Read on for great deals as seen in Backpacker Essentials!

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


Rotorua: Geothermal



If you’re keen to test the medicinal properties of a mud bath, Hell’s Gate is the place to indulge your inner spa prince or princess, with high-end mud spas and a sulphur spa. Plus, you can embrace the Earth’s raw power within the Hells Gate Valley, 50 acres of steaming fumeroles, boiling mud pools and more. Package includes:

  • 1 night with YHA Rotorua
  • Mud bath and sulphur spa entry
  • Entry to Hell’s Gate Geothermal Reserve
  • Guided walking tour: 9:30am or 1:30pm
  • Shuttle from/to YHA Rotorua

Email YHA Rotorua or ring 07 349 4088


Priced from $99 NZD 4-bed multi-share for one guest or $225 private ensuite for two. Valid until 4 August 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

Christchurch: Snow & ski

Mt Hutt Big Mountain  Miles Holde







Canterbury is a snow pilgrim’s heaven with Mt Hutt Ski Area on the doorstep, only 1 ½ hours’ drive from Christchurch. So this winter, save $$ while you carve up the freshies with these two prime packages. Package includes:

Deal 1

  • 2 nights at YHA Christchurch
  • Mt Hutt full lift pass
  • Snowboard & boots or skis, boots & poles
  • Transport from/to YHA Christchurch and Mt Hutt

Deal 2

  • 2 nights at YHA Christchurch
  • Transport from/to YHA Christchurch and Mt Hutt

Email YHA Christchurch or ring 03 379 9536

Deal 1: $250 multi-share. Deal 2: $100 NZD multi-share. Valid until 15 August 2016.








Christchurch: Double decker tour




All aboard for the best way to discover Christchurch – from a 1960s double decker bus. In-the-know drivers update you about changes afoot in post-earthquake Christchurch including the colourful Re:Start shipping container mall and the even more colourful street art. The bus also wanders to Christ Church Cathedral, the Cardboard Cathedral, Art Deco New Regent Street the picturesque seaside Sumner, Port Hills with views of Lyttelton Harbour, Mona Vale Gardens and more. Package includes:

  • 2 nights at YHA Christchurch
  • 3 hour double decker bus tour

Email YHA Christchurch or ring 03 379 9536

Priced from $110 NZD multi-share for one guest or $262 private for two. Valid until 15 August 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.