BBQ facilities
Free WiFi
Free parking
Private Bathroom
Daily housekeeping
Non-smoking rooms
Baggage storage
Parking on site

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Featuring stunning views out to Lake Wanaka and the mountains, YHA Wanaka offers relaxed and welcoming hostel accommodations. It features an open-plan living/dining area with a log fire to relax and enjoy the views.

The property's communal facilities include several communal areas to relax in, plus a billiards table, reading area, balcony, and movie room.

Guests can choose to stay in lively dormitory rooms or in the comfort of their own private rooms. The private rooms feature private bathrooms.

The staff at the tour desk can help with making the most out of your time in Wanaka and can offer a free travel and activity booking service. Guest laundry facilities are available.

Wanaka YHA is a 5-minute drive from Puzzling World and a 40-minute drive from Mount Aspiring Ski Fields.

This is our guests' favorite part of Wanaka, according to independent reviews.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.5 for a two-person trip.

YHA Wanaka has been welcoming guests since Jul 24, 2012
Hotel chain/brand: Youth Hostels Association

Property Highlights

Located in the top-rated area in Wanaka, this property has an excellent location score of 9.5!

Free Private Parking Available On Site


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Property questions and answers
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  • How much does it cost to rent a lock?
    We do not rent locks but they can be purchased from the front desk during reception opening hours.
    Answered on October 24, 2019
  • Is it quiet at night?
    We aim to provide a quiet environment for our guests so that they can sleep well and have plenty of energy to explore the beautiful Wanaka outdoors.
    Answered on November 30, 2019
  • Do you have ski storage?
    Yes we have storage for ski/snowboard gear in our drying room
    Answered on July 5, 2020
  • We would just like to clarify whether or not we can bring a guide dog - fully trained and socialised. Thanks
    Kia Ora! Yes, certified guide dogs are welcome to stay at YHA Wanaka. Please let us know if you have any further questions and we'd be happy to help.
    Answered on October 27, 2021
  • Is checking in available after check-in time ? Like midnight
    Kia Ora, Thanks so much for your interest in staying at YHA Wanaka! We have a late arrival procedure and guests are welcome to check in after the offi..
    Answered on September 14, 2021
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Amenities of YHA Wanaka Great facilities! Review score, 8.7
  • Toilet paper
  • Private Bathroom
  • Toilet
  • Hairdryer
  • Shower
  • Linens
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • BBQ facilities
  • Garden
  • Shared kitchen
  • Pool table
  • Game room
  • Golf course (within 2 miles) Additional charge
WiFi is available in some rooms and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Street parking
  • Public transit tickets Additional charge
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Lockers
  • Vending machine (snacks)
  • Vending machine (drinks)
  • Baggage storage
  • Tour desk
  • Laundry Additional charge
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Smoke-free property
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking rooms
Languages Spoken
  • English
Sustainability initiatives
This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and eco-friendly travel

House rules

YHA Wanaka takes special requests – add in the next step!


2:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


7:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 2 and above are considered adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy info, add the number and ages of children in your group to your search.

Crib and extra bed policies

0 - 2 years
Crib upon request

The number of cribs allowed depends on the option you choose. Check your selected option for more info.

There are no extra beds available at this property.

All cribs are subject to availability.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18


Pets are not allowed.


When booking more than 3 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Mastercard Visa UnionPay credit card Eftpos YHA Wanaka accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Guests 17 years or younger are not permitted to stay in dormitory accommodations unless that dormitory is privatized, where all beds are booked in the room and a minimum of one adult is part of the booking party. All guests 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult for any booking and that adult is responsible for actions of all the youths within that booking party.

Please note for bookings of 10 or more guests, different policies and procedures may apply. For further information, please contact the property in advance, using the contact details found on the booking confirmation.

Please note due to limited availability at the time of booking, multi-share accommodations for two or more guests may be provided in separate rooms.

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Please inform YHA Wanaka of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

FAQs about YHA Wanaka

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to YHA Wanaka by:

    • Car 1h

  • YHA Wanaka offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Pool table
    • Game room
    • Golf course (within 2 miles)

  • Check-in at YHA Wanaka is from 2:30 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

  • YHA Wanaka is 500 feet from the center of Wanaka.

  • The prices at YHA Wanaka may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.