YHA Hokitika


YHA Hokitika Birdsong is a friendly family-run backpacker hostel that earns its excellent reputation for its welcoming ambiance, modern  facilities and high standard of cleanliness. The impressive communal facilities are well-organized and neatly presented. You are guaranteed relaxation at this family-friendly two-storey house with stunning ocean views and unique native bird-themed artwork throughout. YHA Hokitika is warm, comfortable, quiet and charming.

An extra touch that make this hostel accommodation feel like home is the two outdoor baths beneath the stars. Access to the beach is a 2 minute walk from the hostel and the free Glow Worm Dell and town centre are a 2 minute drive by car. Enjoy stunning sunsets, ocean views and a native garden at YHA Hokitika. Native birds such as tui, bellbird, weka and fantail are frequent visitors to the garden.

Hokitika is the Jade Capital of New Zealand and brims with arts, crafts and natural West Coast beauty. YHA Hokitika’s hosts are happy to share their local knowledge and suggestions on local activities including walking tracks, New Zealand’s only Treetop Walkway, the stunning Hokitika Gorge, views of Mount Cook and the Southern Alps, lakes, bushwalks, fishing and kayaking. YHA Hokitika is situated 2.5km north of Hokitika town on Highway 6, enroute to Greymouth.


Buses and shuttles arrive and depart from the I-Site or Travel Centre in town. Free hostel pick-ups by arrangement.


The hostel is a 3 minute taxi ride from the airport.


The Intercity bus collects passengers from the Tranz Alpine Train in Greymouth, 40 minutes south of Hokitika.

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  • Communal dining area
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Free bike hire
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Herb garden
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking
  • WiFi
  • Visit the stunning blue waters of Hokitika Gorge
  • See the free Glow Worms after dark
  • Search for greenstone on the beach
  • Try fishing at the river or the two beautiful scenic lakes
  • Borrow our gold-pan and try your luck at Goldsborough
  • Carve your own jade pendant
  • Visit New Zealands’ only Treetop Walkway
  • Explore the abundance of cafes and craft shops.


  • (Sep 26th - Oct 7th) Our Holiday Brick School was such a success last holidays, we're offering it again! Drop off your children for a day of LEGO fun with our experienced team - or even better, book in for a whole week. This is a day ... Imagination Station
  • (Sep 29th - Sep 29th) Are you already experienced in building and programming LEGO Mindstorms robots? Then come and spend the day with other robotics experts and get lost in the world of robots. Select from our range of robotics challenges ... Imagination Station
  • (Sep 17th - Oct 9th) We are bringing back our artists with new works. Exhibiting artists are: Anne Dillon, Anne Skelton, Bridget Baldwin, Julie Sheppard, Kees Bruin, Priscilla Cowie, Meredith Marsone, Michelle Clark and Mike ... Oxford Street Art
  • (Sep 28th - Oct 7th) Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa Based on characters created by Charles Addams. Directors: Doug Clarke and Annette Searle Musical Director: Cheryllyn ... The Open Stage
  • (Jan 16th - Mar 23rd 2017) Held every Thursday unless wet. New and used goods includes pre-loved clothing, toys and baby wear, plants, books, bric-a-brac hot frybread, hot dogs & chips, coffee, fresh baking, fresh fruit and veg from Monty and ... MacKenzies Hotel and Backpackers
  • (Dec 10th - May 2nd 2017) Open Mic 8 pm - late, come and jam with the boys. Nick Buchanan has a permanent 3-piece band with all the gear ready to Jam with or accommodate soloists, duos, or let whole bands take to the stage. The Fitz Bar & Eatery