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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


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.






Ohakune: Hike Lord of the Rings Country




One of New Zealand's oldest National Parks, and a dual World Heritage Site, is the backdrop to the awesome Tongariro Alpine Crossing, considered the best day walk in New Zealand. Tie up your hiking shoes and pack some layers before embarking on this challenging journey across a remarkable volcanic landscape. Spot the volcanic peaks of Mt Ngauruhoe (Mt Doom in the Lord of the Rings movies), Tongariro and Ruapehu, old lava flows, craters, emerald green lakes, volcanic vents, panoramic views and tussock slopes leading to forest bushline. Package includes:

  • 2 nights with YHA Ohakune
  • Transport to and from the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • Bragging rights (free) 

Email YHA Ohakune or ring 06 385 8797

Priced from $85 multi-share, $99 private, $140 self-contained apartment. For YHA members only. Prices are per person. Valid to 30 April 2016.




South Island

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.