YHA Wellington


"Wellington's best hostel" - Lonely Planet, 2017.

Ultra clean, modern, bright, fun and friendly. YHA Wellington is 5-star and Enviro-Gold Qualmark rated backpacker accommodation. One of the most centrally located hostels in Wellington and ideal for everything that Wellington has to offer. There is an espresso bar on site, selling barista made coffee and a selection of cabinet food. The hostel is in easy walking distance to the bars, shops and theatres on Courtenay Place and close to Te Papa museum, Weta Cave Workshop, the waterfront and Embassy Theatre.

All 4 share ensuite rooms have lockers and if you prefer your own space we have twin, double and queen private rooms.

 "This is everything an urban hostel should be" National Geographic Traveller.

Special features at YHA Wellington that backpackers love:

We asked our guests what they liked most about our hostel in Wellington and here it is!

  • Espresso bar open from 6.45 am
  • $6 Daily breakfast deal: freshly baked bagels with cream cheese and home-made jam plus a smooth Celsius coffee
  • Supermarket over the road from the hostel (open til midnight)
  • Two superbly equipped kitchen and dining areas
  • Comfortable lounges
  • TV lounge with projector and free movie hire
  • Lockers in every multi-share room
  • Free comprehensive travel booking service
  • Solar hot water and clean energy production as part of our sustainability initiatives
  • A sustainable living centre for over 15 years
  • Covered car loading and unloading bay for guests
  • A range of close proximity parking options depending on your budget


  • 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 TripAdvisor Excellence Award winner
  • 2013 Hostelworld.com Hostel Awards: Best Hostels in Oceania, Best Extra Large Hostels Worldwide, Best Hostels in New Zealand
  • 2010 NZ Tourism Award Winner
  • 2009 Virgin / Guardian UK International Responsible Tourism Awards Winner
  • 2007 and 2008 Hostelworld: Best Hostel in Oceania
  • 2006, 2007 and 2008 Winner of the Sustainable Business Network Trailblazer Award



By Bus:

Intercity buses stop at the Railway Station – from here take Bus No 1 or 2 for $2 and get off at the last stop on Courtenay Place. Turn left onto Cambridge Tce. Hostel is 50m on left. Taxi is $10 - $12

From the airport:

7km Airport shuttles cost $20 to the door. Airbus 91 is $8.50 to Courtenay Place. Taxi is $25.

From the train station:

Railway station 1.5km. Take Bus No 1 or 2 for $2 and get off at the last stop on Courtenay Place. Turn left onto Cambridge Tce. Hostel is 50m on left. Taxi is $10 - $12.

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  • Bicycle Storage
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Free pool table
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • TV Room
YHA Wellington’s Activities Coordinator plans a whole slew of cool activities just for you! Every week our events are designed to ensure that you have the best experience possible in Wellington.  Ask at reception for a list of suggested itineraries and tours available or hop onto one of these: 
Monday Join a guided hike up to Mt. Victoria for 360-degree views of Wellington and the surrounding mountains.  Or join quiz night at a local pub and compete for great prizes. 
Tuesday Join a walking tour around the CBD.  Tuesday nights are movie nights in the hostel.  
Wednesday Get out and explore the harbour by kayak or climb the largest indoor real rock climbing wall.
Thursday Socialise and experience Wellington nightlife on our popular bar crawl on Courtenay Place and Cuba Street.
Saturday Join a walking tour around the CBD.

YHA Wellington’s Activities Coordinator plans a whole slew of cool activities just for you! 

To get ideas on exploring Wellington, ask reception for a list of suggested itineraries and tours. For time spent within our walls during the winter months, check out one of these:

Join us for a movie night in the hostel, popcorn included. Free!

Meet and mingle with other guests while playing fun games among each other in our games room. Check out games for free at reception. 

Join us for a movie night in the hostel, popcorn included. Free!

Meet and mingle with other guests while playing fun games among each other in our games room. Check out games for free at reception. 

Finish your Friday with a movie night in the hostel - still including free popcorn!

But wait, there's more! While in Wellington, why not:

  • Visit Te Papa national museum to learn about Maori and New Zealand arts, culture, and history.
  • Take a Lord of the Rings tour – visit Weta Workshop Cave or one of the many filming locations in and around Wellington.
  • Discover some of New Zealand's rarest wildlife at ZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary Experience, Wellington's award-winning conservation safe haven.
  • Experience Wellington's coffee culture at any of the excellent inner city cafes.
  • Take a ride on the cable car for amazing views over Wellington Harbour.
  • Check out the Beehive, New Zealand's government centre.
  • Stroll or cycle around the scenic Wellington Waterfront.
  • Walk to the top of Mount Victoria for a panoramic view of the city and harbour.
  • Cruise down Cuba Street or check out Courtenay place for shops, cafes, and nightlife.


