YHA Whanganui

Description

YHA Whanganui, Braemar House looks forward to welcoming you with the hospitality that Whanganui is famous for and to offer you a glimpse into the luxury accommodation of early New Zealand. Historic Braemar House, built in 1895, is adjacent to the banks of the Whanganui River and close to Victoria Avenue, one of New Zealand’s most attractive high streets. We are also a short walk to the Whanganui city centre and the many tourist attractions that this charming river city holds.

The Whanganui hostel accommodation includes separate double, twin, family and multi-share rooms. These are all linked to a huge multi-function kitchen and dining room featuring everything necessary to make a feast or a small private meal. Leading through from the Whanganui backpacker kitchen is a large comfortable lounge with television, music centre, games, cards and small library. Enjoy our free WiFi for staying in touch with friends and family back home. YHA Whanganui, Braemar House also has spacious sub tropical gardens.

Everything possible has been made to make your stay at the YHA Whanganui, Braemar House hostel a truly memorable experience. Go on the Mail Run tour of Whanganui River Valley (picks up from the hostel) or take a stroll to the high street to see the wealth of heritage that Whanganui offers. 

Your hosts Calvyn and Alice are very knowledgeable on local Whanganui activities and can book your accommodation throughout New Zealand.

"Very restful and quiet; it felt more like a B&B than a hostel; a good place to rest and relax when you have reached that point in your holiday when you are ready to re-charge." -Hihostels.com 2010

Parking:

There is plenty of well-lit street parking available right in front of Braemar House.

Bus/Shuttle: 

Bus depot is 1.5km away, a taxi ride of approx $7.00.

Plane:

The airport is 3km away, taxi fare of approx $15.00.

Train:

The train station is 37km away at Marton Junc (InterCity buses connect to Whanganui).

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  • 2GB Free WiFi Every Day
  • BBQ
  • Bedding Provided
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Communal Lounge
  • Cot Available On Request
  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Garden or Outdoor Area
  • Hair Dryers
  • Herb Garden
  • Hostelling International Bookings
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • Late Check-In On Request
  • Library
  • Luggage Storage
  • Recycling Stations
  • Secure Bedrooms
  • Street Parking
  • Towel Hire
  • TV Room
  • The ‘must do’ activity while in Whanganui is navigating up the Whanganui River. By rural mail tour, steam ship, jet boat or by canoe.
  • Stroll around the beautiful historical streets of Whanganui with the restored architectural facades of the shops, and beautiful parks and gardens. 
  • Visit the first-rate Sarjeant Gallery art gallery and Whanganui Regional Museum.
  • The Central Volcanic Region of the North Island is within driving distance from Whanganui. Here you can go skiing on Mt Ruapehu or traverse the famous Tongariro Crossing.
  • There are some great surfing breaks along the West Coast of the North Island near Whanganui city.
  • Experience 'hand-ons' flight in a light plane over Whanganui. Get a bird's-eye view of Mt Ruapehu's crater lake and smell the sulphur! We can arrange very reasonable rates from the Wanganui Aero Club through our hostel reception.
  •  Take a jet-boat to The Bridge to Nowhere up the Whanganui River
  • Experience Whanganui's 'yesteryear' on board a genuine paddlesteamer, the Waimarie (fully restored, after being dredged up from the Whanganui riverbed) or aboard Mr Hatrick's Motor Vessel Wairua.
  • Stay over at Braemar House and explore your artistic side by glassblowing/working with hot glass at NZ Glassworks (Feb 2017 onwards)

Events

  • (Oct 28th - Dec 23rd) Every Saturday morning over 100 stalls set up on the downtown riverbank in Whanganui, ready for a morning of conversations, coffee, the selling of their variety of wares and some great street food to enjoy. There are ... Whanganui
  • (Nov 18th - Nov 18th) “Venus Unplugged: featuring a galaxy of stars.” The very best of music with local stars Elise and Lizzie, Charlotte Melser, and Castlecliff Lights; Emma Gatsby & Company, and Chocolate Box from Wellington; and ... Royal Wanganui Opera House
  • (Nov 18th - Nov 18th) The Wanganui Community Choir joins with City Sounds New Plymouth for their end of year concert. Lynn Whiteside will conduct the Wanganui Community Choir and Sue Lupton will conduct City Sounds New Plymouth. Sue ... St Mary's Catholic Church
  • (Nov 19th - Nov 19th) Durie Hill School presents the iconic Great Tower Ball Race and Gala. A fun event involving racing 1500 golf balls from the top of Durie Hill Tower to the bottom with the winning balls winning amazing prizes. ... Whanganui
  • (Jun 19th - Dec 11th) Cuban & Columbian Style! Every Monday from 6-7pm with Rene. Classes starts Monday 5th June. The course will cover basic steps of salsa as well as lead and follow techniques. Have fun and enjoy the connection with ... St John Bowling Club
  • (Aug 21st - Dec 18th) Cuban & Columbian Style! Every Monday from 6-7pm with Rene. The course will cover basic steps of salsa as well as lead and follow techniques. Have fun and enjoy the connection with latin music and your dance partner. ... St John Bowling Club

YHA Whanganui, Braemar House hostel looks forward to welcoming your group with the hospitality that Whanganui is famous for. Stay in purpose built backpacker accommodation at the historic Braemar House, built in 1895, adjacent to the banks of the Whanganui River. You will be close to Victoria Avenue, one of New Zealand’s most attractive high streets and only a short walk to the Whanganui city centre. We are an ideal choice for small groups wanting affordable, comfortable, and peaceful accommodation.

Capacity and Room Types:

YHA Whanganui can accommodate 26 persons across 7 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 1x 6 bed female or multi-share
  • 1x 5 bed multishare ensuite
  • 1x 4 bed male or multi-share
  • 1x 3 bed multi-share (4 max)
  • 3 double rooms
  • 1x twin room

The accommodation:

Due to the layout we can mix and match all the above rooms.

Shared rooms:

Multi-share room share bathrooms. Linen is provided, (not towels) and all are centrally heated.

Private rooms:

Supervisors and coach leaders can be accommodated private rooms that include linen and towels. All have share shared facilities. The hostel offers central heating in winter.

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. 

Note: should additional accommodation be required for coaches and leaders, we do have a B&B in the house, offering doubles and singles. Prices need to be negotiated and will be above those of the hostel.

Free Booking Service

A free booking service is provided for all land-based domestic travel and activities in and around Whanganui.

Contact our Group Coordinators

Contact YHA Whanganui direct 06 348 2301 or email whanganui@yha.co.nz  or our national groups coordinator 0800 278 299