YHA Rotorua


Welcome to YHA Rotorua, a purpose built backpacker hostel in the central city for your complete Rotorua experience. We offer budget backpacker accommodation right beside Kuirau Park, Rotorua’s free geothermal attraction, and only two minutes walk from shops, cafes, restaurants and beautiful Lake Rotorua.

YHA Rotorua has a spacious modern kitchen as well as a large outdoor deck and BBQ for your choice of indoor or outdoor dining. Communal backpacker facilities include a comfortable separate lounge and TV room with lots of DVDs to watch, a pool table, and a coin operated laundry. We offer 2GB free WiFi per day throughout the YHA-managed network.

Our clean, modern and secure hostel is also an active member of the Rotorua Sustainable Tourism Charter - recycling, energy efficiency and biodegradable laundry powders and cleaning products are just some of the measures taken at YHA Rotorua.

We want to make sure your stay in Rotorua is enjoyable and memorable. Our friendly staff can organise a range of activities on your behalf including geo-thermal tours, Maori cultural evenings, relaxing hot mineral spas, and awesome outdoor adventures like rafting or mountain biking (bike hire available on site).

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3 minute walk from Intercity bus stop - head south on Fenton St toward Haupapa St, Turn right at Haupapa St and YHA Rotorua will be on the left. Super Shuttle drops off and picks up from hostel.


We have free on-site parking available to the rear of the hostel. Street parking is available but may be time-limited; there is also a parking lot opposite the hostel.

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

Rotorua is well known for it's geothermal wonders and adrenaline-pumping activities, but did you know it's also a haven for mountain biking? Check out some of our top activity picks:


Kuirau Park - a minute's walk from YHA Rotorua, this park in the middle of town has steam vents, bubbling mud pools, and even hot pools to soak your feet in, all for free!
Sulphur Point - an easy walk from Government Gardens, this bird sanctuary is also a great place to observe sulphur vents right on the lake's edge.
Te Puia - home of the famous Pohutu Geyser and center for Maori cultural experiences. YHA members get 10% off entry when you book at reception.
Waimangu Volcanic Valley - walk through the valley for a variety of different geothermal features. 10% off self-guided walks for YHA members.
Wai O Tapu - A large geyser named Lady Knox lives here, as well as the well-photographed Champagne Pool.
Kerosene Creek and "Secret Spot" - each around 20 minutes drive from town, these are free natural hot water springs you can soak in. Ask our staff to point you in the right direction!
Polynesian Spa - the ultimate relaxation spot with lakeside views.
Hell's Gate - One part geothermal park, one part hot springs and mud baths. Sound good to us!

Maori Culture Experiences

Tamaki Maori Village - Discover Maori art, traditions, rituals, and food. Book at YHA reception for a special rate!
Te Puia - Learn about Maori art, architecture, food, and culture. YHA members get 10% off entry when you book at reception.
Mitai Maori Village - complimentary beverage for YHA members when booking through reception!

Walking and Mountain Biking

Whakarewarewa Redwoods Forest - full of excellent walking and MTB trails and easily accessible by bike from YHA Rotorua.
Skyline Gravity Bike Park - take the Gondola to the top, enjoy a downhill mountain bike run, rinse and repeat!
Tarawera Trail - a 15km walking track around Lake Tarawera towards Hot Water Beach

YHA Rotorua also has some bikes available to hire. Check out our article on mountain biking:  Read more 

Lakes and Watersports

Rafting - There are heaps of local rafting companies to choose from, offering a variety of grades depending on your adrenaline tolerance!
Boating - With 20 lakes to choose from, boaties, jetskiiers, biscuiters and the like can get their kicks. Trout fishing is also a popular past-time.
Paddling - Kayak and paddle board rental can help you enjoy the lakes sans motor.


Agroventures - try free-fall machines, jet-boating, bungy, swoop and more! YHA member discount available.
Off Road NZ - Karting and 4WD adventure activities. 10% off for YHA members.
OGO/Zorb - jump in a giant inflatable ball (optional:filled with water!) and roll down a hill. Sounds fun!
Skyline - try luging, zipling, or a skyswing to get your pulse racing.

Book all of these and more through our reception at YHA Rotorua!

Crankworx Rotorua (Mar 25 - Apr 2 2017) "Mountain Biking's defining celebration" is 9 days of mountain biking competitions, concerts and culture. Watch the worlds best compete alongside rising stars, industry innovators and the next generation of riders!


