>> 10% off all accommodation
booked direct
>> 1,000s of activity discounts worldwide
>> new new new!
exclusive YHA & IYTC card

Hostels, savings and peace of mind

YHA membership pays for itself, making perfect sense for people who are hostelling around New Zealand. To start with, a $25 membership gets you access to members’ rates which are 10% less than standard rates.

If you’re staying in private rooms, then the discount alone makes membership more than worthwhile. For guests staying in multi-share rooms, discounts on accommodation are great but the real advantage of membership comes with all the extras.


Membership categories:

    1 year 2 years* 3 years* Permanent
Under 18 years    Free* Free Free -
18 years & over   $25 $40 $60 -
YHA & IYTC membership   $35 - - -
Joint Membership*   $40  $70 $110 -
Gold Membership*   - - - $350
*available to New Zealand Residents only
Life Membership has been discontinued and is no longer available for purchase

YHA membership has its perks

  • 10% off accommodation at over 40 of New Zealand's best hostels >> book direct:,, hostels

  • Access to 100+ New Zealand travel & activity discounts >> save 10% - 25% off transport, activities and accessories

  • Travel packages >> in our FREE digital magazine Backpacker Essentials

  • Backpacker Map >> New Zealand travel map with all YHA New Zealand hostels' details and discounts

  • DOC annual hut passes >> save $22
  • Aussie $5 off Voucher >> $5 off your overnight rate at select YHA Australia hostels

  • FREE Kathmandu Summit Club Membership >> $10 value. Get up to 20% off travel gear at Kathmandu stores nationwide

  • Worldwide HI/YHA discounts >> member rates at over 4,200 hostels plus 1,000s of discounts

  • Invitations to exclusive YHA member events >> find out about upcoming events

Join online                  Renew your membership

Or talk to a person! Freephone our Customer Services team: (NZ) 0800 278 299, email, or visit any YHA New Zealand hostel. 


What membership type is right for you?

Adult membership

Starting at just $25, YHA's adult membership gives you all the benefits for the lowest price. Available to New Zealand residents and Overseas Visitors. 

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YHA & IYTC membership

Under 30? Get the ultimate travel discount card! YHA New Zealand and the International Youth Travel Card (YHA & IYTC)offers the same benefits of both memberships but for a lot less cost. Claim your travel discounts today. Available to New Zealand residents and Overseas Visitors.


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Joint membership

For couples and families, the joint membership is available to adults living together in a couple relationship at the same residential address. Each person must be a New Zealand resident. 

Youth membership is free, but each youth must have his or her own membership card. Be sure to complete an application for them.

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Gold membership

Permanent YHA New Zealand membership. Available to New Zealand residents only.

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You don't have to be a member to stay. All non-YHA members are welcome in any of our hostels by paying the standard rate per night. 


Need to renew your membership? 

Available to New Zealand Residents only.  Renew!

What does my membership fee support?

Through YHA New Zealand you are supporting both grassroots and national environmental protection and conservation programmes. YHA New Zealand has a strong relationship with the Department of Conservation (DOC), working on local programmes. 

We are also committed to minimising our own impact on our environment. We look for smart ways of reducing our energy consumption, minimising our waste and recycling everything from food scraps to plastic. See some of our initiatives.

Frequently asked questions

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