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Independently owned and operated YHA Springfield, Smylies


Hostel Details & Location

Host: Colin and Keiko

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

Contact: +64 3 318 4740 Email this hostel

Reception: 8am - 9pm

Location 5649 West Coast Rd,


On the main street


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How to get here

Find us on West Coast Rd at the Tramway Rd intersection. Keep an eye out for our big red sign. There is free on-site parking available.


Shuttle: All shuttles drop off and pick up at the hostel door. Please chat with reception to find out which shuttle service will suit your destination plans.
Airport: Springfield is 65km from Christchurch Airport. A shuttle can take you from the airport to the hostel by prior arrangement.

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Perfect for schools and large groups! Find out more

YHA Springfield, Smylies is one of Springfield's oldest homes starting its history back in the 1870s as a guesthouse for the Bullock trains passing through. Set on just over one acre of grounds it offers plenty of space for rest and enjoyment and been extensively renovated with all modern backpacking facilities.

Our popular on-site Japanese restaurant is a hit with guests, as well as Japanese baths in the winter. We have an extensive English and Japanese library, plus DVDs available for the days you'd rather stay in.

Skiers love the ski tune up room and drying room, and we can arrange transfers to nearby fields. Our team can advise on where to go bouldering around Castle Hill, have climbing mats for rental and even a mini climbing wall to practice on!

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Guests love:

  • Climbing mat rental
  • Japanese baths (Winter)
  • Climbing wall

Shared facilities:

  • WiFi available
  • Communal lounge
  • Communal dining area
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Food storage area
  • Onsite food options
  • Recycling stations
  • Outdoor area
  • BBQ
  • Herb garden
  • Japanese baths (Winter)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Laundry facilities
  • Drying room
  • Free onsite parking
  • 24 hour guest access

Entertainment and activities:

  • Pool table
  • Guitar
  • Library
  • Communal TV
  • Free movies
  • Weights room
  • Climbing wall


  • Climbing mat rental
  • After-hours check in on request
  • Luggage storage options
  • Travel & activity bookings
  • Convenience items for sale
  • Breakfast items for sale
  • Hair dryers
  • Hot water bottles
  • Bicycles available
  • Bicycle storage

In-hostel payment options:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • New Zealand Dollars
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Some of our top picks near Springfield:

  • Skiing: many of the South Island’s best ski fields are close to Springfield including Mt Hutt and Porters
  • Catch the Tranz Alpine train from Springfield to Arthur’s Pass and back again for a brilliant day’s excursion for some glorious New Zealand alpine views
  • Castle Hill Reserve basin is famous for its limestone rock formations and bouldering / rock-climbing
  • There are some awesome walks and climbing spots in the area, ask our team for recommendations!

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