YHA Aoraki Mt Cook


Please note that YHA Mt Cook will be closed from 10-31 October for the refurbishment of its kitchen area.

Come and relax in the welcoming YHA Mt Cook after a busy day enjoying the majestic beauty of New Zealand's tallest mountain Aoraki Mt Cook. Spacious backpacker accommodation in rooms with wooden decor will ensure a good night's sleep in the natural surroundings of Aoraki Mount Cook.

YHA Mt Cook youth hostel, located in the centre of the South Island on the road between Queenstown and Christchurch, offers relaxed and homely accommodation with warm and inviting living areas with videos, games and a couple of guitars. Not only is there central heating throughout the backpacker hostel but also a cosy fire, extra heaters and a free sauna! In summer make use of the BBQ and picnic area outside and breathe in the pure New Zealand mountain air.

All local tour bookings can be arranged at YHA Mt Cook and the knowledgeable staff are happy to advise you on the best activities around Aoraki Mount Cook and the central South Island region.

The accommodation rates at YHA Mt Cook include $1 per night community levy to assist with Aoraki Mount Cook village development. The Mt Cook hostel staff work with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to help them preserve the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park for future generations.


"YHA Mt Cook: Excellent 74-bed hostel in a wooden building with modern, well-kept facilities. Free videos are shown in the evenings, there are free evening saunas and a well-stocked shop. It's nearly always full so book well in advance." - The Rough Guide to New Zealand

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By Car

Leave Highway 8 near Lake Pukaki and follow highway 80 towards the mountains. At Mt Cook Village turn left, you will see YHA Mt Cook on your left.

Please note: it's highly recommended to carry snow chains at all times in the winter months.

By Bus/Shuttle

All buses and shuttles drop off and pick up from the front door of the hostel.

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking
  • Sauna
  • TV Room
  • Nature walks for all abilities, some of the most beautiful in New Zealand and the world.
  • Get scenic: take a boat ride to visit the Tasman glacier or a scenic flight over the Southern Alps and the West Coast with a glacier landing.
  • Glacier kayaking – a totally unique adventure to be had at Aoraki Mount Cook, no where else in New Zealand.
  • Heli-skiing is an iconic winter activity but why not try heli-biking in summer!
  • Ski or snowshoe the Tasman Glacier
  • Visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre for entertaining family-friendly fun with its Planetarium, 3D movie and museum. 
  • YHA Mount Cook is part of the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail.
    You can find maps and more information on the trail hereAlps To Ocean Cycle Trail


  • (Oct 22nd - Oct 22nd) Steve Skinner Canal Kayak. We are delighted to be able to bring back a variation of the once very popular Kayak Marathon which was a must do race for all kayakers and multisporters. We have brought the race back to ... Hydro Canals around Twizel
  • (Oct 22nd - Oct 22nd) The 40 km Dusky Trail Mountain Bike race is predominantly an off road event which is based on the Department of Conservation (DOC) track called the Dusky Trail. It runs along the base of the Ben Ohau Range and takes in ... Twizel Ben Ohau Station
  • (Oct 23rd - Oct 23rd) New for 2016 the run is now a full half marathon. There is also a 10km run as well, and we also have the always popular option of walking instead of running. The run (or walk) takes place in magnificent Mackenzie Country ... Twizel Ben Ohau Station
  • (Dec 4th - Dec 4th) Award-winning performer, David Klein is bringing his science storytelling show to town. Part theatre, part pop-learning, Tour de Science is an effervescent scientific and personal learning adventure. David shares his ... Twizel Events Centre
  • (Dec 7th - Dec 7th) Award-winning performer, David Klein is bringing his science storytelling show to town. Part theatre, part pop-learning, Tour de Science is an effervescent scientific and personal learning adventure. David shares his ... Lake Tekapo Community Hall
  • (Jan 28th - Jan 28th) On a Saturday in January each year, Market Place transforms into the best wine and food festival in the region. The combination of fine wines and delicious local salmon makes this festival unique in New Zealand. Twizel Town Centre
YHA Aoraki Mt Cook Twin private room for Group leaders YHA Aoraki Mt Cook communal areas fro groups YHA Mt Cook 4-8 bed dorm rooms for groups

YHA Mt Cook, a Qualmark 4 star plus rated hostel in the heart of the Southern Alps.  We provide quality, secure, affordable accommodation.

We are especially lucky to be based in an area of fascinating geological and natural habitats and work in partnership with the LEOTC scheme to facilitate easy access to the National Park and surrounds.

YHA Mt Cook is committed to sustainable development in Mt Cook and there are recycling points located throughout the hostel. We ask our guests to be mindful of this and help YHA Mt Cook in our work to help preserve the environment.

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Hostel capacity

YHA Aoraki Mt Cook can cater for up to 75 people across 16 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 5 x 8 bed multi-share
  • 1 x 7 bed multi-share
  • 2 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 8 x twin and double rooms

Additionally, alongside our partners in Mt Cook Village, we can accommodate 150+ students and faculty. 


Room types

Shared rooms

The hostel has shared single sex bathroom facilities conveniently located near the bedrooms.  All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1.

Private rooms

Group leaders and supervisors can be accommodated in double or twin rooms with private or shared bathroom facilities. These rooms include all bed linen and towels. 

Please note that we have a limited number of private rooms with ensuite facilities and they are subject to availability.

Find out more!

Contact YHA Aoraki Mt Cook's Groups Coordinators: mtcook@yha.co.nz  03 435 1820

Facilities & services

Hostel facilities

  • Large, fully equipped, self-catering kitchen and dining area
  • Communal areas suitable for group gatherings
  • Free luggage storage
  • Onsite grocery shop
  • Key entry for all rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free Wifi for group leaders
  • All bed linen included
  • Off street parking for cars and buses


Continental breakfast can be provided upon request for $10 per person. It includes a choice of cereals, toast and spreads, tea, coffee or hot chocolate.  




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.

Find out more about accommodation for groups across the YHA Network.  




YHA Aoraki Mt Cook is surrounded by the spectacular Aoraki Mt Cook National Park a great base for alpine exploring. Walk the Hooker Valley track, kayak a glacier terminal lake, soak up the history at Sir Edmund HIllary Apline Centre and take the time to go star gazing. 

We can help to arrange your activity bookings or transport to local activities. Just let us know, we are happy to help!

By Car

Leave Highway 8 near lake Pukaki and follow Highway 80 toward the mountains. At Mt Cook Village turn left, you will see YHA Aoraki Mt Cook on your left.
Please note: During the winter months, it's highly recommended to carry snow chains at all times.

By Bus/Shuttle

All buses and shuttles drop off and pick up from the front door of the hostel. 

Car Parking

There is plenty of parking at the hostel for cars, vans and buses. 



Contact us!

Would you like a quote for your stay? Complete our booking enquiry form: Enquire now

Have questions? YHA Aoraki Mt Cook's Groups Coordinator: mtcook@yha.co.nz  03 435 1820

Travelling elsewhere in New Zealand? Get in touch our National Groups Coordinators, Rod and Saskia: book@yha.co.nz    0800 278 299