YHA Paraparaumu


Situated right on the beach at Paraparaumu with stunning views of Kapiti Island, this charming backpackers hostel began life as a hotel in 1923 and has been lovingly restored to its former glory with lovely oak furniture in the rooms and historic photos of the Kapiti area.

YHA Paraparaumu Barnacles Seaside Inn offers a variety of accommodation, many rooms have sea views which you can request when booking. The hostel is only 200 metres from cafes and restaurants and near the Coastal Bike track and various beach walks.

This Paraparaumu backpackers is close to Kapiti Island, a nature reserve for New Zealand’s special bird life. Bookings and pick ups for Kapiti Island tours are available from the hostel. Just a 45 minute drive from Wellington, YHA Paraparaumu Barnacles Seaside Inn offers homely accommodation where you can step back into the past and enjoy fantastic hospitality as well as ambience.


"The revamped YHA Paraparaumu Barnacles Seaside Inn in an attractive 1923 hotel is comfortable and overlooks the beach." –The Rough Guide to New Zealand

By Car

From Wellington takes 45 minutes.

From highway 1, follow the signs to Paraparaumu Beach. If you are coming from Wellington you will need to take a left at the BP service station.

If youre coming from north of Paraparaumu it will be a right at the BP service station.

This will bring you on to Kapiti road. Follow this road all the way to the end, take a left at the round about.

We are on your left just after the round about.

By Bus/Shuttle

Bus No. 71 or 72 to Paraparaumu Beach.

Bus No. 73 and 74 also come out to the beach, but are a lot less frequent.

By Train

Take Paraparaumu line train to Paraparaumu station.

There is a bus that meets each train coming from Wellington (bus no. 71 & 72)

This will bring you down to Paraparaumu beach….You could ask the driver to drop you outside the hostel, theyre very friendly!

Taxi from Paraparaumu station approx $12 to the hostel.

By Ferry

Take train to/from Ferry Terminal in Wellington.

Follow highway 1 north (see car directions).

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  • BBQ
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Mastercard
  • TV Room
  • VISA
  • Travel out to Kapiti Island nature reserve and see New Zealand’s special native birds up close.
  • Play on New Zealand’s only world top 100 golf course – The Paraparaumu Beach Golf Links.
  • Try the delicious cheese and ice-cream at Kapiti Cheeses.
  • Stroll along beautiful Paraparaumu beach and relax in the village atmosphere of the town and enjoy the stunning views out to Kapiti Island.


  • (Oct 5th - Oct 10th) A fun filled week at 'The Lindale Farm & Cafe' Auditorium including an amazing range of bouncy castles suitable for all ages, our sumo arena, ball pit, yummy food and drink, and so much more! Suitable for ages 1 to 12 ... Lindale Centre
  • (Jul 30th - Feb 27th 2016) The exhibition features the history of Kapiti Island. The island is a very important part of Kapiti. It gives us its name and is a prominent part of our landscape. There are strong connections to Otaki as well. It is ... Otaki Museum
  • (Jan 24th - Jan 23rd 2016) Free timed 5k run every Saturday morning, rain or shine. Register on our website. Like our Facebook page Kapiti Coast parkrun. Otaihanga Domain
  • (Oct 10th - Oct 10th) The Kapiti Epic-Climb for a Cause October 2015 is the first year the event will be run. In 2014 Stu downs ran the ‘Maungatuks Crazy’, essentially ‘the Kapiti Epic’ is the rebranded Maungatuks Crazy. It’s ... Paraparaumu
  • (Sep 19th - Dec 19th) This is a weekly social dancing night at romantic seafront of Paekakariki. Nice views of sunset and twilight over the sea. Cosy hall with a wide wooden floor. Tango is a game to the music. A guy meets a girl. They ... Paekakariki Memorial Hall
  • (Oct 11th - Oct 11th) Adam McGrath Solo – AOTNZ Tour Oct 2015 Adam McGrath’s band, The Eastern, was a huge hit on its first tour with Arts On Tour NZ a couple of years ago. Now Adam is doing it solo “...folk singin’, hope ... The Raumati Social Club

YHA Paraparaumu is ideally located close to Kapiti Island with stunning coastal views and is the perfect location for small groups to get away from the city and enjoy this 1920's beachfront hostel. We can help with bookings to Kapiti Island and also recommend time at the Nga Manu Nature Reserve and for some the Southward's car Museum is also a drawcard.

Being a smaller hostel makes your group stay more intimate and well suited for a unique group escape. 

Click here to read YHA New Zealand's full Groups Brochure.

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Paraparauma can host up to 45 guests across various room types. 

Room types available are:

  • 4 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 11 x twin and double rooms
  • 6 x Single rooms
  • 1 x family room.

Shared rooms

Group members will stay in a mixture of 4 bed share rooms. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1 each - free for YHA members. All facilities are shared.


WiFi is $5 for 24 hours or $15 for a week. 

Contact our Group Coordinators

Contact YHA Paraparaumu direct 04 902 5856 or email paraparaumu@yha.co.nz 

For all the benefits of staying with YHA read YHA New Zealand's full Groups Brochure