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New Zealand

Hit the Road Deal

Hitting the road for your New Zealand road trip 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 (service fee applies) or book as you go. Package includes:

  • 5 - 20 nights multi-share accommodation vouchers to redeem at
  • any YHA in New Zealand
  • 7 - 28 days car hire - you choose your vehicle
  • Unlimited kilometres, low to no excess insurance
Pick up/drop off locations: Auckland, Wellington, Picton, Nelson, Christchurch, Queenstown.

 Email YHA New Zealand or ring 0800 278 299

Priced from NZ$395 p.p for 7 day car hire/5 nights multi-share accommodation. Mix and match for longer car hire/YHA stay options. Valid to 30 September 2015.


South Island

Kaikoura Paddle Power

Whales, penguins, dolphins, seals! Tour the Kaikoura coastline by kayak and enjoy one of Lonely Planet's 'Top Choice' activities. Package includes:

  • 1 night at YHA Kaikoura
  • Half day guided kayak tour
  • GORE-TEX dry pants (Jun- Aug), paddle jacket, booties, dry camera bag

 Email YHA Kaikoura or ring 03 319 5931

Priced from NZ$107 per person multi-share, $150 p.p. twin share, $245 for two in a double room. YHA members only. Valid to 30 September 2014.


Queenstown Adrenaline

Satisfy your inner adrenaline junkie with these heart-pounding jet boat and canyon swing deals in New Zealand’s uncontested adventure capital. Choose from:

Deal 1

  • 2 nights’ multi-share accommodation at YHA Queenstown Central or YHA Queenstown Lakefront
  • Shotover Jet ride
  • Transport to Shotover Jet from The Station
  • Free digital photo or $20 off photo pack
  • Free WiFi on site at Shotover Jet 
Deal 2
  • 2 nights’ multi-share accommodation at YHA Queenstown Central or YHA Queenstown Lakefront
  • Shotover Jet ride and Canyon Swing
  • Transport to Shotover Jet from The Station
  • Transport to Shotover Canyon Swing for you and a friend
  • Free WiFi on site at Shotover Jet

 Email YHA Queenstown Central or ring 03 442 7400

Deal 1: Priced from NZ$181 per person multi-share at YHA Queenstown Lakefront and from $197 at YHA Queenstown Central. Valid to 30 September 2014.

Deal 2: Priced from NZ$383 per person multi-share at YHA Queenstown Lakefront and from $393 at YHA Queenstown Central. Valid to 30 September 2014.

