YHA Springfield


YHA Springfield, Smylies Accommodation 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 9pm, check-in at YHA Springfield is from 2pm – 9pm. Luggage storage is provided for guests arriving before 2pm.

For arrivals between 9pm and midnight, a surcharge may apply. Please contact the hostel directly if you will arrive after 9pm. A self-contained superking unit is used for these late check-ins to ensure 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 through the township past the shops and hall and you will see the red sign on your right. There is plenty of parking available onsite.

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

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 until Springfield.

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Street Parking
  • TV Room
  • 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.


  • (Apr 29th - Apr 29th) Join award-winning singer-songwriter Mel Parsons and comedy duo Sons of a Bitch for a 'one night only' show in Amberley. Mel Parsons: Fresh from touring Canada and having just won the 2016 NZ Country Song of the ... Amberley Pavilion (the Tin Shed)
  • (May 6th - May 6th) The Hanmer 4 Square Half Marathon, 10km and 5km has been taking place in Hanmer Springs for over 20 years. The event is popular with family, friends and corporate groups. The Half Marathon and 10km begin at The Domain ... Hanmer Springs Sports Pavilion
  • (Jan 3rd - Jun 18th 2017) Only 50 min from central Christchurch, the Weka Pass Railway is a historic rural railway using both vintage steam and diesel-electric locomotives out of Waipara, North Canterbury. Take a train ride on one of the public ... Waipara Glenmark Station
  • (May 19th - May 20th) Off road-trail Ultra - 50km, 50 miles (80.5 km), 100km and 100 miles (161km). Set on a 10km loop track on the stunning forest tracks within the heritage area of Hanmer Forest. The course runs through many old crop ... Hanmer Springs Forest Camp
  • (May 27th - May 27th) Bivouac Outdoor Mt Isobel Challenge has been running for over 20 years. The duathlon takes place in the picturesque village of Hanmer Springs 130km NW of Christchurch. The course involves 8km, 1000m ascent mountain ... Hanmer Springs Domain
  • (Jun 24th - Jun 24th) Cultivating Calm is a transformational 1-day event that will help you reduce stress and learn to live the life you want. Always busy? Feeling stressed? Anxious or overwhelmed? Seeking more peace, happiness, and ... Heritage Hanmer Springs

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.

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