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

  • 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
  • Prophets of Rage: 20 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
  • STOMP: 23 - 27 May 2018, The Civic
  • Celine Dion: 11 August 2018, Spark Arena
  • Katy Perry: 20 August 2018, Spark Arena
  • Pink: 4 September 2018, Spark Arena
  • Postmodern Jukebox: 5 October 2018, Town Hall
  • Sam Smith: 2-3 November 2018, Spark Arena
  • Taylor Swift: 9 November 2018, Mt Smart Stadium
  • Shania Twain: 18 December 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.


  • (Feb 24th - Feb 24th) The immersive 13-screen film installation 'Manifesto' by German artist and filmmaker Julian Rosefeldt pays homage to the moving tradition and literary beauty of artist manifestos, ultimately questioning the role of the ... Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
  • (Mar 5th - Mar 5th) If you are new to pointes, or if you've been dancing en pointe for less than 2 years - this is the course for you. Every Monday 6-7pm for twelve weeks - starting on Monday 5th of March. In this twelve-week course, ... The Dance Domain
  • (Mar 10th - Mar 10th) All art was once contemporary, and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki’s rich historical and modern collections reflect what was current at certain times. Over the last 10 years, the Gallery has continued building a ... Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
  • (Feb 12th - Apr 23rd) There can be only one (& a runner up)! So who will be the funniest new face of 2018? $2500 in prize money and The Glory to be won. 10 hopeful first timers and rookies try out 6mins of their own original material in ... The Classic Comedy Club
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  • (Apr 23rd - Jul 13th) Body Worlds, the highly anticipated and internationally acclaimed original exhibition of real human bodies, is arriving in New Zealand! Visited by over 45 million people worldwide, the exhibition takes you on an ... Hilton Auckland
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YHA Auckland City is a newly refurbished hostel with key card access to each of the seven floors. The separate reading room, movie room, out door deck and break out space are great for relaxing and interacting with guests. The hostel has a mix of rooms on each floor and is ideal for small groups. 

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Hostel capacity

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

Room types available are:

  • 2 x 3 bed multi-share ensuite rooms
  • 8 x 4 bed multi-share ensuite rooms
  • 4 x 4 bed multi-share rooms
  • 6 x 6 bed multi-share 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. 

Safety and security is a top priority at YHA. You can download our Group Health & Safety information for your planning or school board approvals. 

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. Ensuite rooms are available and shared single sex bathroom facilities are in the stairwell of each floor.

Due to the layout of floors and 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. 

Exclusive use

Want a bit more space for your group? Ask Paula and Erin about booking a whole floor or two! 

FREE booking service

A group 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. 


Unfortunately 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