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Top 5 Must-Do Activities in Christchurch

South Island
City Tours
Photography
Food

With two YHA hostels and our National Office located in Ōtautahi Christchurch, we like to think we know a thing or two about our wee town.

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The Ultimate Christchurch Walking Tour

South Island
Food
Family
Photography
City Tours

We're lucky to have two hostels smack bang in the middle of the most walkable city in New Zealand. We also think a good walk is the best way to explore it! Fancy that.

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Top 5 Must-Do Activities in Wellington

North Island
Food
Nature
Photography
Scenic

As one of the most central hostels in town, our YHA Wellington team pride themselves on being well-placed to explore and offer tips about this cool little capital. Check out some of our top picks!

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20 Activities to Keep You Busy in Rotorua

North Island
Adventure
Family
Nature
Walking and Hiking
Adrenaline

Rotorua is well known for it's geothermal wonders and adrenaline-pumping activities, but did you know it's also a haven for mountain biking? Check out some of our top activity picks.

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Great Walker? Check out our 14 top Great Walks hostels

North Island
South Island
Adventure
Scenic
Nature
Walking and Hiking

Keen to strap on a few necessities and hit the tracks through some of New Zealand's native forests, lakes, rivers, mountain peaks, and valleys? Discover our perfectly-located Great Walks hostels.

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yha Kaikoura surfer looking for waves to catch

7 Epic Surf Spots in New Zealand

North Island
South Island
Scenic
Watersports
Beach

With so much coastline to explore, it'd be rude not to hit the surf on your next NZ break.

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Te Araroa Trail Hostels

The Te Araroa trail is New Zealand's newest long..

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Walking and Hiking Hostels

Join in our love affair with the great outdoors..

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YHA Franz Josef dawn at lake matheson
DOC Short Walks

Experience some of New Zealand's highlights in..

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12 YHA hostels perfectly positioned for the snow

Love skiing, snowboarding, snow shoeing or any..

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