Deals

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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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auckland: Sail Away

 

 

Discover why Auckland truly deserves its title, 'City of Sails' and trade in the busy city centre for smooth harbour sailing and sunshine on an America's Cup yacht. Join the crew to skipper the vessel and pull in, let out, haul up or bring down the sails. Or take the helm and take in the city skyline from the best view in town. Package includes:

  • 2 nights with YHA Auckland International
  • 2 hour sailing with Explore on the Hauraki Gulf

Email YHA Auckland International or ring 09 302 8200

 

Priced from NZ$152.40 per person multi-share and $209.10 private ensuite per person for YHA members. Non-member rates available. No sailing experience necessary. Valid to 2 June 2016.

 

 

 

 

Bay of Islands: Cruise and 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

$229.00 per person shared cabin for YHA members. $259 per person in a shared cabin for non-members. Valid until 2 June 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

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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

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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.

 

 

 

Lake Tekapo: Stargazer special

 

 

Turn off the lights and wish upon infinite stars at Tekapo’s Mt John Observatory in the heart of one of the only eight international Dark Sky Reserves in the world. Navigate the night skies and peer through powerful telescopes for a truly out of this world experience. Package includes:

  • 1 night accommodation in a multi-share with YHA Lake Tekapo
  • Mt John night time observatory tour with Earth & Sky
  • Transport from YHA to Mt John
  • Hot chocolate at the candle-lit summit-top Astro Café

Email YHA Lake Tekapo or ring 03 680 6857

Prices from $165 per person. YHA members only. Valid till 30 June 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.