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Independently owned and operated YHA Whitianga, On The Beach Backpackers


Hostel Details & Location

Host: Sue & Sally

Check in: 2:00 pm Check out: 10:00 am

Contact: +64 7 866 5380 Email this hostel

Reception: Summer: 7am - 7pm, Winter: 7am - 6pm

Location 46 Buffalo Beach Road,


Opposite Buffalo Beach


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We’re opposite Buffalo Beach, on the corner of Buffalo Beach Rd and Bruce St. Our hostel is bright and colourful so you won't miss us! Street parking is available. Major bus services drop off at the main gate to the hostel.

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Our clean, comfortable beach house has all the comforts you'll need to feel right at home, with stunning views over Buffalo Beach and Mercury Bay.

Guests love our fantastic BBQ area, free WiFi, kayaks, boogie boards, and spades for digging at Hot Water Beach. Hire a mountain bike from us to explore the area, take an easy ten minute stroll to the town centre, or ask us about the many beautiful walks to be enjoyed. Relax and take a break with us!

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Guests love:

  • Free WiFi
  • Kayaks available
  • Free movies

Shared facilities:

  • Free WiFi
  • Communal lounge
  • Communal dining area
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Food storage area
  • Recycling stations
  • Outdoor area
  • BBQ
  • Free onsite parking
  • 24 hour guest access

Entertainment and activities:

  • Games available
  • Book exchange
  • Communal TV
  • Free movies
  • Kayaks available


  • After-hours check in on request
  • Luggage storage options
  • Travel & activity bookings
  • Hair dryers
  • Towel hire
  • Bicycle storage
  • Bicycle hire

In-hostel payment options:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • New Zealand Dollars
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Some of our Whitianga highlights:

  • Dig your own natural spa at Hot Water Beach, using free spades from YHA Whitianga.
  • Cathedral Cove is one of the most unspoilt marine reserves in New Zealand, with clear water, excellent scuba diving and snorkeling and unique rock formations
  • Become a New Zealand ‘beach bum’ at many wonderful beaches surrounding Whitianga on the Coromandel Peninsula. Surf, swim, fish or relax!

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