There’s no need to break the bank or cut back on comfort when holidaying with your family. YHA offers accommodation at a fraction of the cost of hotels so families can save their money for their sweet New Zealand adventures.
YHAs aren’t just for backpackers
We offer dedicated private rooms in most destinations, with bunks for the little ones and double beds for the grown-ups. Many of these rooms have ensuites so when your kids need to make that emergency night-time pit stop, they won’t have to leave the room. Got an extra little bub? Many of our hostels have cots available.
Facilities perfect for families
Staying with YHA means you can whip up your favourite home-cooked meals in our fully-equipped kitchens. With everything provided you only need to bring the groceries and the kids will still get their 5+ a day. And because you’re spending less by cooking in, you can save you money to spend on the fun stuff.
Make yourselves at home in our comfortable lounges, gardens, barbecue areas, and hang-out rooms with games and DVDs. Some hostels even come equipped with extras like board games, guitars or saunas!
Safe, secure, and stimulating
YHA takes the safety of our guests seriously, so you can sleep easy. All bedroom doors are lockable, and after hours access to the building usually requires a key or passcode. Our staff are always on hand should you have any concerns at all, and with no bars on site it's a safe environment for the kids.
Because YHA are known for being safe and secure, you'll also find plenty of like-minded travellers to chat with. Help the little ones learn about different cultures and brush up on their French or Mandarin by chatting with guests from around the world. YHA hostels also have plenty of info about all the little things we're doing to save the environment, so we're a great place to help demonstrate planet-saving initiatives in action!
Make it easy
All bed linen is included, towels are available for hire (or included with your private room), and the kitchen comes complete with pots, pans, and well, the kitchen sink! Many hostels even have convenience store items for those oft-forgotten necessities. YHA has everything you need to jump in the car for a weekend away, minus the hassle.
Explore Aotearoa without imposing on the rellies
With over 35 YHAs in the best spots around New Zealand you won’t need to sleep on Uncle Pete’s pull-out couch for your next family holiday. Instead, you can rest assured you're supporting a not-for-profit New Zealand institution that's dedicated to help people explore our great outdoors. Sweet!
So pack up your whānau and hit the road with YHA. Check into your private room, make yourself at home, and go make the most of the activities you set out to do. You’re not staying in a hotel. You’re staying at our place!
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