Group Travel made Easy

Room types, meal options and transport are all your choice! Group bookings all include access to full kitchens and social areas, and all bedding is included. Read on for the details!

Take the hard work out of your next group trip. At YHA school, sport teams and community group travel is what we do! We're committed to giving you a great experience from the moment you start planning to the time you return home.

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Safety & Security for Youth Groups

Safety and security are important when travelling with under 18 groups. We're committed to supporting youth group travel with thorough health and safety procedures and Risk Management.


YHA Hostels' commitment to your group safety:

    • We guarantee that shared rooms for under 18's will be exclusive to you
    • Where required your students will be separated by gender
    • For school and youth groups there must be one adult leader of each gender if it is a mixed party, in a ratio of 1:10
    • We accept teaching assistants, parents or guardians as sub-leaders, where there is a qualified leader assigned to each gender
    • We will take all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety and security of your group and property
    • A member of staff will be available 24 hours a day
    • We operate strict close-down procedures and fire security checks every night
    • Hostel staff will brief the group leaders on safety and security
    • We will assist with providing risk assessment information on request

Please note: While our hostels take the health, safety and welfare of everyone seriously, responsibility for the group rests with the Group Leaders. Hostel staff cannot act ‘in loco parentis’ and we will report inappropriate behaviour to Group Leaders for action.

Group Room Options

It's not just dorms anymore! We've got private rooms too!

Your group can choose between shared bathrooms or dorms or private rooms with ensuite bathrooms. And they all include you're bedding - no need to bring your sleeping bags!

Our team will work with you to arrange:

  • The best mix of dorm and private rooms, with or without ensuites
  • Gender separations for youth and school groups
  • Privatising dorm rooms so they're just for your group
  • Rooms grouped as close together as possible for ease of supervision
  • Towel hire from just $1 per towel to lighten the packing

Self-Catering for Group Stays


Our hostels have well-equipped self-catering kitchens stocked with cutlery, crockery and utensils. In some hostels, we have more than one kitchen or dining area - handy for helping keep your group together and on the move in the mornings.

Just need to plan the menu and bring the groceries! We can also recommend local group and child-friendly restaurants.

Activity & Transport Bookings


Our hostels offer you a free booking service for activities and land-based domestic travel.

We can book:

  • Interislander and Bluebridge ferries
  • Tranzalpine, Coastal Pacific and Northern Explorer trains
  • Intercity coach travel and local shuttle services
  • Local activities like zoo trips, cultural experiences and more



If you are looking for a more exclusive experience, we offer for the sole use of your party. 

Our hostels are popular venues so we usually require 3 months notice to arrange exclusive use of the whole hostel. But we can also arrange wings, floors and units. 

International Group Travel

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YHA New Zealand is part of Hostelling International (HI) which connects Youth Hostel Associations from all over the world. HI Groups pulls together all the information you need when considering group travel overseas.

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