  • (Sep 9th - Sep 9th) Every day at 5pm, a Last Post ceremony is conducted on the forecourt of the National War Memorial in Wellington. The service, which lasts approximately 7 minutes, includes the lowering of the two New Zealand flags at the ... Pukeahu National War Memorial Park
  • (Mar 1st - Nov 30th) From rugby to European football, the Olympic Games, American sports and more, CQ is getting geared up for an amazing year full of emotions and entertainment! - Live sports* available on the big screen at CQ Bar - ... CQ Bar and Restaurant
  • (Oct 13th - Oct 26th) Show Me Shorts is New Zealand’s leading international short film festival. We work to connect New Zealanders with the best short films from here and around the world; celebrate excellence in short film making and ... Embassy Theatre
  • (Sep 9th - Nov 13th) Victory Medal, a commemorative sculpture by artist Helen Pollock, has been touring New Zealand for the past two years. The Wellington Botanic Garden will host the final installation of the artwork from 9 September - 13 ... Wellington Botanic Garden
  • (Sep 19th - Dec 11th) Come kick back in the NZ Pop-Up Sauna on the Wellington waterfront. We have converted a shipping container into the perfect place to spend time with friends, relax after a long day, or warm up after a wintery plunge ... NZ Pop-Up Sauna
  • (Jan 17th - Dec 18th) We are very proud to announce Basement bar ’s Sunday Beerpong Tournament. Get your balls ready! Cheaper jugs when you enter the competition. There will be open tables from 6pm for players looking to warm up ... Basement Bar
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YHA Wellington is the capital’s accommodation leader for education and tour groups, with scores of repeat visits annually, providing quality, secure and affordable accommodation. YHA Wellington accommodates all types of groups from schools and colleges, to sporting and cultural groups.

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Hostel capacity

YHA Wellington can cater for up to 300 people across 104 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 1 x 8 bed multi-share
  • 11 x 6 bed multi-share
  • 2 x 6 bed multi-share ensuite
  • 1 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 21 x 4 bed multi-share ensuite
  • 5 x triple
  • 44 x twin and double rooms
  • 7 x single
  • 12 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. 

Please note that due to the layout of rooms, groups of 40 or more may be located on different levels.

Room types

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 4 or 6 bed rooms. Shared single sex bathroom facilities are on each floor. However most share rooms have ensuite facilities.

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.



Find out more!

Contact YHA Wellington's Groups Coordinator. Iara is happy to help: capitalg@yha.co.nz   04 801 7280

Facilities & services

Hostel facilities

  • Fully equipped, self-catering group kitchen and dining area
  • Free luggage storage
  • Wheelchair access
  • Free Wifi for group leaders
  • TV room
  • All bed linen included
  • Laundry facilities
  • Games room



Continental breakfast can be served in our group kitchen upon request for $10 per person. It includes a choice of three 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.  





YHA Wellington is the closest hostel to Te Papa, and within easy walking distance of Capital E, Civic Square, Parliament, National War Exhibition and transport to Zealandia and Wellington Zoo. A large Supermarket (New World) is directly across the road.

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

From Airport

Wellington Airport is 7km from the hostel. The most convenient option for Groups is to book a shuttle bus for $70 per van door-to-door. Alternatively the Airport Flyer bus (no. 91) is $9 per person to Courtenay Place and a taxi is approximately $30.

By Train

The railway station is 1.5km from YHA Wellington. It is a 20-25 minute walk, or you can take bus no. 1 or 2 and get off at the last stop on Courtney Place. Turn left onto Cambridge Terrace, the hostel is 50m on the left. A taxi would cost approximately $10-$15. Alternatively talk to your Groups Coordinator about arranging a shuttle. 

By Ferry

The Interislander ferry terminal is 3km from YHA Wellington. There is a shuttle to the railway station which costs $2.00 then follow the instructions as above. For larger groups we recommend booking a shuttle bus at $45 per van door to door, your groups Coordinator can arrange this for you. A taxi is approximately $15-$20. The Bluebridge ferry terminal is located opposite the railway station.  

Car Parking

When you arrive at YHA Wellington please feel free to use our loading bay (Between the lines) while you check in and we can advise you where to park. Unfortunately we do not have our own off-street car park. There is on-street car parking available an approximate ten minute walk from the hostel for about $7.50 per vehicle per day (Mon-Fri 10am -4pm) and free overnight and at the weekends. 

There is secure overnight parking (5pm -8am) at Te Papa, you can purchase a ticket at YHA Wellington reception for $6. 

Coach Parking

There are a number of parking options for buses bringing groups to YHA Wellington. The following areas have been allocated by Wellington City Council for bus parking. Parking is unrestricted and free of charge. For more information talk to your Groups Coordinator or call the council on +64 4 499 4444.

  • Wakefield St, opposite the Amora Hotel, capacity for 4 buses
  • West side of Kent Terrace, before Elizabeth St, capacity for 2 buses
  • Bunny St, between Thorndon & Lambton Quays, capacity for 4 buses


Contact us!

Would you like a quote for your stay? Complete our booking enquiry form: Enquire now

Have questions? YHA Wellington's Groups Coordinator, Iara, is happy to help: capitalg@yha.co.nz   04 801 7280

Travelling elsewhere in New Zealand? Get in touch our National Groups Coordinators, Rod and Saskia: book@yha.co.nz    0800 278 299