YHA Auckland City

Description

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

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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

 

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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)

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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. 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

  • Panic! At The Disco: 2 Feb 2017, Vector Arena
  • 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 
  • Pixies: 11 March 2017, Vector Arena
  • Tegan and Sara: 11 March 2017, Bruce Mason Centre
  • 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
  • Santana and the Doobie brothers: 18th April 2017, Vector Arena
  • The Darkness: 20 April 2017, Power Station
  • 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
  • Little Mix: 30 July 2017, Vector Arena
Booking essential for all of the above through Ticketek.

Events

  • (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
  • (Feb 13th - Dec 4th) Phoenix Belly Dance Classes for Beginners. You are invited to learn the art of Belly Dancing! Belly dancing is for all women of any age, size or fitness level and no experience in any dance form is necessary! ... Wellesley Studios
  • (Feb 20th - Feb 20th) This popular introductory course offers you the opportunity to learn about wine and winemaking. It focuses on the main wine varietals grown in New Zealand and the styles of wine that have built their reputations. You ... New Zealand School of Food and Wine
  • (Feb 20th - Feb 20th) This is a straightforward introduction to the world of wine. Each class session includes a tasting of 4 wines. Course programme teaches about: - The main styles of wine - The WSET Level 1 Systematic Approach to ... New Zealand School of Food and Wine
  • (Dec 1st - Feb 24th 2017) Welcome back to Auckland Live Summer in the Square. We’re thrilled to once again transform Aotea Square into Auckland’s biggest backyard summer party, with entertainment, activities and events for ... Aotea Square
  • (Feb 15th - Mar 12th) The Auckland Fringe is back in 2017! And Basement Theatre are welcoming an eclectic bunch of international and local talents to illuminate the stage with radical, exuberant and challenging art – in the spirit of Fringe ... The Basement

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