YHA Aoraki Mt Cook


We're excited to announce YHA Aoraki Mt Cook is our latest hostel to join the renewable energy ranks! The newest feature of the hostel is a series of brand new solar panels; check out the splash monitoring feed in the hostel for a live feed on how much solar energy we're generating.

Come and relax in the welcoming YHA Aoraki Mt Cook after a busy day enjoying the majestic beauty of the region. YHA Aoraki Mt Cook is a cosy, log-cabin style building with recently refurbished kitchen and bathrooms. Our lounge often has a log fire burning which makes it a warm and inviting place to relax at the end of a long day exploring.

Take advantage of 2GB of free WiFi per day, guitars available in the lounge, our book exchange, TV lounge, board games, and of course our free sauna. In summer our BBQ and picnic areas are popular; in winter you'll enjoy viewing fresh snowfall from your bedroom whilst appreciating the central heating!

Because of YHA Aoraki Mt Cook's stunning location, our hostel guests tend to rise early and get out and about to enjoy the scenery. Check with reception for information on local weather and the best walks in the area; our friendly and knowledgeable staff can book tours and activities for you. A small selection of food items and necessities are available at our in-house convenience store (there is no supermarket in the village!); you can also purchase breakfast.

Relax at YHA Aoraki Mt Cook and we think you'll feel right at home.

Please note our accommodation rates include $1 per night community levy to assist with Aoraki Mount Cook village development. Our hostel staff work with the Department of Conservation (DOC) to help them preserve the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park for future generations. We hope you'll enjoy the area as much as we do!

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"YHA Mt Cook: Excellent 74-bed hostel in a wooden building with modern, well-kept facilities. Free videos are shown in the evenings, there are free evening saunas and a well-stocked shop. It's nearly always full so book well in advance." - The Rough Guide to New Zealand


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By Car

Leave Highway 8 near Lake Pukaki and follow highway 80 towards the mountains. At Mt Cook Village turn left, you will see YHA Mt Cook on your left.

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

By Bus/Shuttle

Buses and shuttles drop off and pick up from the front door of the hostel.

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  • 24 Hour Guest Access
  • 2GB Free WiFi Every Day
  • American Express
  • BBQ
  • Bedding Provided
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Available to Purchase
  • Communal Dining Area
  • Communal Lounge
  • Convenience Store
  • Cot Available On Request
  • Drying Room
  • EFTPOS, Visa & Mastercard
  • Food Storage
  • Free Movies
  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Garden or Outdoor Area
  • Guitar
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hostelling International Bookings
  • Late Check-In On Request
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Recycling Stations
  • Sauna
  • Secure Bedrooms
  • Towel Hire
  • Travel & Activity Bookings
  • TV Room
  • Union Pay
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Aoraki Mt Cook National Park is located in the centre of the South Island, just off the main road between Christchurch and Queenstown. It's a must-do because of its scenic beauty, variety of walks, glaciers and glacial lakes, and of course, New Zealand's tallest mountain, Aoraki. It is beautiful in all seasons but please note snow chains are a must if you are driving during winter.

  • Nature walks for all abilities, some of the most beautiful in New Zealand and the world. Try the Hooker Valley Walk for an easy stroll to the bottom of a glacial lake and a premium view of Aoraki, or Sealy Tarns for a vertical ascent with a stunning view.
  • Get scenic: take a boat ride to visit the Tasman Glacier, or a scenic flight over the Southern Alps and the West Coast with a glacier landing.
  • Glacier kayaking – a totally unique adventure.
  • Heli-skiing is an iconic winter activity, or try heli-biking in summer!
  • Ski or snowshoe the Tasman Glacier
  • Visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre for entertaining family-friendly fun with its Planetarium, 3D movie and museum. 
  • YHA Aoraki Mt Cook is part of the Alps to Ocean Cycle Trail.
    Alps To Ocean Cycle Trail


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YHA Aoraki Mt Cook Twin private room for Group leaders YHA Aoraki Mt Cook communal areas fro groups YHA Mt Cook 4-8 bed dorm rooms for groups

YHA Mt Cook is a Qualmark 4 star plus rated hostel in the heart of the Southern Alps.  We provide quality, secure, affordable accommodation.

We are especially lucky to be based in an area of fascinating geological and natural habitats and work in partnership with the LEOTC scheme to facilitate easy access to the National Park and surrounds.

YHA Mt Cook is committed to sustainable development in Mt Cook and there are recycling points located throughout the hostel. We ask our guests to be mindful of this and help YHA Mt Cook in our work to help preserve the environment.

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Hostel capacity

YHA Aoraki Mt Cook can cater for up to 75 people across 16 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 5 x 8 bed multi-share
  • 1 x 7 bed multi-share
  • 2 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 8 x twin and double rooms

Additionally, alongside our partners in Mt Cook Village, we can accommodate 150+ students and faculty. 

Safety and security is a top priority at YHA. You can download our Group Health & Safety information for your planning or school board approvals. 

 Contact YHA Aoraki Mt Cook's Groups Coordinators:
mtcook@yha.co.nz  03 435 1820

Room types

Shared rooms

The hostel has shared single sex bathroom facilities conveniently located near the bedrooms.  All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1.

Private rooms

Group leaders and supervisors can be accommodated in double or twin rooms with private or shared bathroom facilities. These rooms include all bed linen and towels. 

Please note that we have a limited number of private rooms with ensuite facilities and they are subject to availability.



Facilities & services

Hostel facilities

  • Large, fully equipped, self-catering kitchen and dining area
  • Communal areas suitable for group gatherings
  • Free luggage storage
  • Onsite grocery shop
  • Key entry for all rooms
  • Laundry facilities
  • All bed linen included
  • Off street parking for cars and buses
  • 2GB free WiFi daily across YHA managed hostels


Continental breakfast can be provided upon request for $10 per person. It includes a choice of cereals, toast and spreads, tea, coffee or hot chocolate.  




FREE booking service

A free booking service is provided for all land-based domestic travel and activities including: Interislander and Bluebridge ferries, Tranzalpine, Tranzscenic and Overland trains, Intercity coach travel and local shuttle services.

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YHA Aoraki Mt Cook is surrounded by the spectacular Aoraki Mt Cook National Park a great base for alpine exploring. Walk the Hooker Valley track, kayak a glacier terminal lake, soak up the history at Sir Edmund HIllary Apline Centre and take the time to go star gazing. 

We can help to arrange your activity bookings or transport to local activities. Just let us know, we are happy to help!

By Car

Leave Highway 8 near lake Pukaki and follow Highway 80 toward the mountains. At Mt Cook Village turn left, you will see YHA Aoraki Mt Cook on your left.
Please note: During the winter months, it's highly recommended to carry snow chains at all times.

By Bus/Shuttle

All buses and shuttles drop off and pick up from the front door of the hostel. 

Car Parking

There is plenty of parking at the hostel for cars, vans and buses. 


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