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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.

South Island

Picton: Ride the Queen Charlotte Track

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Hop on your bike and experience one of New Zealand’s classic mountain bike tracks. Skirt bay after secluded bay, trace coves, climb hills and ridges for gobsmacking views of the Marlborough Sounds. Ride one day or two with this bike-worthy deal. Package includes:

  • 2 nights multi-share with YHA Picton
  • 1 or 2 days on the Queen Charlotte Track
  • Bike hire optional
  • Return ferry from Picton to the track

Email YHA Picton or ring 03 573 6598

1 day ride for YHA members – $122 per person (bring your own bike) or $182 includes bike hire for YHA members. For non-members – $134.20 and $200.20. 

2 day ride– $157 per person (bring your own bike) or $277 includes bike hire. For non-members – $172.70 and $304.70. Valid until 5 December 2015.

Punakaiki Underground

Punakaiki Deal

Take a train through Nile River Canyon’s primeval rain forest and limestone cliffs before going underground into a scramble/climb/leap/black water raft kind of world of stalactites and stalagmites, a slow underground river and glow worms. Explore the Nile River Cave system for a four-hour tour. Package includes:

  • 2 nights’ accommodation at YHA Punakaiki
  • Half-day caving and black water rafting guided tour
  • Nile River Rainforest Train passage
  • Rafting equipment & wetsuits
  • Digital images

Email YHA Punakaiki or ring 03 731 1111

Priced from $426 for two YHA members multi-share, $450 private. Non-members: $440 for 2 multi-share, $462 private. No experience necessary. Your own transport is required. Valid until 1 December 2015.


North Island

Bay of Islands: Cruise & 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

$215.00 per person shared cabin or $504 for two in a private room for YHA members. $240 per person shared cabin or $567 for two in a private room for non-members. Valid until 23 December 2015.