YHA Member Weekends

Member Weekends were established to provide an opportunity for members to engage with National Board and senior staff.

Weekends are organised throughout the year, spread across both the North and South Islands. Member Weekends are open to all domestic members of YHA New Zealand.

These weekend events provide a fun weekend away with other members from around New Zealand and the opportunity to meet with YHA's National Board and senior staff.

Member Weekends usually include:


Members' Weekend 8 - 10 May 2015 staying at YHA Lake Tekapo


 Special offer

The National Board invites all members to join them for a weekend getaway staying at YHA Lake Tekapo.

Accommodation is offered at a 50% discount to those who stay both Friday and Saturday nights. Please contact the hostel directly to book your bed on 03 680 6857. Beds are limited so you need to book quickly. Remember to mention the member event to take advantage of the 50% discount.

Previous weekend attendees have told us that the main reason for attending these events is to go to the Board Forum and to catch up with other travelers. Consequently no sightseeing activities have been arranged during the weekend allowing you plenty of time to socialise with old friends or make some new ones. If you are looking for activities to fill your time in Tekapo, scroll down for ideas.

To register for the weekend

Please email the national.secretary@yha.co.nz so we know how many people to cater for. Also let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.


Timetable for the weekend is as follows:


Arrive at the hostel, make your own arrangements for dinner


Breakfast will be available in the kitchen between 7.30 and 9.30am – please help yourself.

Free time to explore Tekapo or catch up with friends. (Make your own arrangements for lunch)


The forum will be chaired by the National Chair, John Hammond and will be held at the hostel. This provides an opportunity for members to hear from the Board and senior staff about what is happening in YHA and to ask questions.


BBQ provided by YHA. Looking for volunteers to help with set up, cooking etc. Please contact Denise if you can help. denise.stevenson@yha.co.nz


Breakfast will be available in the kitchen between 7.30 and 9.30am – please help yourself.

If you have not booked to stay Sunday night, please ensure you have checked out of your room by 10am. You are welcome to spend some time at the hostel before heading home, but please check out so staff can start cleaning.

EarthLittle Star tour usually $95 but YHA members are offered a $20 discount during this weekend, just show your YHA membership card when you make your booking.

This new tour is proving popular on those freezing winter nights - slightly shorter than our regular tours, but still full of stars and fun. Head up Mt. John on our coaches as the stars are coming out, enjoy a hot-chocolate to keep warm while gazing at the stars. Our knowledgeable guides will provide an explanation of what you see above and through the telescopes.

Mt John Observatory tour usually $140 but YHA members are offered a $20 discount during this weekend, just show your YHA membership card when you make your booking.

Come see the wonders of the southern night sky, and experience the thrill of peering through powerful telescopes. When the stars are hidden from view, take a journey with us to discover the nocturnal world of an astronomer: see a range of research equipment that is out-of-bounds to the general public and experience the working environment of an astronomer.

On a clear night we will introduce you to the objects and constellations visible in the sky to the naked eye, pointing with our bright lasers which almost seem to reach the sky! We then move on to looking through several of Earth & Sky's telescopes. These are portable yet powerful, and we set them up outside under the stars each night. We also look through our impressive 16" Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector inside a permanent dome. Bring up your DSLR camera and our astrophotographers may be able to capture the night sky for you.

Earth & Sky day tour – cost: $20 per adult & $10 per child.  

Drive or walk up to the summit of Mt John and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Mackenzie Country. Take a tour of New Zealand's largest telescope, where Kiwi and Japanese scientists conduct cutting edge gravitational microlensing research to hunt for new planets! If it is clear you might also be able to safely look at the sun using our special solar telescope. Afterwards, treat yourself to something special in our ultra-modern glass cafe overlooking the turquoise waters of Lake Tekapo. Depart as per request, between 12 pm and 3 pm daily.


Segway Xtreme– from $10 for 10 mins

Segway Xtreme's guided rides take you 'off road' through the Tekapo Regional Park and gives you the chance to conquer more difficult terrain including hills, bumps, gravel and other obstacles. Customers on guided rides receive further comprehensive training ensuring they are fully confident prior to 'hitting the trail'. 1 hour guided rides: $60* each with a minimum of two riders and a maximum of five. * $50.00 special for those riders who have already paid for and completed the short ride (conditions apply).Segways require no special skills to use, as the inbuilt computers take care of the balancing part for you, meaning virtually anyone can use one. They are very simple to use and take only minutes to get to grips with. To go forward, all you have to do is lean forwards, and the opposite for reverse, it really couldn't be easier! Our short 10 minute rides offer plenty of time for most people to master the controls and soon be whizzing around a grassy area. Short rides: $10 for 'at least' 10 minutes.

Phone: 021 2 SEGWAY (021 2734929) or 0800 4SEGWAY.


Tekapo Starlight

Tekapo Starlight offers tours with an experienced astronomy guide with a lifelong passion will amaze you with what you can see and learn about the universe with just your eyes and your curiosity. Tours last 1½ hours starting at 8.30pm and costs $20 per person – subject to weather conditions (it must be a clear night). To book please email stars@tekapostarlight.co.nz or phone 03 680 672 or 021 237 3566

Tekapo Spings

Tekapo Springs

Pool temperatures range from 36 – 40 degrees, and all pools have benched seating so you can sit back, relax and soak. Open daily from 10am - 9pm. Adults $22, seniors $18, and kids $13.Or you can purchase a 2 consecutive day pass for the following prices: Adults $35, seniors $29 and kids $21

If you purchase a 2 day pass, Tekapo Springs are offering YHA members a free steam or sauna. You will need to present your YHA membership card to qualify for this freebie.


What do you need to do now?

If you are interested in attending this great weekend away you need to:

Further information will be sent to those who register.