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Independently owned and operated

YHA Hanmer Springs, Kakapo Lodge


Hostel Details & Location

Host: James Bae & Carrie Chen

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

Contact: +64 3 315 7472 Email this hostel

Reception: 8:30 am - 8:30 pm

Location: 14 Amuri Avenue,

Hanmer Springs

Near hot springs


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How to get here

We’re located on Amuri Ave just before the main township – look for the ‘Kakapo Lodge’ sign. Free on-site parking is available. It is highly advised that you carry snow chains with you at all times during winter.


Bus/Shuttle: Hanmer Connection drops off at the hostel if requested in advance. Southern Link East/West, Naked Bus, and InterCity drop off at the SH7/7a Junction, 10km from hostel. We offer pickups from this point for $10 per person, please call or email in advance to book.

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Perfect for schools and large groups! Find out more

This two-story purpose-built backpacker hostel features modern rooms, an open lounge with warm fireplace, and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Enjoy our spacious, well-appointed backpacker accommodation, movie hire, 1GB free WiFi daily, large kitchen, outdoor courtyard with views of the Southern Alps, and friendly hostel dog.

Just three minutes' walk from the town's main attraction, Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa, and a pleasant stroll to numerous restaurants and stores, this hostel is great base to enjoy your relaxing Hanmer getaway.

All ensuite accommodation has free towels as well as free soap and shampoo.

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Guests love:

  • Free onsite parking
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Outdoor area

Shared facilities:

  • WiFi available
  • Communal lounge
  • Communal dining area
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Food storage area
  • Outdoor area
  • BBQ
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free onsite parking
  • 24 hour guest access

Entertainment and activities:

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


  • After-hours check in on request
  • Luggage storage options
  • Travel & activity bookings
  • HI bookings
  • Convenience items for sale
  • Hair dryers
  • Hot water bottles
  • Bicycle storage

In-hostel payment options:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • New Zealand Dollars
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Some of our Hanmer Springs highlights:

  • Soak away your aches and pains at the award winning Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa
  • Hanmer Springs has some top alpine scenery perfect for forest walks and excellent mountain biking
  • Try adrenaline-filled activities like jet boating, river rafting, quad-biking and off-road go-karting

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