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Glenorchy trampers’ delight  
YHA Glenorchy is the perfect place for tramping enthusiasts to gear up or wind down at the start or end of their tramps. The lakeside wilderness lodge has a fully catered restaurant and an onsite shop selling tramping supplies for the nearby Routeburn and Greenstone tracks. With this special offer, now you can start your tramp without having to worry about transport from the lodge to the start of the track. This package includes:
Free transfers to the Glenorchy end of the Routeburn track 
Free transfers to the Greenstone track 
From $31.50 NZD per person multi-share, $76.50 NZD double/twin. Minimum 2 people staying 2 consecutive nights. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer or the Easy As Card. Valid 26 October 2013 to 31 March 2014.
YHA Glenorchy
+64 3 442 4900
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Bay of Islands 4 for 3 
Paihia is a bustling seaside town with golden beaches and is the perfect home base for exploring New Zealand’s unrivaled Bay of Islands. Swim with the dolphins, hike or visit our Nations birthplace the Waitangi Treaty Grounds or take a cruise to the famous Hole in the Rock. It’s all within a reach from YHA Bay of Islands Paihia. And with so much to do, guests will need a free night just to fit it all in. Stay 4 nights for the price of 3 at YHA Bay of Islands Pahia, a hostel that’s located close to the town’s restaurants and bars but secluded enough to enjoy a great night’s sleep. Package includes:
Stay 4 nights and pay for 3 
Priced from $22.50 NZD per person multi-share per night, $40.00 per person double per night.  Valid to 30 November 2013. For YHA members only.
YHA Bay of Islands Paihia
+64 9 402 7487
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Set Sail in Taupo 
Taupo is a great spot to discover the Great Lake’s secrets and now you can with this great value short break package. Set sail aboard Barbary, an eco-friendly restored 1920s yacht. Marvel at Maori rock carvings, learn the region’s history and even be one of the crew by hoisting the sails and having a turn at the wheel. Or you can just sit back and relax or swim. This package includes:
2 nights with YHA Taupo
2 ½ hour lake cruise aboard Barbary
From $71.40 NZD per person multi-share, $156.00 NZD double/twin per person. Valid 1 November to 15 December 2013.
YHA Taupo 
+64 7 378 3311
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Paddle power in Tauranga 
Grab your paddle and hit the water for a guided kayak tour in the Bay of Plenty. Options abound with this short breaks deal. Your guide can take you through stunning canyons and waterways to discover hidden plants and bashful wildlife or you can get off the beaten track once the sun sets and kayak through glow worms dells. Or get into the salty stuff around Mount Maunganui and keep your eye out for sting rays, blue penguins, dolphins, seals and orca. After your half day paddling, rest your weary limbs at YHA Tauranga. Package includes:
1 night with YHA Tauranga 
A Glowworm Night Tour, McLarens Falls Trip or a Round The Mount half-day kayak 
Pickup and refreshments
Free photos
$112.00 per person 6 bed multi-share. Valid to 30 November 2013. YHA members only.
YHA Tauranga
+64 7 578 5064
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Smooth sailing in Milford Sound 
If you’ve only seen one photo of New Zealand, chances are it was of Milford Sound and Mitre Peak. With this short break offer those photos can now be snapped with your own camera. Experience the stillness of Milford Sound bounded by steep cliffs and dense rainforest on a 2 hour Milford Sound cruise. Package includes:
2 nights with YHA Te Anau
Milford Sound coach and cruise tour 
$165 NZD per person in multi-share, $189 NZD per person in double/twin. Valid 1 October to 30 November 2013. YHA members only. $175 per person multi-share, $199 per person double/twin for non-members.
YHA Te Anau
+64 3 249 7847
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Franz Josef via Kayak 
Make the most of Westland's alpine environment with this great-value package. Paddle Lake Mapourika and enjoy mirrored reflections of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Get up close with this protected habitat and kiwi sanctuary. Sandwiched between mountains and sea, Lake Mapourika has its own warmer and drier micro-climate which enhances the ambience of the experience.
2 nights with YHA Franz Josef
Glacier kayak tour, equipment provided
Dinner for 1 night at the local’s hangout, Monsoon bar 
$135 per person multi-share. Valid till 10 December 2013. For YHA members and non-members.
YHA Franz Josef
+64 3 752 0754
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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.

Northland Escape

Explore New Zealand’s Northland by land and sea. Enjoy a fullday tour driving off-road on Ninety Mile Beach, experiencing the thrills and spills of sand-boarding down massive sand dunes. Then visit Cape Reinga lighthouse where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. The next day, cruise the glorious Bay of Islands, spotting dolphins en route to the famous Hole in the Rock and enjoy 3600 views from the top of Urupukapuka Island. This deal brings together the best of Northland, including

  • 2 nights’ multi-share ensuite accommodation with YHA Bay of Islands Paihia
  • Full day Cape Reinga tour. Depart/return from Paihia
  • Half day dolphin cruise to the Hole in the Rock. Depart/return Paihia

 Email YHA Bay of Islands Paihia or ring 09 402 7487

Priced from $180 per person for YHA members. Valid 30 September 2014.

Rotorua Culture 'N Thermal Wonderland

Say 'Kia Ora' to Rotorua, New Zealand’s Maori culture and geothermal capital. Glimpse into the lives of the early Maori at Tamaki Maori Village where you’ll be treated to an evening of ceremonial ritual, cultural performances, storytelling and a mouth-watering traditional hangi feast. Then soak at your leisure in the Polynesian Spa’s seven mineral hot springs while overlooking Lake Rotorua. Package includes:

  • 1 night’s accommodation at YHA Rotorua
  • Three hour Tamaki Maori Village cultural evening (including transport)
  • Adult entry to Polynesian Spa (15 minute walk from YHA Rotorua) for unlimited duration

 Email YHA Rotorua or ring 07 349 4088

Priced from NZ$124.20 per person multi-share or $270.40 for 2 people in private ensuite room. Exclusive to YHA members. Valid to 30 September 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.