YHA Wanaka


YHA Wanaka is situated in the stunning alpine village of Lake Wanaka New Zealand. Our central Wanaka location offers uninterrupted views of Lake Wanaka and New Zealand’s famed Southern Alps, with a range of warm and comfortable budget accommodation and great communal facilities.

Our relaxed, welcoming vibe has generated rave reviews in the Lonely Planet. YHA Wanaka offers an ideal retreat for the independent traveller looking to discover the exciting activities on offer in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand.

YHA Wanaka offers a choice of quality budget accommodation, designed for the independent traveller. YHA Wanaka boasts a great range of facilities, designed to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Our famed open plan lounge/dining area has a roaring log fire and boasts stunning views of Lake Wanaka and New Zealand's Southern Alps.


"Our pick - warmed by a wood stove, the lounge at this ever-popular hostel holds commanding lake and mountain views..." -Lonely Planet, New Zealand


If travelling from Queenstown via the Crown Range, turn right off the Cardrona Valley Road into Brownston Street; if Travelling via SH84, turn left onto Brownston Street.


Buses and shuttles will drop off at our door


We are located 10 km from Wanaka airport – shuttles are available for $15 and meet all flights into Wanaka

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Internet Access
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • TV Room
  • VISA
  • Skydive over Lake Wanaka with views of Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring as well as all the beautiful blue Southern Lakes.
  • Mount Aspiring National Park is a World Heritage Park, the third largest in New Zealand and famous for its glaciers, tramping and climbing.
  • See Wanaka from the air while flying a light aircraft or watch the aerial acrobats safely from the ground at the Warbirds Over Wanaka Air Show.
  • Ski New Zealand’s top ski fields of Treble Cone, Cardrona, Snow Farm or try some heavenly heli-skiing around Wanaka.
  • Get yourself lost at Puzzling World an extremely popular Wanaka attraction with holograms, visual illusions and the tricky Great Maze!
  • Drive to Queenstown along the Cardrona Valley with a stop at the Cardrona Hotel, one of New Zealand’s oldest and most rustically charming hotels.


  • (Oct 10th - Oct 11th) 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 ... Wanaka Showgrounds
  • (Oct 10th - Oct 11th) Joining us on the South Island leg of our tour for your musical entertainment - Mr Frank Ramirez!! Frank brings a fresh take on music from the 60's to today. Playing his acoustic 12 string guitar, he'll have you ... Wanaka Recreational Reserve
  • (Oct 12th - Oct 12th) A great free opportunity to talk travel, mingle and find out more about travelling through South America, Asia and other destinations with Intrepid Travel, Peregrine or Geckos tours. Come along for nibbles, a drink ... Federal Diner
  • (Oct 24th - Oct 25th) Calling all amateur golfers - all handicaps PaR nz Golfing Holidays and NZ Golf will again run the NZ Golf Amateur Mixed Foursomes Championship. A new revised programme for 2015 is offered, open to any handicap ... Wanaka Golf Club
  • (Oct 24th - Oct 25th) Presented by New Zealand Golf the 2015 New Zealand Amateur Mixed Foursomes Championship. Seeded by handicap into divisions of eight, for three rounds of foursomes match play. The programme includes a welcome happy ... Wanaka Golf Club
  • (Oct 25th - Oct 25th) New album Sun/Son out August 28th + national tour Sep & Oct. Come join us at the best place in town Lot 3 Cafe! Cant wait to return to Wanaka after our amazing show at the Festival of Colours! Doors 5PM Music 5.30PM ... Lot 3 Cafe

Located in the centre of the township, overlooking Pembroke park and with undisturbed views across Lake Wanaka, this is the perfect location for your group to explore all that the region has to offer.

YHA Wanaka accommodates all types of groups from schools and colleges, to sporting and cultural groups. Please contact us to discuss your requirements before making a booking.

Click here for YHA New Zealand's full Groups Brochure.

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Wanaka can cater for up to 110 people across 32 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 1 x 8 bed multi-share ensuite
  • 7 x 6 bed multi-share ensuite
  • 4 x 4 bed multi-share ensuite
  • 2 x 3 bed multi-share ensuite
  • 1 x triple ensuite
  • 4 x twin and double rooms
  • 1 x single ensuite
  • 12 x twin and double rooms with ensuite facilities.

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 4 - 8 bed rooms with ensuite facilities. 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 single, double or twin rooms with private facilities. These rooms include all bed linen and towels. 

Group breakfast

Continental breakfast can be served in our kitchen upon request for $10 per person. It includes a choice of three cereals, yogurt, seasonal fruit, toast and spreads, tea, coffee and fruit juice.

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 Wanaka direct on 03 443 1880 email wanaka.groups@yha.co.nz or call our groups coordinator on 0800 278 299.

Download YHA Wanaka Group Information