YHA Wellington
292 Wakefield Street, Te Aro, Wellington | +64 4 801 7280

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Contact details

Phone: +64 4 801 7280
Email: wellington@yha.co.nz
Reception: 7am -11pm plus 24 hour guest access

Check In/Out times

Check in/out times

Check in: 2pm
Check out: 10am


"Wellington's best hostel" - Lonely Planet, 2017.

Ultra clean, modern, bright, fun and friendly. YHA Wellington is 5-Star Gold Qualmark rated backpacker accommodation. One of the most centrally located hostels in Wellington and ideal for everything that Wellington has to offer. There is an espresso bar on site, selling barista-made coffee and a selection of cabinet food. The hostel is in easy walking distance to the bars, shops and theatres on Courtenay Place and close to Te Papa museum, Weta Cave Workshop, the waterfront and Embassy Theatre.

All 4 share ensuite rooms have lockers and if you prefer your own space we have twin, double and queen private rooms.

 "This is everything an urban hostel should be" National Geographic Traveller.

Special features at YHA Wellington that backpackers love:

We asked our guests what they liked most about our hostel in Wellington and here it is!

  • Espresso bar open from 6.45 am
  • $6 Daily breakfast deal: freshly baked bagels with cream cheese and home-made jam plus a smooth Celsius coffee
  • Supermarket over the road from the hostel (open til midnight)
  • 2GB free WiFi per device per day
  • Two superbly equipped kitchen and dining areas
  • Comfortable lounges
  • TV lounge with projector and free movie hire
  • Lockers in every multi-share room
  • Free comprehensive travel booking service
  • Solar hot water and clean energy production as part of our sustainability initiatives
  • A sustainable living centre for over 15 years
  • Covered car loading and unloading bay for guests
  • A range of close proximity parking options depending on your budget
  • 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017 TripAdvisor Excellence Award winner

Qualmark & Reviews

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017Qualmark 5 Star Gold Award


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  • 24 Hour Guest Access
  • 2GB Free WiFi Every Day
  • American Express
  • Bedding Provided
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Available to Purchase
  • Communal Dining Area
  • Communal Lounge
  • Cot Available On Request
  • EFTPOS, Visa & Mastercard
  • Food Storage
  • Free Movies
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Games Available
  • Guitar
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hostelling International Bookings
  • Hot Water Bottles Available
  • Late Check-In On Request
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Onsite Cafe
  • Recycling Stations
  • Secure Bedrooms
  • Towel Hire
  • Travel & Activity Bookings
  • TV Room
  • Union Pay
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Things to do

Things to do in YHA Wellington

YHA Wellington’s Activities Coordinator plans a whole slew of cool activities just for you! Every week our events are designed to ensure that you have the best experience possible in Wellington.  Ask at reception for a list of suggested itineraries and tours available or hop onto one of these: 
Monday Join a guided hike up to Mt. Victoria for 360-degree views of Wellington and the surrounding mountains.  Or join quiz night at a local pub and compete for great prizes. 
Tuesday Join a walking tour around the CBD.  Tuesday nights are movie nights in the hostel.  
Wednesday Get out and explore the harbour by kayak or climb the largest indoor real rock climbing wall.
Thursday Socialise and experience Wellington nightlife on our popular bar crawl on Courtenay Place and Cuba Street.
Saturday Join a walking tour around the CBD.
While in Wellington, why not:
  • Visit Te Papa national museum to learn about Maori and New Zealand arts, culture, and history.
  • Take a Lord of the Rings tour – visit Weta Workshop Cave or one of the many filming locations in and around Wellington.
  • Discover some of New Zealand's rarest wildlife at ZEALANDIA: The Karori Sanctuary Experience, Wellington's award-winning conservation safe haven.
  • Experience Wellington's coffee culture at any of the excellent inner city cafes.
  • Take a ride on the cable car for amazing views over Wellington Harbour.
  • Check out the Beehive, New Zealand's government centre.
  • Stroll or cycle around the scenic Wellington Waterfront.
  • Walk to the top of Mount Victoria for a panoramic view of the city and harbour.
  • Cruise down Cuba Street or check out Courtenay place for shops, cafes, and nightlife.

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