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North Island

Volcanic Skiing in Ohakune

Carve up the slopes of the North Island’s Mt Ruapehu – one of few ski fields in the world on an active volcano and home to some of New Zealand’s most awesome terrain. Rest your aching muscles in YHA Ohakune’s outdoor spa or in front of the fire. Package includes:

  • 2 nights with YHA Ohakune
  • One-day gear rental: ski, boots and poles or snowboard and bindings
  • Espresso or hot chocolate for each day of your stay
  • Use of YHA Ohakune’s a drying room and outdoor spa pool 

 Email YHA Ohakune or ring 06 385 8797

From $80 per person multi-share for non-members and $74 p.p multi-share for members. Valid Sunday – Thursday nights only until 31 October 2014.


Wellington go wild

Step into New Zealand's native bush for this nocturnal sights and sounds experience. Serenaded by evening birdsong, you'll be guided through Zealandia, the valley sanctuary for New Zealand's rarest birds, reptiles and insects. Listen for the ghostly echo of the ruru (morepork), and the scritch-scritch of the tree wētā and try to spot a kiwi foraging on the forest floor, gloworms shining or kaka (parrots) coming in to roost. Zealandia is a 10 minute drive from YHA Wellington.  Package includes:

  • 1 night multi-share with YHA Wellington
  • 2.5 hour night tour at Zealandia

 Email YHA Wellington or ring 04 801 7280

Priced from NZ$99 per person in a 4 share ensuite room. Valid to 31 October 2014. For YHA members only.