YHA Dunedin


Situated in the heart of Dunedin, YHA Dunedin On Top Backpackers is a minute’s walk to all of the city’s best bars, restaurants, cafes, and shopping. A new, modern and purpose-built backpackers, YHA Dunedin offers both dormitories and private rooms to suit every traveller’s needs. This backpacker hostel has excellent communal facilities including a lounge and dining room and a fully-equipped kitchen. YHA Dunedin offers free breakfast and limited free WiFi.

Relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the central city on the spacious sun deck or sample the local boutique brews while enjoying a game of pool in the downstairs cafe and bar.

You’ll find all the amenities a traveller could want and a comfortable place to rest after a long day of exploring Dunedin’s heritage buildings, coastlines, gardens and wildlife. Whatever your travel needs, YHA Dunedin aims to make your Dunedin and Otago Peninsula experiences memorable ones!


"The location can't be beat for this backpackers, just a minute's walk to the Octagon and an easy 10 minute walk to the train station. Cleanliness was impeccable and the kitchen and public space was welcoming, designed for the life of a traveller." - Hostel World Review

By Car

YHA Dunedin On Top Backpackers is located on Filleul Street which runs parallel with the main street north of the Octagon, George Street. Driving north through the Octagon take the first left onto Moray Place. YHA Dunedin is located on the first corner after that, directly opposite the Town Hall. Parking is available.

By Plane

Dunedin International Airport is located 25 minutes drive out of town and operates domestic flights throughout New Zealand daily as well as flights to Australia during the summer months. Car rentals are available at the airport. There is no public transport from the airport, however regular shuttle services to and from town are available.

By Shuttle

All shuttle services stop at our front door. They will pick up as well upon request.

From the Train Station

Most bus services drop off at the train station which is 5 minutes on foot from YHA Dunedin. Walk up Lower Stuart Street towards the Octagon. From the Octagon walk down George Street and take the first left onto Moray Place. YHA Dunedin is directly up the street on the first corner, Filleul Street.

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Book Hostelling International hostels here
  • Communal dining area
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Fully licensed bar
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry
  • Limited free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • Pool hall
  • TV
  • TV Room
  • VISA
  • Check out the world's steepest street, Baldwin Street, and take the daring climb to the top.
  • Take a delicious tour of the famous Cadbury chocolate factory.
  • Make the stunning journey out to Dunedin's breathtaking Peninsula and see native wildlife including Albatross, Yellow-Eyed Penguins, and Sea Lions!.
  • Take a stroll around the campus of New Zealand's oldest University, Otago University.
  • Bar hop your way through the Octagon's wide variety of restaurants, bars and night clubs.
  • Take a tasty tour of the historical Speight's brewery and sample some of the finest brews Speights has to offer!
  • Immerse yourself in New Zealand's growing craft beer culture and take a trip to the local Emerson's brewery!


  • Brian Brake: Lens on the World (Mar 8th - Jul 20th) Let the work of Brian Brake, one of New Zealand’s best known photographers, capture your imagination. Explore the world with 165 of Brake’s photographic prints, see the tools of his trade and discover the man behind ...
  • Gary Blackman - Paper Works - 1978 & 1980 (Mar 28th - Apr 24th) Gary Blackman may be better known as a photographer with a sixty year history, 'Paper Works' examines a small portion of the artists work on paper that has run concurrent, and for as long as, his photographic interests.
  • Laurence Aberhart: ANZAC (Apr 12th - Aug 31st) Late last year the acclaimed New Zealand artist Laurence Aberhart completed the final phase in a photographic series which he has been working on for over thirty years. This major exhibition of more than sixty prints ...
  • Juliet Carpenter, Sorawit Songsataya, Biljana Popovic (Apr 12th - May 1st) Taking the Gallery's Decorative Arts Collection as its departure point, this exhibition features new work by three emerging artists and explores how the decorative sits in relation to the contemporary. Curated by Henry ...
  • Reuben Paterson: In the Company of Animals (2014) (Apr 12th - May 7th) Reuben Paterson’s latest exhibition, In the Company of Animals, is a forest of illusions where the artist’s continuing exploration of personal & social histories are offered in physical & metaphorical layers, beneath ...
  • Merilyn Wiseman: Echo (2014) (Apr 12th - May 7th) Flattened volume, a noticeably figurative impulse, the active utilisation of suggestion and shadow, coupled with the interplay of soft overlays and formal attachments come to establish the unmistakeable character of each ...

YHA offers a range of accommodation to suit groups of all types. Find out how YHA can help your group with their accommodation, transport and activity needs.

Each hostel offers a range of accommodation options for your group. Please email our Customer Services team or phone freephone (within NZ) 0800 278 299.