YHA Auckland City


Recently refurbished (October 2016) with a 3 million dollar makeover, YHA Auckland City is the ideal backpacker hostel to start or finish your New Zealand adventure.

This 5 Star Gold Qualmark-rated hostel offers a range of clean and comfortable rooms from different sized dorm rooms (male or female only available), to private single, twin and double rooms. The hostel combines the excitement of the city with a safe and secure environment.

A fully equipped kitchen, relaxed dining room, comfortable TV room, spacious sundeck and BBQ area, laundry, luggage storage facilities, and free travel booking service, make this an awesome place to stay.

Located at the top of Queen Street in the heart of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most exciting city, YHA Auckland City provides easy access to the city centre and is surrounded by shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs.

The hostel is also a short walk from the Airbus Express stop making it easy to find when you first arrive, or a great place to spend your last few days in New Zealand.

Knowledgeable staff are on hand 24 hours a day to welcome you with a big smile! The team can offer advice about the best things to do in Auckland and New Zealand, and can book any activities, transport or YHA accommodation around the country to help make your trip as easy as possible.

All booked up? Try YHA Auckland International, just around the corner.

Travel in Auckland and around New Zealand

YHA Auckland City has an onsite travel and accommodation booking service to help you book your activities and travel in Auckland and around the country. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to give advice as to the best ways to make the most of your time and money in New Zealand. They can also book all your YHA accommodation in advance to help make your trip as relaxing as possible.

Here’s a small sample of some of the iconic Auckland sights and activities:

  • The Auckland Harbour Bridge
  • Aotea Square – visit the square for crafts markets, rallies and arts festivals.
  • The Britomart Centre – is the main public transport hub
  • Karangahape Road – also known as "K' Road", and is famous for its bars, clubs and shops
  • Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World – aquarium and Antarctic centre
  • New Zealand National Maritime Museum – features New Zealand maritime history
  • Queen Street - main street of the city, from Karangahape Road down to the harbour.
  • Sky Tower – the tallest free standing structure in the southern hemisphere which offers fantastic panoramic views of Auckland.
  • The Viaduct – restaurants, bars, excellent fish n' chips and home to the Americas’ cup yacht

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By Bus:

The hostel is 800m from the station. Head down Victoria Street and turn right into Queen Street, City Road is on the left from station

By Plane:

23km to Auckland International Airport. Door to door transfers with Airbus and Super Shuttle

By Train:

1km to hostel. Walk from station up Queen Street to Hostel (25mins) or catch a bus up Queen Street from Britomart ($0.50)


As you might expect in Auckland CBD, parking is limited! A small number paid car parks are available outside YHA Auckland International (just around the corner), but unfortunately there is no onsite parking at our hostel. Send us an email and we can help suggest nearby options depending on your budget.

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  • 24 Hour Guest Access
  • 2GB Free WiFi Every Day
  • American Express
  • BBQ
  • Bedding Provided
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Available to Purchase
  • Communal Dining Area
  • Communal Lounge
  • Cot Available On Request
  • EFTPOS, Visa & Mastercard
  • Food Storage
  • Free Movies
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Garden or Outdoor Area
  • Guitar
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hostelling International Bookings
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Recycling Stations
  • Secure Bedrooms
  • Towel Hire
  • Travel & Activity Bookings
  • TV Room
  • Union Pay
  • Wheelchair Accessible

