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.

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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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  • American Express
  • BBQ
  • Bedding Provided
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Bicycles Available
  • Breakfast Available to Purchase
  • Climbing Wall
  • Communal Dining Area
  • Communal Lounge
  • Convenience Store
  • Cot Available On Request
  • Drying Room
  • EFTPOS, Visa & Mastercard
  • Food Storage
  • Free Movies
  • Free Onsite Parking
  • Free WiFi (Limited)
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Games Available
  • Garden or Outdoor Area
  • Guitar
  • Hair Dryers
  • Herb Garden
  • Hot Water Bottles Available
  • Late Check-In On Request
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Piano
  • Recycling Stations
  • Secure Bedrooms
  • Street Parking
  • Towel Hire
  • Travel & Activity Bookings
  • TV Room
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • 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.


  • (Jan 3rd - Nov 18th 2018) 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 ... Waipara Glenmark Station
  • (Jan 27th - Jan 27th) Join in the fun and run or walk amongst the picturesque hills, valleys and vineyards of Pegasus Bay to support the New Zealand Brain Research Institute. Both 10km and 6km options available. Pegasus Bay Winery
  • (Apr 19th - Apr 22nd) Save the date for Easter 2019. Planning for the 2019 festival is underway. Buoyant on the success of the 2018 festival we look forward to creating another spectacular family-friendly folk-fiesta. Save the date to find ... Waipara Riverside Park
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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.

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Hostel capacity

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

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.

Room types

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.

If you have any questions Colin and the team are happy to help:

 stay@smylies.co.nz    03 318 4740  

Facilities & services


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 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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