountain House is situated in the alpine village of Arthur's Pass, right on the Main Divide of the Southern Alps, just two hours from Christchurch and ninety minutes from Greymouth on the West Coast. YHA Arthur’s Pass backpacker accommodation consists of the main backpacker lodge set in the centre of town, a modern, heated suntrap with great views and visiting Kea, but still with a small hostel feel.
Just opposite the Lodge is the historic YHA building with multi-share rooms perfect for backpacking groups. A mural by Cora Wilding, the founder of the YHA New Zealand, is a feature of this building. Adjacent to our historic lodge are two fully self contained motel units. They are spacious modern and well appointed with televisions, queen sized beds and electric blankets. Finally, on the edge of the native bush on a quiet side street are our two early 1900's Railway Cottages. These are converted into comfortable modern accommodation, each with their own logburner and a bottomless supply of firewood. These cottages can accommodate up 8 people and can be to be booked solely for your private use. For more details and prices about the Cottages, email the hostel directly by clicking on the 'email this hostel' link.
The YHA Arthur’s Pass backpacker hostel is your tramping headquarters in Arthur’s Pass village where many of the spectacular walking tracks, such as Avalanche peak and Mount Bealey are within walking distance of our front door. During your stay at the hostel we can direct you where you might see the cheeky kea, the resident Arthur’s Pass mountain parrot, and assist you if you are interested in listening for kiwi. The YHA Arthur’s Pass hostel staff are experienced kiwi listeners and can give good instructions about where to go to hear these special New Zealand birds.
As groceries are expensive and limited in Arthur's Pass Village, we advise you to purchase groceries before you arrive. You can do this in Hokitika or Greymouth on the West Coast or in Christchurch on the East Coast.
The Hostel is located on the Main Rd, State Highway 73 in the centre of town. It is located next door to the Arthur's Pass Store
Take the Transalpine train leaving either Christchurch or Greymouth. Arthur's Pass is the midway point along this line, approximately 2 hours from either. From the Train Station turn north (right) along the Main Road and walk for about 500m to reach the Hostel.
Buses pick up and drop off next door at the Arthur's Pass Store.
YHA Arthur’s Pass - Mountain House is the main accommodation supplier in the Alpine town of Arthur’s Pass. We have a wide variety of accommodations including 2 lodges, motels and 4 bedroom cottages.
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YHA Arthur’s Pass - Mountain House can accommodate 66 people in total.
Our Main Lodge has 2 double rooms, 2 twins, 2 x 4 bed shares and 1 x 8 bed share. Max capacity 24 persons.
The Historic Lodge (the original YHA) has a 2 bed share, a 4 bed, a 5 bed, a 6 bed, and a 7 bed share. Max capacity 24.
We have two Motel units with a Queen bed in each and we have 2 Four bedroom Cottages with Double and twin rooms. Max capacity is 8 persons per Cottage. These Cottages are in a different location in Arthur’s Pass to the Lodges and Motels.
All buildings have communal kitchens, bathrooms and common areas. The Cottages and Historic Lodge have a fireplace each as well. The Motels are self contained.
Shared rooms are generally bunk beds. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows).
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. Also we have Motel units if you are in need of some extra peace and quiet (good for drivers)!
Free wifi is available to the group leaders/organisers to get done what you need to do!
Arthur’s Pass is a tiny town (30 people). As such food shopping is very limited, as is fuel. Do your shopping in the big city and fill up on fuel before coming up!
Arthur’s Pass being a mountain town can have exciting weather conditions!
Check the forecast and road conditions before coming up www.metservice.com, http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/current-conditions/highway-info/