To do in Auckland 

  • Visit Auckland’s Sky Tower for breathtaking views over the ‘City of Sails’. Try the Sky Walk or the Sky Jump if you’re feeling brave. Special ticket price of $26 per person available through our front desk.
  • Walk across Auckland’s iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge for stunning views of Auckland’s downtown with Sky Tower and across Auckland Harbour.
  • Go off shore and visit the islands: Rangitoto, Waiheke, Great Barrier, Tiritiri Matangi, Rotoroa, Kawau and Motutapu.
  • Venture over to the Marine Village of Devonport, where sandy beaches, stylish shops and little eateries await.
  • Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World remains a popular place to visit to see New Zealand’s varied marine life up close and personal. Save $14 by booking at our front desk to take advantage of our $22 backpacker rate!
  • Get the best views of the city from 16500ft at the North Islands highest drop zone with Skydive Auckland.
  • Something is always in bloom at the Auckland Botanical Gardens, a short drive from the CBD. And it's FREE!
  • Visit the Stardome Observatory & Planetarium and discover star clusters, gas cloud nebulae and star patterns that can only be seen from this latitude.
  • Hop on the ferry for a scenic ride to the picturesque Waiheke Island and then zip through Waiheke's native bush on EcoZip Adventure's 200m dual flying fox ziplines.
  • Stroll along Mission Bay's promendade and discover the seaside charm of suburbs St Heliers Bay and Kohimarama, all within walking or cycling distance from the Auckland CBD.
  • Go along with Eden Park Tours for a tour of Eden Park, the home of the All Blacks and one of the world’s most famous sporting venues.
  • Visit the Auckland Zoo and Motat (Museum of Transport and Technology) in the gorgeous Western Springs domain.
  • Butterfly Creek, home of the crocs, has a unique collection of animals, insects and critters. It has brought the worlds most aggressive predator, the Australian Crocodile, to New Zealand.
  • Experience Auckland's fantastic outdoors and hire a bike or tramping and camping gear from Adventure Capital.
  • Visit the Auckland Museum and Auckland Art Gallery for some of New Zealand’s best Maori and fine art collections. Save $5 at Auckland Museum by booking through our front desk.
  • Cruise the harbour and take in some of the wildlife with Auckland Whale & Dolphin Watch. Save $32 by booking through reception.
  • Take in some live music or live theatre – Auckland is New Zealand’s entertainment capital.
All activities are bookable at hostel reception.

Auckland upcoming sport & music events

  • Lorde: 14-15 November 2017, Power Station
  • Stevie Nicks and the Pretenders: 21 November 2017, Spark Arena
  • Take That: 22 November 2017, Trusts Arena
  • Sister Act The Musical: 25 November - 16 December 2017, ASB Waterfront Theatre
  • Harry Styles: 2 December 2017, Spark Arena
  • Sia: 5 December 2017, Mt Smart Stadium
  • Cat Stevens: 13 December 2017, Spark Arena
  • Paul McCartney: 16 December 2017, Mt Smart Stadium
  • Queen and Adam Lambert: 17, 18 December 2017, Spark Arena
  • Jimmy Carr: 15-16 January 2018, ASB Theatre
  • Roger Waters: 24/26 January 2018, Spark Arena
  • Mariah Carey: 1 February 2018, Spark Arena
  • The Stranglers: 2 February 2018, Auckland Town Hall
  • Foo Fighters: 3 February 2018, Mt Smart Stadium
  • Macklemore: 9 February 2018, Spark Arena
  • Bruno Mars: 27-28 February and 2/3 March 2018, Spark Arena
  • Auckland City Limits: 3 March 2018, Western Springs
  • Mrs Brown's Boys: 7-10 March 2018, Spark Arena
  • Ed Sheeran: 23-25 March 2018, Mt Smart Stadium
  • Lionel Ritchie: 12 April 2018, Spark Arena
  • The Killers: 20 April 2018, Spark Arena
  • Katy Perry: 20 August 2018, Spark Arena
  • Pink: 4 September 2018, Spark Arena

Please note: the venue formerly known as Vector Arena has been renamed Spark Arena

Booking essential for all of the above through Ticketek.


