YHA Auckland City


Newly 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.

The 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 and luggage storage facilities and free accommodation and travel service, make this 4-star plus Qualmark rated hostel 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.

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


YHA Auckland City is a large and central YHA with seven floors of mostly twin and double rooms – the upper ones with fine city views – plus well-equipped common areas and a large travel centre. - The Rough Guide to New Zealand



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)

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  • Activity booking
  • BBQ
  • Book Hostelling International hostels here
  • Communal dining area
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • TV Room

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 aggresive predator the Australian Crocodile to New Zealand.
  • Expereince 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.
  • 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

  • Legends of Speed: 25 November 2016, Vector Arena
  • TLC: 26 November 2016, Vector Arena
  • Nelly: 29 November 2016, Vector Arena
  • The Monkees 50th Anniversary: 30 November 2016, ASB Waterfront Theatre
  • Ben Harper: 2 December 2016, ASB Theatre
  • The Nutcracker: 2 December - 4 December 2016, ASB Waterfront Theatre
  • Coldplay: 3 December 2016, Mt Smart
  • Culture Club: 4 December 2016, The Civic
  • Amy Schumer: 17 December 2016, Vector Arena
  • Passenger: 17 January 2017, The Civic
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: 18th January 2017, Vector
  • B*Witched, Atomic Kitten and S CLUB: 3 Feb 2017, ASB Theatre  
  • Guns and Roses: 4 February 2017, Western Springs Park
  • Lloyd Cole: 4 February 2017, AB Waterfront Theatre
  • James Taylor and his all star band : 4th February 2017 , Vector
  • Simple Minds and the B52’s: 14 Feb 2017, Vector Arena
  • Jimmy Barnes: 18 February 2017, The Civic
  • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street  Band: 25 February 2017, Mt Smart Stadium 
  • Justin Beiber: 18 March 2017, Mt Smart
  • Don Henley: 23 March 2017, Vector Arena
  • Adele: 23 March 2017, Mt Smart Stadium
  • 21 Pilots: 25 March 2017, Vector Arena
  • Bonnie Rate: 1 April 2017, The Civic
  • Joseph And His Technicolour Dream Coat: 15 April - 30 April 2017, The Civic
  • Jethro Tull: 22 April 2017, ASB Theatre, Aotea Square
  • Green Day: 13 May 2017, Vector Arena
  • Blue V British Lions : 7th June 2017, Eden Park
  • West Side Story: 22 June - 2 July 2017, The Civic
Booking essential for all of the above through Ticketek.


  • (Oct 22nd - Oct 22nd) Explore the life and work of New Zealand’s most prolific professional colonial painter, Gottfried Lindauer, in the major exhibition, 'The Māori Portraits: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand'. Come face to face with ... Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
  • (Nov 5th - Nov 5th) 'Lee Mingwei and His Relations: The Art of Participation' invites audiences to complete the art works while offering unique participatory experiences by one of the world’s most engaging international contemporary ... Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
  • (Mar 13th - Dec 4th) The Auckland Fair is a destination event and is one of New Zealand's biggest and best design, art and craft markets and a unique shopping experience - and now with extended hours! Showcasing a curated selection of ... Shed 10
  • (Dec 4th - Dec 4th) Who else could possibly be better equipped to present A German Christmas in New Zealand than Bach Musica NZ with their very own German Music and Artistic Director Rita Paczian? A New Zealand resident for more than two ... Auckland Town Hall - Great Hall
  • (Nov 23rd - Dec 10th) The world's hottest all-male boylesque spectacular. “A blazing disco ball of energy exploding in a nightclub that’s inside a theatre.” - Time Out London Rally the crew and get ready for a fun night out, the ... Q Theatre
  • (Dec 2nd - Dec 4th) - 2 Dec - 5pm until late: Silo Cinema is kicking off in epic fashion with Poi E and a live performance from Patea Maori Club. Don't miss the Discovery Channel’s Shark Week Selfies, and brand new for Season 6 is Silo ... Silo Park

Groups staying at YHA in Auckland mainly stay at the YHA International hostel.

YHA Auckland International is a 4 star plus, Enviro Silver Qualmark rated hostel and provides quality, secure and affordable accommodation to all types of groups from schools and colleges, to sporting and cultural groups. The hostel is located in Auckland’s CBD close to Queen Street, the Sky Tower, Aotea Square, Civic Theatre and many other attractions.

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Auckland International can cater for up to 168 people across 47 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 4 x 8 bed multi-share
  • 24 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 11 x twin and double rooms
  • 8 x twin and double rooms with ensuite facilities.

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 4 or 8 bed rooms. Shared single sex bathroom facilities are situated on each floor. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1 each.

Due to the layout of rooms, some members of your group may be on a different floor.

Private rooms

Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in single, double or twin rooms with private 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.

All bedrooms require swipe keys for access and a duplicate set can be provided for leaders to access all rooms allocated to your group.

Group Meals

Continental breakfast can be served upon request for $10 per person. It includes a choice of three cereals, fruit salad, toast and tea, coffee, milo and fruit juice. Packed breakfast and packed lunch available when booked in advance. From $10 per meal per person.

Free WiFi for Group Leaders

We know being a group leader is tough work at the best of times and you need to stay contactable as much as possible to keep things running smoothly. To help you stay connected YHA offers provides group leaders with free high speed WiFi during their stay.  

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.

Contact our Group Coordinators

Contact YHA Auckland direct 09 302 8200 or email auckland.groups@yha.co.nz or our national groups coordinator 0800 278 299

Download YHA Auckland Group Information