  • (Mar 16th - May 3rd 2018) The Rotorua Night Market is a must do while in Rotorua! This event is for locals and visitors alike, it is family friendly with great food, music and boutique stalls. Experience every Thursday evening in the 'Heart of ... Rotorua Night Market
  • (Oct 26th - Mar 22nd 2018) Poker Card Game every Thursday At Mitchell Downs Tavern from 7:30pm till 10pm. Bring your mates to play Poker Card Game. Limited Number of players allowed. first come first serve base. Range of Food and Beverage ... Mitchell Downs Tavern
  • (Mar 17th - Mar 25th) The defining celebration of world-class mountain biking, Crankworx Rotorua is back for nine days of action with epic new events added to the line-up. Descend upon the first four days for free with access to the Giant ... Skyline Rotorua
  • (Feb 15th - May 3rd) Live at the Baby Grand Piano at Ponsonby Rd. The Dr John of Aotearoa (AKA one of New Zealand's finest session keys players, Ben Wilcock) will do his honky tonk thang so you can finish off the working week in ... Ponsonby Rd Lounge Bar
  • (Mar 1st - Mar 31st) This March, we're celebrating our 85th birthday! Thank you for your support over the last 85 years! To celebrate, we’ve dropped the price of our Family Annual Pass to only $85! Our Annual Pass lets you visit the ... Rainbow Springs Nature Park
  • (Mar 15th - Apr 8th) There are only 3 weeks left for nominations for the OneChance Youth Awards 2018: - 12 Award Categories - $10,000 in cash and prizes - Nominate only at www.onechance.nz and nominations close 5pm Sunday 08 April - ... Energy Events Centre
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One of the newest purpose built hostels in town, YHA Rotorua has two self-contained group units each sleeping up to 26 people. These units have multi share style accommodation and private rooms for tour leaders/teachers. The hostel provides quality, secure and affordable accommodation for education, sports and tour groups.

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Hostel capacity

YHA Rotorua can cater for up to 180 people across 61 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 6 x 6 bed multi-share
  • 16 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 3 x 3 bed multi-share
  • 11 x twin and double rooms
  • 25 x twin and double rooms with ensuite facilities.

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 Sam is happy to help:
rotorua.groups@yha.co.nz   07 349 4088

Group units

YHA Rotorua has two self contained group units each sleeping 26 people. Both have multi-share style accommodation and private rooms for group leaders and supervisors.

Please note that due to the layout of rooms, groups of 26 or more will be accommodated across two different group units.

Exclusive use

Book our group units for exclusive use for up to 26 people. You will have your own fully-equipped kitchen, dining and lounge area, outdoor deck and BBQ, and secure key card access.




Room types

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 4 or 6 bed rooms. Shared single sex bathroom facilities are situated in each group unit.

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 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.


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Facilities & services

Hostel facilities

  • Fully equipped, self-catering kitchen and dining areas
  • Outdoor deck and BBQ
  • Free luggage storage
  • Wheelchair access
  • All bed linen included
  • Laundry facilities
  • Car and bus parking
  • 2GB Free WiFi daily across YHA managed hostels




Each group unit has its own self-contained kitchen and dining area in addition to the main hostel communal areas.

Continental breakfast can be served in your chosen kitchen upon request for $13.50 per person. It includes a choice of cereals, yogurt, fruit, toast and spreads (butter, jam, honey and peanut butter), tea, coffee and fruit juice.

A packed lunch or onsite lunch and dinner options are also available upon request. 


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.

Find out more about accommodation for groups across the YHA Network.  

Please note: YHA Rotorua is not a member of the Rotorua Education Network primarily based on REN's criteria to have a fully-functional commercial kitchen onsite. However we still provide fully catered options with the help of our external suppliers.


YHA Rotorua is just a two minute walk to the city centre and is handy to great activities for groups. Pak 'N' Save and Coutdown supermarkets are a 5 minute drive, 10 minutes on public transport or a 15 minute walk. 

Within walking distance you will find Kuirau Park, Tamaki Maori Village and Rotorua Museum. A short 10 minute drive will take you to Rotorua International Stadium, Skyline Rotorua, OGO Rotorua, Zorb Rotorua and Agrodome among other activities. 

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

From Airport

10 minute drive from from Rotorua Airport. The most convenient option for a group is to book a shuttle bus at $70 per van door to door. 

By Bus/Coach

3 minute walk from Intercity bus stop - head south on Fenton St towards Haupapa St. Turn right at Haupapa and YHA rotorua will be on the left. Super Shuttle drops off and picks up at the hostel.


Car and coach parking is subject to availability. We have car parking across the road from the hostel and street parking directly in front of reception. Coaches can also park in our car park across the road and there is a parking bay on Ranolf Street outside the groups unit that coaches can use when available.

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