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New Zealand

New Zealand Car & Bed

Hitting the road for your New Zealand roadie has never been so easy. Travel at your own pace with this road-worthy deal that bundles affordable car hire with accommodation in the YHAs of your choice. Pre-book your whole itinerary or book as you go. Package includes:

  • 5 - 20 night multi-share accommodation vouchers redeemable at any New Zealand YHA
  • 7 - 28 day car hire - you choose your vehicle
  • Unlimited kilometers
  • Low to no excess insurance

Book now or ring 0800 278 299

Pick up/drop off locations: Auckland, Wellington, Picton, Nelson, Christchurch, Queenstown

From NZ$400.00 per person for 7 day rental/ 5 nights multishare accommodation. Other length of stay options available. Valid to 30 September 2016.

North Island


Auckland: Sail Away



Discover why Auckland truly deserves its title, 'City of Sails' and trade in the busy city centre for smooth harbour sailing and sunshine on an America's Cup yacht. Join the crew to skipper the vessel and pull in, let out, haul up or bring down the sails. Or take the helm and take in the city skyline from the best view in town. Package includes:

  • 2 nights with YHA Auckland International
  • 2 hour sailing with Explore on the Hauraki Gulf

Email YHA Auckland International or ring 09 302 8200


Priced from NZ$152.40 per person multi-share and $209.10 private ensuite per person for YHA members. Non-member rates available. No sailing experience necessary. Valid to 2 June 2016.





Bay of Islands: Cruise and Stay



Explore Northland by land and sea on YHA’s only houseboat for a 22-hour activity-packed, nature-filled overnight cruise. Rest easy pre or post cruise with YHA Bay of Islands Paihia. This package bundles both YHAs for excellent savings. Package includes:

  • 1 night with YHA Bay of Islands Paihia
  • 1 night with YHA Bay of Islands The Rock Cruise includes:
  • Swimming, mussel and kina diving, snorkelling, kayaking, target shooting, fishing, island walking, watching for dolphins, sea birds and fish
  • BBQ dinner, continental breakfast and a packed lunch

Email YHA Bay of Islands The Rock Cruise or ring 09 402 7796

$229.00 per person shared cabin for YHA members. $259 per person in a shared cabin for non-members. Valid until 2 June 2016.






Taupo: Ride the Tongariro Rapids




Navigate rapid after roller coaster Grade 3 rapid, travelling 14 kilometres on the Tongariro River. At the helm – your expert guide – shouting orders to “paddle!” and “rest” and “paddle paddle paddle!” which at times is easier said than done as the beauty of the spectacular and unspoiled volcanic bush-clad gorge, pristine river and boulder gardens can be a bit distracting. Package includes:

  • 2 nights multi-share with YHA Taupo
  • 2.5 hour white water rafting on the Tongariro River
  • Wetsuit and helmet
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Hot solar powered shower
  • Pick up/drop off to/from YHA Taupo

Email YHA Taupo or ring 07 378 9292

$164 per person in a multi-share for YHA members. For experienced and novices paddlers.Valid until 4 August 2016.







South Island

Lake Tekapo: Stargazer special



Turn off the lights and wish upon infinite stars at Tekapo’s Mt John Observatory in the heart of one of the only eight international Dark Sky Reserves in the world. Navigate the night skies and peer through powerful telescopes for a truly out of this world experience. Package includes:

  • 1 night accommodation in a multi-share with YHA Lake Tekapo
  • Mt John night time observatory tour with Earth & Sky
  • Transport from YHA to Mt John
  • Hot chocolate at the candle-lit summit-top Astro Café

Email YHA Lake Tekapo or ring 03 680 6857

Prices from $165 per person. YHA members only. Valid till 30 June 2016.





Franz Josef: Paddle Power in Paradise




Make the most of Westland's alpine environment. Paddle the glacial Lake Mapourika by kayak or paddle board and enjoy mirrored reflections of the mountains and glaciers. Navigate into some of Westland’s oldest untouched rainforest and get up close to nature in the protected habitat and kiwi sanctuary. No previous kayaking or paddle boarding experience necessary. Package includes:

  • 2 nights with YHA Franz Josef
  • 3 hour guided glacier kayak tour or stand up paddle board lesson
  • Photos
  • Transport

Email YHA Franz Josef or ring 03 752 0754

Kayak: Priced from $153 per person multi-share and $299 private for 2 for members. $159 per person multi-share and $309 private for 2 for non-members.

Paddle board: Priced from $109 per person multi-share and $255 private for 2 for members. $115 per person multi-share and $265 private for 2 for non-members. (On fine days until early March.)

Valid to 4 August 2016.