  • (Sep 2nd - Sep 2nd) From the private collection of the eminent Corsini family in Florence, Italy, comes this fascinating exhibition featuring Renaissance and Baroque painting by artists such as Botticelli, Andrea del Sarto, Caravaggio and ... Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
  • (Nov 10th - Dec 23rd) Bringing you a Xmas season of stand-up comedy at NZ's home of live comedy. We've sprinkled a little Christmas cheer on our Allstars and decorated the tree. This show is our most popular showcase in the Main Venue. ... The Classic Comedy Club
  • (Nov 10th - Nov 25th) Every Friday & Saturday from 10 pm we feature a fresh line-up of 4-5 new and old pro comedians. Same time, same show, same price but in our smaller upstairs venue. (Sorry no wheelchair access). A great alternative ... The Classic Studio
  • (Nov 17th - Nov 17th) The greatest dancefloor musical of all time, Saturday Night Fever, will tour arenas and theatres in New Zealand this November and December. Today's announcement coincides with the 40th anniversary of the release of ... ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
  • (Feb 17th - Dec 22nd) The legendary Mexican Café proudly presents King Salsa with his awesome array of salsa beats to get you up on the dance floor. Drop your inhibitions and join the fun. The first half hour is a dedicated Salsa Lesson ... The Mexican Cafe
  • (Mar 17th - Dec 29th) Cult45 will be dishing up some tasty funk, post-disco boogie and underground disco from around the world. You can listen to a mix by cult45 at www.mezzebar.co.nz. Mezze Bar
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YHA Auckland City is a newly refurbished hostel with key card access to each of the seven floors and is ideal for small groups. 

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Hostel capacity

YHA Auckland International can cater for up to 142 people across 46 rooms and 7 floors. 

Room types available are:

  • 6 x 6 bed multi-share rooms
  • 4 x 4 bed multi-share rooms
  • 8 x 4 bed multi-share ensuite  rooms
  • 2 x 3 bed multi-share ensuite rooms
  • 18 x twin and queen rooms
  • 8 x twin and queen ensuite rooms

All bedroom doors lock automatically when closed and require swipe keys for access. A duplicate set can be provided for leaders to access all rooms allocated to your group. 


If you have any questions Paula and Erin are happy to help:

 auckland.groups@yha.co.nz    09 302 8201 

Room types

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 3, 4 or 6 bed rooms. Shared single sex bathroom facilities are situated on each floor. Ensuite rooms are also available. Due to the layout of rooms, some members of your group may be on different floors.

All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1 each.

Private rooms

Group leaders and supervisors can be accommodated in twin or queens rooms with ensuite or shared bathroom facilities. These rooms include all bed linen and towels. 

Please note that we have a limited number of private rooms with ensuite facilities and they are subject to availability.



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Facilities & services

Hostel facilities

  • Fully equipped, self-catering kitchen and dining area
  • Wheelchair access
  • All bed linen included
  • Laundry facilities
  • $1 towel hire
  • TV lounge with DVDs for hire
  • Reading room
  • Free luggage storage available with prior arrangement


We have a fully equipped kitchen and can arrange packed breakfasts before arrival. 

Advance bookings can also request packed lunches. 

FREE booking service

A free booking service is provided for all land-based domestic travel and activities including: Interislander and Bluebridge ferries, Tranzalpine, Tranzscenic and Overland trains, Intercity coach travel and local shuttle services.

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The hostel is located in Auckland’s CBD close to Queen Street, the Sky Tower, Aotea Square, Civic Theatre and many other attractions.

We can help to arrange your activity bookings or transport to local activities. Just let us know, we are happy to help!

From Airport

23km to Auckland International Airport. Door to door transfers with Airbus for $16 one way or $28 per person return. The most convenient option for a group is to book a shuttle at $113 per van door to door. 

By Train

1km walk to hostel. Walk from Britomart Station up Queen Street to hostel (25 min) or catch a bus from Britomart. The most convenient option, a charter shuttle, is $50 per van. 


There is no parking available at YHA Auckland City. If you require parking please enquire about YHA Auckland International. 


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For multiple locations get in touch with our National Groups Coordinator, Rod: book@yha.co.nz | 0800 278 299