YHA Kaikoura


Come to YHA Kaikoura Maui where you can breathe the scent of the South Pacific Ocean and view the majestic Kaikoura mountain ranges through our ever-changing dining room ‘living picture’ windows. Our beach front hostel is extra special as we are the only backpackers in Kaikoura that has a straight on view of the Kaikoura mountains across the South Pacific Ocean.

Backpacker accommodation at this Kaikoura hostel includes doubles, twins and small multi-share rooms, so there are less people in your room space. YHA Kaikoura Maui has excellent communal facilities including a lounge and dining room (both with that amazing view) and a well-equipped kitchen for cooking up locally caught crayfish! From the hostel there are a number of Kaikoura attractions within walking distance, including the seal colony, local Maori pa sites and the walkway up to the excellent Kaikoura lookout where you can try and spot a whale or two!

The YHA Kaikoura Maui backpackers is known for its laid-back atmosphere and we encourage our guests to relax in our courtyard/pergola BBQ area or watch movies in our cosy lounge room. The Kaikoura hostel staff will give you lots of advice for your travels around Kaikoura and New Zealand and all with a smile!


"YHA Kaikoura Maui is a comfortable, well-run hostel with tremendous sea and mountain views, particularly from the lounge and kitchen, and well-Informed, knowledgeable staff." – The Rough Guide to New Zealand.


From the North: SH1, turn left into the town centre and keep going around the bay for 2.3kms. We are on the right – the ocean is on the left.
From the South and Hanmer Springs: SH1 turn right at the top of the hill and come down to the waterfront – turn right and we are 1km along the road.


Kiwi Experience, Straybus, Kaikoura Door to Door, pick up and drop off at the hostel.

Intercity Coachlines and Atomic Shuttles: Book 24 hours in advance and be picked up or dropped off 200m from the hostel in the morning @ 9.30am going North and 3.50pm in the afternoon going South.


‘Coastal Pacific’. Station 2.2kms. Taxi from station approx $10.

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Laundry
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • TV Room
  • VISA
  • Take a tour by boat to watch whales, dolphins, sea-birds and many other species of marine life. On some tours you can jump in and swim with dolphins and seals
  • Join one of the local fishing tours and have a go at catching your dinner
  • Experience scuba diving the Kaikoura reefs with the local dive operator
  • Go for a kayak and enjoy the natural beauty of the Peninsula
  • If surfing is your thing then Kaikoura has some of the best rated surfing waves in the country
  • Go up in the air and take a bird’s eye view of the beautiful town and see some of the amazing Kaikoura Ranges which are often dusted in snow
  • Experience the wilderness and history of the "Kowhai Gorge" on horseback on a guided tour  through native bush, river crossings, and ride a river gorge passage into the Kaikoura mountains
  • River Rafting down the Clarence River
  • Go for one of the many walks and take in the local historical and scenic sights and even the stunning Maori Leap Cave. Enjoy a leisurely thirty minute stroll or a half day or full day walk
  • See the Night Sky with Hussein
  • Walk the Kaikoura Peninsula
  • Learn about the whaling history of Kaikoura at  Fyffe House
  • Ride the new bike trail along the river edge
  • Walk the Llamas along our shoreline


  • (Feb 12th - Feb 12th) An extra-ordinary evening with an extraordinary healer and medium Jeanette Wilson. Jeanette used to be a bank manager until she started seeing the spirits of people who had died. Now she works with spirit world ... Lobster Inn Tavern

YHA Kaikoura, a small and friendly hostel with spectacular views across to the Kaikoura ranges from its beachfront location. There are a number of Kaikoura attractions within walking distance including the seal colony, local Maori pa sites and the walkway up to the excellent Kaikoura lookout where you can try and spot a whale or two! Kaikoura Maori Tours pick up from the hostel for a truly authentic insight into the Maori Culture.

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Kaikoura can cater for up to 38 people across 14 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 5 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 6 x twin and double rooms
  • 1 x triple
  • 1 x single
  • 1 x double rooms with ensuite facilities.

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 4 bed rooms. The hostel has shared single sex bathroom facilities conveniently located close to the bedrooms. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1.

Private rooms

Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in double or twin rooms. These rooms include all bed linen and towels. 

Free WiFi for Group Leaders

We know being a group leader is tough work at the best of times and you need to stay contactable as much as possible to keep things running smoothly. To help you stay connected YHA offers provides group leaders with free high speed WiFi during their stay. 

Free Booking Service

A free booking service is provided for all land-based domestic travel and activities including: Interislander and Bluebridge ferries, Tranzalpine, Tranzscenic and Overland trains, Intercity coach travel and local shuttle services.

Contact YHA Kaikoura direct on 03 319 5931 email kaikoura@yha.co.nz or call our groups coordinator on 0800 278 299.

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