YHA Te Aroha

Description

Please note: as of 30 April 2014 this hostel will close.

YHA Te Aroha is one of the original YHA New Zealand hostels, a cosy century-old cottage in the spa town of Te Aroha in the Thames Valley, just two hours drive from Auckland. The Te Aroha backpacker hostel is located at the top of Te Aroha town with great views, fabulous sunsets and a lovely garden filled with native kanuka trees, frequently visited by New Zealand birds - tuis, wood pigeons and warblers. The Te Aroha hostel is ideal backpacker accommodation for unwinding or escaping the crowded cities with its cosy rooms, garden hammocks and rural bush setting.


We have free bikes for exploring Te Aroha’s town and the wetlands area and also immediate access to a large number of stunning bush walks. Herbs and spices are provided in the kitchen for creative cooking and games, books, CDs and a guitar are free to use in the lounge areas of the hostel. Helen and Dannie warmly welcome you to their truly unique hostel in the charming rural town of Te Aroha.

 

 

 

 

Quote

"(YHA Te Aroha) is one of the oldest and simplest hostels in New Zealand, about ten minutes' walk from the visitor centre … on the lower slopes of Mount Te Aroha, with some lovely views and free bike use." -The Rough Guide to New Zealand 2006

"(YHA Te Aroha) is an unusual but long-running hostel… a cosy, TV-free, three-bedroom cottage with a homely atmosphere and welcoming management.” -Lonely Planet New Zealand 2006

Car

From the Clock Tower go 3 blocks along the main street in the Paeroa direction. Turn right into Brick St, go up the hill to Miro St, turn right again and the hostel is at the end of the road.

Bus/Shuttle

From the bus stop walk 2 blocks along the main street in the Paeroa direction to Burgess St. Walk uphill to the pathway at the top which leads to the hostel. Pick-up by arrangement.

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  • Bicycle Storage
  • Cash Only
  • Library Exchange
  • Parking
Te Aroha Mountain Bike track is approximately 10km long, taking you into the thick of the bush but never really heading too far out of town
Howarth Memorial Wetlands Walk is 45min loop walk and is relatively flat. You can do it on a bike but please look out for walkers
Wairere Falls /Goodwin Rd –is 25km south of Te Aroha. From the car park the track follows the Wairere stream over bridges and huge boulders before reaching the Falls View lookout. 1.5hrs return to carpark. You can then walk uphill another 45 minutes to the top of the falls which is truly majestic. 3-4 hours return to car park.  
The Waiorongomai Valley is a historic gold mining area 3km south of Te Aroha with lots to see. The Low Level Loop track takes about 2 hours  
Relax in a hot pool at Te Aroha Mineral Spas or Te Aroha Leisure Pools
Great places to potter around include the Te Aroha Museum, local artist Adrian Worsley’s gallery with the most organized man cave you will ever hope to see and Second Thoughts Collectables in the old McCord Cottage with retro and vintage goodies and a very good collection vinyl.
  • Te Aroha Mountain Bike track is approximately 10km long, taking you into the thick of the bush but never really heading too far out of town
  • Howarth Memorial Wetlands Walk is 45min loop walk and is relatively flat. You can do it on a bike but please look out for walkers
  • Wairere Falls /Goodwin Rd is 25km south of Te Aroha. From the car park the track follows the Wairere stream over bridges and huge boulders before reaching the Falls View lookout. 1.5hrs return to carpark. You can then walk uphill another 45 minutes to the top of the falls which is truly majestic. 3-4 hours return to car park
  • The Waiorongomai Valley is a historic gold mining area 3km south of Te Aroha with lots to see. The Low Level Loop track takes about 2 hours  
  • Relax in a hot pool at Te Aroha Mineral Spas or Te Aroha Leisure Pools
  • Great places to potter include the Te Aroha Museum, local artist Adrian Worsley’s gallery with the most organized man cave you will ever hope to see and Second Thoughts Collectables in the old McCord Cottage with retro and vintage goodies and a very good collection of viny.

Events

  • Jambalaya - Art & Jazz Fusion (Apr 19th - May 18th) The Incubator is cooking up a melting pot of Art, Jazz and Mardigras. Jambalaya! Feast your eyes and ears! Featuring an assemblage of artworks from 14 popular New Zealand artists from Otago to Northland. This ...
  • National Jazz Festival: Downtown Carnival (Apr 19th - Apr 20th) Once more the Downtown Carnival explodes with music that will keep you dancing all weekend to the sounds of some of the best jazz, funk, swing and blues bands in the country. With stages set up all along The Strand and ...
  • National Jazz Festival: Midge Marsden (Apr 19th - Apr 19th) New Zealand’s pre-eminent rhythm and blues artist and one of our greatest story-tellers, Midge Marsden is a legend on our shores. With a professional career spanning more than four decades, Midge has toured ...
  • National Jazz Festival: Jezebel of Jazz (Apr 19th - Apr 19th) Jezebel of Jazz: Songs and Stories of Anita O'Day Anita O’Day burst onto the jazz scene at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958, immortalized in the movie 'Jazz on a Summer’s Day'. A true artist she has become known ...
  • National Jazz Festival: Youth Jazz Competition (Apr 18th - Apr 19th) The hottest young jazz talent in the country hits the stage for the 37th annual competition. Hundreds of outstanding young musicians from across New Zealand will converge on Tauranga this Easter for the National ...
  • Car Boot Sale (Mar 15th - Dec 20th) Meander on down to Greerton Village every third Saturday of the month and peruse the wares of our Car Boot Sale. All manner of items are welcome. Cars $5 with all proceeds donated to the Community ...