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Our achievements

We're proud to consider ourselves industry leaders in responsible tourism and environmental sustainability. We're pleased as punch that some of the people below think so as well!


Toitū carbonzeroCertTM Certified

Our managed hostels are the first accommodation network worldwide to become Toitū carbonzeroCertTM certified. This means we've committed to measuring, reducing, and offsetting our greenhouse gas emissions to ensure that our national office and managed hostels are carbon neutral. Exciting stuff! Learn more



We all recognise Qualmark as an indicator of quality, but they also have specific Sustainable Tourism standards to judge whether your accommodation provider is committed to the environment. All of our eligible managed hostels have received a Qualmark Sustainable Tourism Business Award. Fancy! See awards


Global Youth Travel Awards

YHA New Zealand were the proud winners of the Green Accommodation Initiative 2016. This was awarded at the World Youth and Student Travel Conference, which celebrates outstanding performers within the international youth, student and educational travel industry. We were finalists in 2015 and 2017. Read more


YHA team member enjoys tree planting on planting day Learn more

Toitū carbonzero

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YHA Christchurch travellers walking alongside avon river Read more

Global Youth Travel Awards

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