• Auckland Sailing
    Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and is a great starting point for a New Zealand tour. There are two YHA hostels in Auckland.

    Auckland City YHA

    Auckland City YHA is located in a former hotel in the Auckland Central Business District (CBD).
     
    It is a 120-bed backpackers’ hostel, which is open 24 hours and features a café/bar, self-catering kitchen, internet access and tour desk, where you can book Auckland activities as well as tours throughout New Zealand.
     
    This hostel has a large number of twin and double rooms, so is ideal for couples or single travellers. It also has some multi-share dorm rooms.

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    Auckland International YHA 

     
    This 5-Star rated 170-bed hostel is located a short five-minute walk from the city centre. Also open 24 hours, this hostel has plenty of four and six-bed dorm rooms, as well as some twin/double rooms.
     
    Cook up a storm in the large self-catering kitchen, book your NZ tours and transport at the travel desk, relax in the lounge with a great read from the hostel’s book exchange or veg out in front of the TV and watch a selection from the video library.

     

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    HI/YHA Hostels in Christchurch 

     
    Christchurch, the Garden City, is the largest city on New Zealand’s South Island.
     
    There are two Christchurch YHA hostels. However, both remain closed until further notice, following the earthquake in February.
     
    YHA has established agreements with the Old Country House and Jailhouse Hostels, as preferred alternatives.
     
    Find out more or book other YHA New Zealand hostels here. 

    YHA Members Discounts in New Zealand  

     
    If you’re budget conscious and keen to get lots of discounts in New Zealand, get your YHA International Membership before you leave Australia. You’ll save on your hostel accommodation in New Zealand and around the world.
     
    Get a YHA Car Rental discount with Ace Rentals (Auckland), AAA Car Rentals or Shoestring Rentals(Christchurch), or Omega or Pegasus Car Hire (nationally).
     
    Some of the other New Zealand Discounts that YHA members receive include:
     
    Auckland
    • Diveops - 50% off photo gallery USB stick for all dives.
    • Dive Tutukaka - Free lunch and free transport.
    • Explore NZ - 10%+ off many sailing and cruise options (excluding Combos and Twin Tours).
    • Fullers - 10% discount off adult return fare to Waiheke Island.
    • Skydive Ballistic Blondes – Free photos when purchasing a DVD. 
     
    Christchurch
    • Air Safaris & Services - 10% off 50 minute "Grand Traverse" of Mount Cook & Glaciers.
    • Akaroa French Connection - $5 Discount on Christchurch-Akaroa return transport.
    • Black Cat Cruises - $5 off adult fare for Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruises, Christchurch Wildlife Cruise and Swimming with Dolphins.
    • Maui Haka - 10% off a ticket to Maui - the Art of Maori Haka.
    • Skydivingnz - Free T-shirt with a 12,000ft skydive and Freefall Max.
    • The International Antarctic Centre - 10% off for all YHA members.
    • West Coast Shuttle - 10% off full fare.
     

    Avon River Christchurch

    New Zealand  

    • awesomeNZ - 10% discount on all Awesome Adventure activities, departing Paihia (Bay of Islands).
    • InterCity Coachlines - 15% discount on selected services.
    • Magic Bus - 10% off National Passes for YHA cardholders. 

    YHA members can also book their international and domestic NZ flights with our YHA Travel agents and get discount Contiki and Top Deck Tours, Kiwi Experience bus passes and more!

    Auckland Attractions and Things to Do 

    • Ride to the top of the Auckland Sky Tower for an unrivalled view of Auckland city and harbour
    • Visit Kelly Tarlton's to see King and Gentoo Penguins, as well as sting rays, turtles, sharks and a myriad of marine life.
    • Visit the Auckland Viaduct for a harbourside meal at one of several restaurants. 

    Auckland Viaduct

    Christchurch Attractions and Things To Do  

    • Punt along the River Avon or wander throughout Christchurch Botanic Gardens
    • Admire Christchurch Cathedral’s Gothic architecture
    • Take a ride upon the Christchurch gondola, for a breath-taking view of Christchurch City, Canterbury Plains and Lyttelton Harbour.
    • Visit the International Antarctic Centre
    • Take a day tour to the “French” village of Akaroa; or
    • Enjoy an adrenaline adventure, including jet boating, sky diving or para-gliding, among many other options. 

    See our Backpacking New Zealand page for more ideas on what to see and do in New Zealand.