YHA Springfield


The YHA Springfield hostel 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. Backpacker accommodation at YHA Springfield, Smylies Accommodation consists of twins, doubles and multi-share rooms, studio motel and a two bedroom family unit. YHA Springfield backpacker hostel has full recycling facilities to minimize our carbon footprint.

There is an extensive collection of English and Japanese books to be found on the bookshelves and in the TV lounge we have a good collection of videos and DVDs as well as broadband internet. Winter favourites at the YHA Springfield hostel include Japanese bath and kotatsu and skiers love the ski tune up room and drying room. YHA Springfield, Smylies Accommodation also has a popular Japanese restaurant on site.

If skiing at Porters ski field, travel in comfort in one of YHA Springfield’s certified 4wd vehicles. From Christchurch airport pick-ups to sightseeing around the South Island we can offer a solution to your travel needs. We can advise on where to go bouldering around Castle Hill and have climbing mats for rental and a mini climbing wall to practise on. Whatever your needs or interests, you can be sure that the YHA Springfield Smylies hostel offers quality backpacker accommodation at an affordable price.

Late check-ins

While reception is open between 8 am and 10pm, check-in at YHA Springfield is from 2pm – 10pm. Luggage storage is provided for guests arriving before 2pm.

For arrivals between 10pm and midnight, a surcharge may apply. Please contact the hostel directly if you will arrive after 10pm. A selfcontained superking unit is used for these late check-ins to insure hostel guests aren’t disrupted by guests arriving late.

If you are travelling by bus from Christchurch please take the West Coast Shuttle. They arrive in Springfield around 3.30pm, an ideal check-in time.


“Friendliest YHA in the world!” - Guest review for TripAdvisor.com 2012




By Car:

From Christchurch, when you see the Springfield sign start slowing down. 200m after the info sign you will see a big red sign with our name on it. From the West Coast, drive thru the township past the shops and hall and you will see the red sign on your right.

By Bus/Shuttle:

Shuttles stop at the hostel. West Coast Shuttle Ph 03)7680028, Atomic Shuttle Ph 03)3490697, Smylies Shuttle Ph 03)3184740

By Plane:

Christchurch International Airport is 65km or 40 min from us, the West Coast Shuttle can pick you up in the afternoon at 3.20pm (03)7680028, Smylies Shuttle anytime (booking advised @$50). If you leave by car, when you see the spitfire plane by the roundabout turn right, next traffic lights turn right and drive 60 km untill Springfield.

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Mastercard
  • Parking
  • pool room
  • TV Room
  • VISA
  • Skiiing: 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.
  • Cave Stream is long underground stream/cave which is exciting to walk through. But please keep an eye out for the weather and follow the instructions.
  • Rubicon Valley Horse treks are two and half hour horse treks through some spectacular scenery, from beginner to advance
  • With the family at the YHA Springfield hostel becoming more and more interested in mountain biking we are finding some fun tracks to which we can take or guide you to.
  • Jet boating on the braided Waimakariri River.


  • Canterbury Folk Music Festival - A Family Festival of Music (Apr 3rd - Apr 6th) In the beautiful Waipara valley - a weekend of concerts, workshops, jam sessions, and fun. Featuring Enda Kenny (Ireland) and Lindsay Martin (Australia), Graham Wardrop (NZ), Valdy (Canada), Joel Fafard (Canada), ...
  • The Lonesome Pine Specials with Archer (Aus) (Apr 3rd - Apr 5th) 'The Lonesome Pine Specials' are an old-time music revival. They bring songs steeped in the musical tradition of Southern Americana. They lift their voices with an unadorned purity reminiscent of The Carter Family, and ...
  • Sundown Retreat Motorcycle Rally (Apr 10th - Apr 12th) All motorcyclists invited. This is a family orientated rally. Kids and dogs are welcome. (Under control) Enclosed Bar area is 18+. Healthy food options will be available (bacon bacon and bacon) Mexican and Hot dog van. ...
  • Anzac 100 Years 100 Horses Ride (Apr 24th - Apr 25th) There will be 100 riders for the 100 year anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. 52 of these riders will be dressed in full military uniform representing the 52 soldiers from this area who didn't return home. Friday ...
  • The Jews Brothers (Apr 27th - Apr 27th) Jews Brothers Band rides again with one handed saxophonist, Neill Duncan It’s 20 years since the Jews Brothers Band was born – one of the zaniest and most original bands on the planet. JBB is celebrating with a ...
  • Science Roadshow (Oct 19th - Oct 19th) The Science Roadshow offers school children, their teachers and accompanying parents and wider public visitors an opportunity to explore various science and technology concepts by ‘touch and feel’. It provides a ...

A cosy hostel that caters for group size up to 30 in a mixture of dorms, triple and twins. Beyond 30 we have a 6 bed cottage and 2x studio motel units. We offer our winter groups our Japanese Ofuro (bath). We can cater all meals from our commercial kitchen at rates to suit the group budget.

Click here to read YHA New Zealand's full Groups Brochure.

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Smylies Springfield can cater for up to 30 people across 8 rooms for the hostel and 40 for hostel, studio units and cottage.

Room types available are:

  • 1x 6 bed multi share
  • 1 x 5 bed multi-share
  • 1 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 1 x triple multi share
  • 4 x twin and double rooms
  • 2 x twin and double rooms with ensuite facilities.
  • 1x cottage sleeps 6
The accommodation

Please note that due to the layout of Smylies YHA we have 30 beds available in the main building along with all facilities, our cottage is situated east and the studio units west at a distance of 25m each from the hostel . Our aim is to keep school groups together in the hostel part and give them the run of the house. Adult groups we tend to offer the mix of units and cottage for maximum benefits of private toilets and showers.

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 4 to 6 bed rooms. Shared bathroom facilities are situated in the hostel and private for the units. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1 each.

Private rooms

Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in single, 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.

Group Breakfast

Continental or Cooked breakfast can be served in our group dining room upon request for $10 to $17.50 per person. It includes a choice of cereals, yogurt, fruit, toast and spreads (butter, jam, honey and peanut butter), tea, coffee and fruit juice.

Free WiFi for Group Leaders

We know being a group leader is tough work at the best of times and you need to stay contactable as much as possible to keep things running smoothly. To help you stay connected YHA offers provides group leaders with free high speed Wi-Fi during their stay. 

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.

Contact our Group Coordinators

Contact YHA Smylies Springfield direct 03-3184740 or emailstay@smylies.co.nz  or our national groups coordinator 0800 278 299