YHA Rotorua


Welcome to YHA Rotorua, a purpose built backpacker hostel in the central city for your complete Rotorua experience. Rotorua’s finest lodge, YHA Rotorua offers 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 choice of indoor or outdoor dining with a spacious modern kitchen as well as a large outdoor deck and BBQ. Communal backpacker facilities include a comfortable separate lounge and TV room with lots of DVDs to watch and a coin operated laundry.

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.

As Rotorua is the ultimate tourist destination, offering a huge range of sightseeing attractions and activities to suit every taste and budget, we want to make sure your stay in Rotorua is enjoyable and memorable. At YHA Rotorua activities and travel desk we can organise a range of Rotorua activities including geo-thermal tours, Maori cultural evenings, relaxing hot mineral spas and awesome outdoor adventures.

Stay at YHA Rotorua and let us make your stay in Rotorua an awesome and memorable experience.




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.


10 minute drive from Rotorua airport.
Super Shuttle from $17 per person drops off at YHA Rotorua Treks.
City Ride picks up every 30 min’s from $2-20 per person drops off at Cnr Pukuatua & Ranolf Street.


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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • TV Room
  • VISA
  • Kuirau park - get a small taste in Rotorua's steam and mud pools in a free geothermal park and gardens just across the road
  • Sulphur point - a 20 minute walk from the lakefront is a geothermal lake edge bird sanctuary. Take your camera!
  • Rotorua Lakes - known as the lake region, our 20 lakes boast amazing walks and great trout fishing
  • Hot pools - fancy a hot dip? Kerosene creek and the 'secret spot' are two of many geothermal springs within a 20 minute drive
  • Redwood forest - famous for its mountain biking, the redwoods provide various beautiful long and short walks
  • Cultural evenings, geothermal parks, hot springs, skydiving and more!

Crankworx Rotorua (Mar 25th - Mar 29th) "Mountian Biking's defining celebration" is 5 days of mountain biking competition, concerts and culture. Watch the worlds best compete alongside rising stars, industry innovators and the next generation of riders!


  • (Apr 12th - Dec 24th 2015) This major exhibition, proudly presented by the Whangarei Museum at Kiwi North, commemorates the centennial of World War 1 through the memories and stories of Northlanders. Audio and visual displays of actual war ... Kiwi North Museum, Kiwi House & Heritage Park
  • (Oct 2nd - Oct 4th) A brief bus journey from Russell over to Oneroa to begin your walk over the Edwards Estate. A rare opportunity to enjoy mature coastal forest of kohekohe, pohutukawa and nikau. A hard climb to spectacular views, a ... The Duke Tavern
  • (Oct 3rd - Oct 4th) Walk from Russell across the mangrove boardwalk and a brief breath taking climb out to Omata Estate. Met at the gate by vitculturist Bruce Soland for some vineyard chatter as you tour the rows of next years harvest. An ... The Duke Tavern
  • (Oct 3rd - Oct 4th) By commercial launch to Otehei bay, where you will disembark on this historical archaeological walk over the largest island in the Bay. From sheltered bays, ancient pa, a wildlife hide and created wetland, climb through ... The Duke Tavern
  • (Oct 3rd - Oct 4th) Aboard the R TuckerThompson, experience olde tall ship sailing, landing barefoot on isolated beaches. Hear and see the benefit of Project Island Song. with North Island Robin the most recent release, the chorus of ... The Duke Tavern
  • (Oct 3rd - Oct 4th) An early morning extreme water taxi ride through the montage of islands to the edge of the bay and Cape Brett peninsula. Scramble ashore at the old landing , step by step up to the last light keepers house. Hear the ... The Duke Tavern

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. Please contact us to discuss your requirements before making a booking.

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

Capacity and Room Types

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.

The accommodation

Please note that due to the layout of rooms, groups of 26 or more will be accommodated across two different group units. All bedrooms require swipe keys for access and a duplicate set can be provided for leaders to access all rooms allocated to your group.

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

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.

Group Breakfast

Continental breakfast can be served in our group kitchen upon request for $12.10 per person. It includes a choice of cereals, yogurt, fruit, toast and spreads (butter, jam, honey and peanut butter), tea, coffee and fruit juice.

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 Rotorua direct 07 349 4088 or email rotorua.groups@yha.co.nz  or our national groups coordinator 0800 278 299

Download YHA Rotorua Group Information