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This is everything an urban hostel should be - National Geographic 2014

Ultra clean, modern, bright, fun and friendly. YHA Wellington City is centrally located just off Courtenay Place; close to the waterfront, Te Papa museum, Embassy Cinema, cafes, bars, shops, theatres and handy to Parliament, Space Place Carter Observatory and transport to Zealandia and the Wellington Zoo. You can also find a supermarket over the road (open till midnight).

The Qualmark 5-star and Enviro-Gold rated 320 bed hostel offers a wide range of comfortable accommodation, from spacious and well appointed four and six share en suite rooms to our deluxe private en suite rooms.

Two superbly equipped kitchen and dining areas and affordable meals are offered in the evening. An espresso bar with bagel breakfast available daily.

Friendly knowledgeable staff including a free travel booking service and a dedicated groups reservation team. 

Ample comfortable lounge areas, including a TV lounge with projector and free movie hire. Free use of pool table. Internet lounge with Skype and printing facilities and free unlimited WiFi for YHA members.

Great specials and package deals available.

All groups are accommodated on the same floor (subject to availability) and have access to a fully equipped, self-catering kitchen and dining room, with a large supermarket just across the road. Safe and secure, all rooms are lockable and there is no bar on-site. A dedicated group reservations team are available to help you plan your entire Wellington experience. The groups team also provide a free booking service for all domestic travel and activities. This includes Interislander and Bluebridge ferries, Intercity coach travel, local shuttle services and Tranzalpine, Tranzscenic and Overlander trains.

YHA Wellington City is proud to have been a sustainable living centre for 15 years. A fun sustainability quiz is available to schools to help educate children in this area and groups are also offered the opportunity to offset their impact on the environment with the Green Footprint Project.

Accessibility information:

  • Ramp or elevator access to all areas of the hostel
  • Lowered section of reception desk
  • Comfortable spacious communal areas
  • Well designed disability bathrooms and showers with shower seat and handrails
  • Wheelchair accessible private rooms and share rooms available with or without ensuite
  • Widened bedroom doors
  • Heating and light switches in easy reach
  • Lowered kitchen bench, microwave and stovetop for easy wheelchair access
  • Helpful friendly staff who will make every effort to ensure all guests are happy
  • Doors that are electronic or slide open.


  • 2010 NZ Tourism Award Winner
  • 2009 Virgin / Guardian UK International Responsible Tourism Awards Winner
  • 2008 Hostelworld 'Best Hostel in Oceania for 2007'
  • 2007 Hostelworld 'Best Hostel in Oceania for 2006'

Services & facilities

  • TV/DVD