YHA Wanaka


YHA Wanaka is situated in the stunning alpine village of Lake Wanaka New Zealand. Our central Wanaka location offers uninterrupted views of Lake Wanaka and New Zealand’s famed Southern Alps, with a range of warm and comfortable budget accommodation and great communal facilities.

Our relaxed, welcoming vibe has generated rave reviews in the Lonely Planet. YHA Wanaka offers an ideal retreat for the independent traveller looking to discover the exciting activities on offer in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand.

YHA Wanaka offers a choice of quality budget accommodation, designed for the independent traveller. YHA Wanaka boasts a great range of facilities, designed to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Our famed open plan lounge/dining area has a roaring log fire and boasts stunning views of Lake Wanaka and New Zealand's Southern Alps.


"Our pick - warmed by a wood stove, the lounge at this ever-popular hostel holds commanding lake and mountain views..." -Lonely Planet, New Zealand


If travelling from Queenstown via the Crown Range, turn right off the Cardrona Valley Road into Brownston Street; if Travelling via SH84, turn left onto Brownston Street.

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


Buses and shuttles will drop off at our door


We are located 10 km from Wanaka airport – shuttles are available for $15 and meet all flights into Wanaka

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Internet Access
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking
  • TV Room
  • Skydive over Lake Wanaka with views of Aoraki Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring as well as all the beautiful blue Southern Lakes.
  • Mount Aspiring National Park is a World Heritage Park, the third largest in New Zealand and famous for its glaciers, tramping and climbing.
  • See Wanaka from the air while flying a light aircraft or watch the aerial acrobats safely from the ground at the Warbirds Over Wanaka Air Show.
  • Ski New Zealand’s top ski fields of Treble Cone, Cardrona, Snow Farm or try some heavenly heli-skiing around Wanaka.
  • Get yourself lost at Puzzling World an extremely popular Wanaka attraction with holograms, visual illusions and the tricky Great Maze!
  • Drive to Queenstown along the Cardrona Valley with a stop at the Cardrona Hotel, one of New Zealand’s oldest and most rustically charming hotels.


  • (Oct 22nd - Oct 22nd) Two of New Zealand’s indie rock heavyweights have joined forces for a formidable collaboration. In spite of weaving disparate paths over the past few decades, eminent local songwriters Don McGlashan and Shayne Carter ... Luggate Hall
  • (Oct 22nd - Oct 23rd) The 2016 New Zealand Golf Amateur Mixed Foursomes Championship will be hosted for the second year running at the magnificient Wanaka Golf Club over Labour Weekend.The Wanaka Golf Course is located less than 1 hour drive ... Wanaka Golf Club
  • (Oct 21st - Oct 24th) Shine invites you to experience their signature Women`s Well-being Retreat `The Art & Adventure of Creating A Life You Love'. We invite all women, sisters, mothers, wives, daughters, goddesses, creators to our next ... The River House
  • (Oct 29th - Oct 29th) Animals and books and reading. The horse is back by popular demand, with its friend the dog! Settle down for some one-on-one reading time with a reading dog in-store on NZ Bookshop Day. Give them a call for ... Paper Plus - Wanaka
  • (Sep 1st - Dec 1st) In our fast-paced world, are you looking to find more inner peace? Chanting this once-secret name for God, HU, has helped people throughout time find inner peace and divine love. Maybe it will help you. All are welcome ... Plunket Rooms
  • (Nov 5th - Nov 5th) Holy Family Catholic School will bring a slice of medieval life to Wanaka. The tranquil surrounds of Rippon Hall will be transformed into a medieval village complete with artisan crafts, a knights' encampment, roving ... The Rippon Hall
YHA Wanaka large kitchen for groups YHA Wanaka, central location for groups YHA Wanaka large communal area for groups

In the centre of Wanaka, overlooking Pembroke park with undisturbed views across Lake Wanaka, YHA Wanaka is perfect for your group to explore all that the region has to offer. YHA Wanaka accommodates all types of groups from schools and colleges, to sporting and cultural groups. 

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Hostel capacity

YHA Wanaka can cater for up to 110 people across 32 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 1 x 8 bed multi-share ensuite
  • 7 x 6 bed multi-share ensuite
  • 4 x 4 bed multi-share ensuite
  • 2 x 3 bed multi-share ensuite
  • 1 x triple ensuite
  • 4 x twin and double rooms
  • 1 x single ensuite
  • 12 x twin and double rooms with ensuite facilities.



Room types

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 4 - 8 bed rooms with ensuite facilities. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1.

Private rooms

Group leaders and supervisors can be accommodated in 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.

Find out more!

Contact YHA Wanaka's Groups Coordinators: wanaka.groups@yha.co.nz  03 443 1880

Facilities & services

Hostel facilities

  • Large, fully equipped, self-catering kitchen and dining area
  • Free luggage storage
  • Wheelchair access
  • Key entry for all rooms
  • TV projector room
  • Drying room
  • Laundry facilities
  • Games room & pool table
  • Free Wifi for group leaders
  • All bed linen included
  • Off street parking for cars and buses


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 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.

Find out more about accommodation for groups across the YHA Network.  




 YHA Wanaka is in central Wanaka overlooking Pembroke park to the lake and mountains. Restaurants, shops and the local cinema are a just a short walk away. In winter ski shuttles pick up form the door for New Zealand's top ski fields of Treble Cone, Cardrona and Snow Farm. 

We can help to arrange your activity bookings or transport to local activities. Just let us know, we are happy to help!

By Car

If travelling from Queenstown via the Crown Range, turn right off Cardrona Valley Road into Bownston Street; if travelling via SH84 turn left into Brownston Street.

By Bus/Shuttle

All buses and shuttles pick up and drop off at the hostel.

By Plane

10km from Wanaka airport - shuttles are available fro $15 and meet all flights into Wanaka. Queenstown airport is 63km from YHA Wanaka, talk to YHA Wanaka's Groups Coordinator about arranging a chartered shuttle for you.  

Car Parking

The hostel has ample off street parking for cars, vans and buses.



Contact us!

Would you like a quote for your stay? Complete our booking enquiry form: Enquire now

Have questions? YHA Wanaka's Groups Coordinator: wanaka.groups@yha.co.nz  03 443 1880

Travelling elsewhere in New Zealand? Get in touch our National Groups Coordinators, Rod and Saskia: book@yha.co.nz    0800 278 299