YHA Wellington


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

Ultra clean, modern, bright, fun and friendly. YHA Wellington is 5-Star 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)
  • 2GB free WiFi per device per day
  • 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, & 2017 TripAdvisor Excellence Award winner

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017Qualmark 5 Star Gold Award


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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 Terrace. The Hostel is 50m along on the left. Alternatively, grabbing a taxi costs approximately $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.


Because of our central city location, parking can be complicated! We do not have onsite parking but there are a range of options nearby depending on your budget. We recommend using our drop off facility to come in and chat to reception staff when you arrive; we have a map available to explain what and where your options are.


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  • 24 Hour Guest Access
  • 2GB Free WiFi Every Day
  • American Express
  • Bedding Provided
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Available to Purchase
  • Communal Dining Area
  • Communal Lounge
  • Cot Available On Request
  • EFTPOS, Visa & Mastercard
  • Food Storage
  • Free Movies
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Games Available
  • Guitar
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hostelling International Bookings
  • Hot Water Bottles Available
  • Late Check-In On Request
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Onsite Cafe
  • Recycling Stations
  • Secure Bedrooms
  • Towel Hire
  • Travel & Activity Bookings
  • TV Room
  • Union Pay
  • Wheelchair Accessible
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.
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
  • (Jan 16th - Nov 11th 2018) In July 1917 conscientious objector Archibald Baxter was marched from his Wellington prison cell. He was forced up the gangplank of the troopship 'Waitemata' and taken to the Western Front in France. There he was tied to ... Wellington Museum
  • (Apr 24th - Apr 24th) Euroasia is New Zealand's premier private provider of services in the area of foreign languages and cultures. Visit our website for other levels and languages that we provide service for! A first taste of the Chinese ... Euroasia
  • (Apr 24th - Apr 24th) Euroasia is New Zealand's premier private provider of services in the area of foreign languages and cultures. Visit our website for other levels and languages that we provide service for! A first taste of the Spanish ... Euroasia
  • (Apr 26th - Apr 26th) Euroasia is New Zealand's premier private provider of services in the area of foreign languages and cultures. Visit our website for other levels and languages that we provide service for! A first taste of the Japanese ... Euroasia
  • (May 26th - May 26th) Lighting up Wellington’s legendary Fringe Bar, The Menagerie brings you another cozy and quirky night celebrating unusual talent. The Menagerie has solidified its reputation as the place in Wellington to experience ... The Fringe 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
  • 3 x 6 bed multi-share ensuite
  • 21 x 4 bed multi-share ensuite
  • 1 x triple
  • 41 x twin and double rooms
  • 8 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.

Safety and security is a top priority at YHA. You can download our Group Health & Safety information for your planning or school board approvals. 

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.


 If you have any questions Lisa and Jynelle are happy to help: capitalg@yha.co.nz   04 801 7280


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Facilities & services

Hostel facilities

  • Fully equipped, self-catering group kitchen and dining area
  • Free luggage storage
  • Wheelchair access
  • 2GB Free WiFi daily across YHA managed hostels
  • 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.

For lunch and dinner options, talk to Jynelle for her local recommendations. 



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.

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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 $7.50. 

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

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