YHA Arthur's Pass


YHA Arthur’s Pass Mountain House is situated in the alpine village of Arthur's Pass, right on the Main Divide of the Southern Alps, just two hours from Christchurch and ninety minutes from Greymouth on the West Coast. YHA Arthur’s Pass backpacker accommodation consists of the main backpacker lodge set in the centre of town, a modern, heated suntrap with great views and visiting kea, but still with a small hostel feel.

Adjacent to our lodge are two fully self contained motel units. They are spacious modern and well appointed with televisions, queen sized beds and electric blankets. Finally, on the edge of the native bush on a quiet side street are our two early 1900's Railway Cottages. These are converted into comfortable modern accommodation, each with their own logburner and a bottomless supply of firewood. These cottages can accommodate up 8 people and can be to be booked solely for your private use. For more details and prices about the Cottages, email the hostel directly by clicking on the 'email this hostel' link.

YHA Arthur’s Pass youth hostel is your tramping headquarters in Arthur’s Pass village where many of the spectacular walking tracks, such as Avalanche peak and Mount Bealey are within walking distance of our front door. During your stay at the hostel we can direct you where you might see the cheeky kea, the resident Arthur’s Pass mountain parrot, and assist you if you are interested in listening for kiwi. YHA Arthur’s Pass staff are experienced kiwi listeners and can give good instructions about where to go to hear these special New Zealand birds.

As groceries are expensive and limited in Arthur's Pass Village, we advise you to purchase groceries before you arrive. You can do this in Hokitika or Greymouth on the West Coast or in Christchurch on the East Coast.

"I recently stayed two nights here and was very pleased with the cleanliness, neatness, and well-equipped facilities here. The setting and views are alpine and stunning. The hostel has a great lounge and wonderful clean and well-equipped dining kitchen area. I met some very interesting travellers staying here too, from around the world. This is certainly an outstanding hostel in virtually all aspects."
-TripAdvisor Reviewer, 2017

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017

By Car:

The Hostel is located on the Main Rd, State Highway 73 in the centre of town. It is located next door to the Arthur's Pass Store.

Please note: it's highly recommended to carry snow chains at all times in the winter months.

By Train:

Take the Transalpine train leaving either Christchurch or Greymouth. Arthur's Pass is the midway point along this line, approximately 2 hours from either. From the Train Station turn north (right) along the Main Road and walk for about 500m to reach the Hostel.

By Bus:

Buses pick up and drop off next door at the Arthur's Pass Store.

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  • 24 Hour Guest Access
  • BBQ
  • Bedding Provided
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Book Exchange
  • Communal Dining Area
  • Communal Lounge
  • EFTPOS, Visa & Mastercard
  • Food Storage
  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Garden or Outdoor Area
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hostelling International Bookings
  • Late Check-In On Request
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Paid WiFi Available
  • Recycling Stations
  • Secure Bedrooms
  • Street Parking
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Go hiking on one the many alpine walks accessible from Arthur’s Pass village – see waterfalls and spectacular mountain views shrouded in mist.
  • Take the Tranz Alpine train to Arthur’s Pass and experience one of the world’s best scenic railway journeys.
  • Spot the cheeky mountain parrot (Kea) here and listen out for the famous New Zealand kiwi.
  • In winter go skiing or snowboarding at any of the surrounding ski fields.


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YHA Arthur’s Pass - Mountain House is the main accommodation supplier in the Alpine town of Arthur’s Pass. 


Hostel capacity

YHA Arthur’s Pass - Mountain House is an ideal hostel for smaller groups and can accommodate 42 people through our various building options.

Our main lodge sleeps 24 with 2 double rooms, 2 twins, 2 x 4 bed shares and 1 x 8 bed share. Max capacity 24 persons.
Or hire our cottages for your group with a number of twin and double rooms in each. 

All buildings have communal kitchens, bathrooms and common areas. The Cottages have a fireplace each as well. The Motels are self contained.

If you have any questions Bob and Nic are happy to help:

 book@trampers.co.nz    03 318 9258 

Room types

Shared rooms

Shared rooms are generally bunk beds. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows).

Private rooms

Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in single, double or twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. These rooms include all bed linen and towels. We also have Motel units if you are in need of some extra peace and quiet (good for drivers)!


Free wifi is available to the group leaders/organisers to get done what you need to do! 

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Arthur’s Pass is a tiny town (30 people). As such food shopping is very limited, as is fuel. Do your shopping in the big city and fill up on fuel before coming up!

Arthur’s Pass being a mountain town can have exciting weather conditions!
Check the forecast and road conditions before coming up www.metservice.com,  http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/current-conditions/highway-info/


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