YHA Motueka


Whether you’re visiting to experience the golden beaches of the Abel Tasman National Park or planning to spend time in the vibrant, cosmopolitan township of Motueka, YHA Motueka the Laughing Kiwi offers a welcome place to relax and kick off your shoes. This comfortable backpacker hostel has a choice of accommodation options, free WiFi and an enticing spa pool.

With three separate houses and a maximum of only forty guests on site, even in peak season, there is plenty of space for everybody, especially when it comes to cooking a meal and relaxing after the day’s activities. Each house has its own homely lounge, well equipped kitchen and unlimited hot showers. All bedrooms have heaters and all beds have hotel quality sheets and warm comfortable duvets.

YHA Motueka the Laughing Kiwi, located on the western shore of the Tasman Bay is on New Zealand’s South Island and is a short drive to the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Park. The hostel is also only a two minute walk to the supermarket, shops and cafes.

A large carpark is provided for off street parking at the rear of the property.

Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you book walking and kayaking trips into the Abel Tasman. Most companies provide a free pick up service from outside our reception.

Stop by this welcoming hostel and discover the long summer days and mild winters that attract so many people to this corner of New Zealand.

Proud Winners of the TripAdvisor Excellence Award 2014 and 2015


"The lounge, kitchen and bbq area is excellent to chat with other travellers and was always clean and tidy. The rooms themselves are of good standard and the shared bathroom was spotless with good water pressure. Amazing Hostel in great location." - Trip Advisor October 2012


YHA Motueka the Laughing Kiwi backpacker hostel in Motueka is only a 50 minute drive from Nelson, 3 hours from Picton or just over 3 hours from Westport.
Centrally located between Nelson and Golden Bay, an ideal accommodation base to explore the Abel Tasman National Park and experience all that this area has to offer.

By Car

A 50 minute drive from Nelson. Follow SH60 to Motueka. Continue along SH60/High Street. The hostel is located on the left hand side at 310 High Street, just past the Avalon Manor Motel and 200m before McDonalds/KFC.
From Hanmer Springs/Westcoast
On arriving in Motueka, continue along College Street & King Edward Street. At the junction by the Clock Tower, turn left onto High Street.

By Bus/Shuttle

Buses from Picton, Nelson, Golden Bay. The main bus stop is just a short walk away in Wallace Street, by the informaton centre. Sometimes, by prior arrangement, the driver is able to stop outside the hostel door.

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  • BBQ
  • Communal dining area
  • Free WiFi
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • TV
  • VISA
  • Whether you have just a few hours or a few days, there are many walking and hiking options to choose from.
  • Kayak the cystal clear waters and explore the spectacular coastline with the chance of seeing fur seals, dolphins or the shy little blue penguin.
  • Water taxis based at Marahau and Kaiteriteri provide scheduled year-round services allowing you to combine a scenic cuise and walk option.
  • Enjoy a full day sailing, or combine with a kayaking or walking option.
  • Enjoy a horseback ride along Marahau’s golden sandy beaches or through native bush and farm land.
  • If you are an active person and are ready to have fun to be challenged, try canyoning! October to end of April.
  • See the Abel Tasman from a different angle and enjoy some air activities.
  • Skydiving, hang gliding, scenic microlight flights, or even piloting a stunt plane. All these adreneline filled activities are available for you to enjoy in sunny Motueka.


  • (Oct 2nd - Oct 30th) Grandma’s kitchen – what memories does that evoke? Warmth, aromas, baking, happy times? Well our new exhibition is all about Grandma’s kitchen, with artefacts mainly from the 1940s and 50s, plus some either side ... Motueka District Museum
  • (Sep 1st - Oct 20th) Strengthen your body! Relax you mind! Open your heart! Perfect for all ages, states of health, & levels of fitness. Soft & flowing yet powerful movements and sequences, proven to ease physical discomfort & relieve ... Riverside Community Cafe & Cultural Centre
  • (Oct 13th - Oct 13th) Dreaming about travelling? Now's the time to start planning at House of Travel Motueka's UK & Europe Travel Expo! Join us for travel presentations, on the days specials and expert advice direct from tour companies. AND ... House of Travel Motueka
  • (Oct 31st - Oct 31st) We are very grateful for the support of over 30 artists from the area who have donated a percentage of the sale of their artwork for our fundraising Art Auction event. Over 45 artworks will go up for auction and are ... Tasman School
  • (Nov 7th - Nov 7th) Get your friends together and come along and join us at the biggest Automotive and Lifestyle event returning to Nelson Bays! Coming into our third year running in the South Island, the V 4 and Rotary South Island Champs ... Motueka Aero Cub
  • (Nov 14th - Nov 15th) Roll up. Roll up. Roll up! There's a new show coming NZ! The new era of Gypsy - Another Roadside Attraction proudly presents - A Gypsy Extravanganza We're bringing to NZ a unique style of market stalls, arts ... Marchwood Park