YHA Hokitika


Please note: YHA Hokitika is closed due to flood damage until further notice.

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
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • VISA
  • 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 1st - Sep 1st) Join Us at one of our partner spaces for an evening of thought and action. Hear All About It: 5 Minute mini updates on creative / arts projects 1. Helen Lindon - CCAC Arts Participation Guide 2. Sharon ... XCHC
  • (Sep 1st - Sep 2nd) It’s not easy being young, gay and Samoan – especially when God and your mother are watching. Meet the undercover brother desperate to prove he’s straight, an island mama whose beloved son turns out to be queer, a ... The Arts Centre of Christchurch
  • (Aug 31st - Sep 1st) There’s a taste of the old, a little of the new, and loads of creativity, passion and energy in this special 30th birthday production. Opening the two-part programme are highlights from full-length works ... Court Theatre
  • (Sep 1st - Sep 1st) From a time when harmony and vocals were king, our singers, Suzanne Lynch, Bonaventure Allan-Moetaua and Pat Urlich and band delight you with great vocals and harmonies from legendary groups like the Drifters, Platters, ... La Vida Centre
  • (Apr 7th - Dec 1st) Come join us for some mighty fine craft ale and food - and of course, poetry! First Tuesday of every month. Entry by koha. The Twisted Hop
  • (Apr 2nd - Sep 30th) As part of the centenary of the Gallipoli landing a large group of crafters known as 5000 Poppies NZ came together and created red poppy panels as a sign of respect for the New Zealand servicemen who lost their lives at ... Air Force Museum of New Zealand