YHA Te Anau


On the edge of the Fiordland National Park, YHA Te Anau is the perfect location to access some of the world famous New Zealand tramps. This Qualmark 4+ star rated Te Anau hostel continually impresses guests with its unique homely atmosphere and cosy backpacker accommodation just a block from the shores of the gorgeous blue Lake Te Anau.

YHA Te Anau’s lovely lounge has a fireplace and offers plenty of couch space to sink into with a book or while watching one of our free movies. The Te Anau hostel’s shiny stainless steel kitchen is fully equipped and we have fresh spices and herbs growing in our ‘Edible Garden’ so you can cook up your gourmet meal with ease. This Te Anau backpackers also has the perfect outdoor deck and private native garden with a massive barbeque to get grilling on.

The YHA Te Anau backpacker hostel is located just off Te Anau’s main road where you can find everything from hiking gear, groceries, wonderful local Fiordland cuisine and lots of New Zealand souvenirs. The friendly hostel staff will help you make the best of your stay in Te Anau and Fiordland. YHA Te Anau offers peaceful and super-clean backpacker accommodation in the heart of New Zealand’s scenic Fiordland, come and recharge your batteries at the YHA Te Anau hostel!


There are plenty of reasons to visit Te Anau.

Here are our top 6:

  1. Doubtful Sound should be the No. 1 reason to visit. This full day trip also has the option of visiting the Manapouri Underground Power Station. Click here for more about this activity.
  2. Luxmore Jet offers a great jet boat tour on the Waiau River. This trip incorporates some Lord of the Rings scenery and travels alongside the Kepler Track. Click here for more about this activity.
  3. The Glow Worm caves are also still operational and run by Real Journeys. Click here for more about this activity.
  4. If travelling by vehicle guests can still explore the Milford Road as far as the Hollyford turnoff which is well worth doing as there are many day walks throughout this section, including parts of the Routeburn Track.
  5.   Most sections of the Kepler track can also still be walked at this time of year and we do sell individual Hut passes for overnights.
  6. Te Anau boasts a fantastic boutique style movie theatre where guests can relax in comfort with a wine or coffee. Currently showing: Ata Whenua – Shadowland, a thirty minute scenic viewing of Fiordland. Click here for more about the theatre. 
Travel time is 2 hours from Queenstown. Always check the current road conditions before setting out as the roads can get ice or snow during the winter months. Check the road conditions now.


"Bright, clean, modern hostel with excellent facilities and a laid-back vibe." - Lonely Planet Guide to New Zealand




Entering Te Anau via Highway 94 turn left onto Lakefront Drive, go past Department of Conservation on your left, turn right at the round about opposite Fiordland I-site, then take first left onto Mokonui St. The hostel is 300m on the left.
Entering Te Anau via Southern Scenic Route and Lake Manapouri turn left onto Lakefront Drive, right at round-a- bout, left onto Mokonui Street.
Off street and safe street parking available.

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


Not all bus services pick up and drop off at hostel. Please check at time of booking.


Closest airports Queenstown (166km) and Invercargill (157km).

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking
  • TV Room
Local activities:
  • Take a day trip to Milford and Doubtful Sounds, including a magical cruise through the fjords or sea-kayak adventure.
  • Tramp one of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’ located around Te Anau: the Kepler track, the Milford track, the Routeburn track, the Hollyford track and the Humpridge.
  • There is no better way to see Fiordland than from the skies, take a scenic flight for a truly memorable New Zealand experience and have spectacular photos to prove it.
  • Get the adrenaline racing while in Te Anau: try scuba diving, quad biking, jet boating or horseback riding. 
  • Watch the incredible film Ata Whenua or The Shadowlands a helicopter ride through Fiordland filmed by a Lord of the Rings cameraman and set to beautiful music. Don’t forget to ask for your YHA discount!


  • (Dec 31st - Dec 31st) This New Year's Eve, southern power trio, Left Or Right and alt-blues veterans Julian Temple Band team up for another double banga at the mighty Redcliffe Cafe in Te Anau. Limited tickets from Redcliff Cafe or call ... Redcliff Cafe
  • (Jan 20th - Jan 20th) Part of the Fiordland summer events programme: Meet the Eglinton Valley bat monitoring team and learn about the amazing creatures they work with. Share a banana split as the sun sets and then head into the forest to ... Knobs Flat, Eglinton Valley

Perfectly situated to discover all that Fiordland has to offer. Whether it’s walking some of the Great Walks, cruising on Milford or Doubtful Sound or visiting the Glowworm caves across Lake Te Anau, YHA Te Anau is a fantastic loaction for your group to spend a few days.


Auckland Youth Orchestra stayed at YHA Te Anau in July 2013 with 60+ young musicians. Player Representative on the Executive Committee and Associate Principal Cellist, Bleau Bustenera, said AYO has stayed with YHA on tour before and they always find YHA to be accommodating with fun and friendly staff. She said, “It's not easy to provide such great accommodation and service for 60 plus teenagers and young adults all with instruments in tow! But YHA manages to do all of this and more.” Auckland Youth Orchestra has also toured in Te Anau on its last South Island Tour several years ago. Bleu said, “We enjoyed Te Anau so much, we decided to come back.”

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Te Anau can cater for up to 90 people across 29 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 2 x 8 bed multi-share
  • 2 x 6 bed multi-share
  • 5 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 1 x 3 bed multi-share
  • 15 x twin and double rooms
  • 2 x single
  • 2 x twin and double rooms with ensuite facilities.
The accommodation

At YHA Te Anau we can accommodate up 40 people in a group with comfortable 3 - 8 bed rooms for group members. Private rooms include singles, twins and doubles. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1.

The hostel has shared single sex bathroom facilities conveniently located to the bedrooms.

Group breakfast

Continental breakfast can be served in our group kitchen upon request for $10 per person. It includes a choice of three cereals, fruit, toast and spreads, 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 WiFi during their stay.  

Free booking service

Contact YHA Te Anau direct on 03 249 7847 email teanau@yha.co.nz or call our groups coordinator on 0800 278 299.

Download YHA Te Anau Group Information