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YHA Wellington New Zealand
5.0 of 5 Hostel   |   292 Wakefield St | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand   |  
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Melbourne, Australia
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“WOO”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Great place to stay, staff so so so so friendly. Met alot of people/half of europe and south america, it's a very large hostel. Stayed in a private triple, the room was small and stuffy and faced the wall of the back of a restaurant but this didnt bother us. The actual room was clean, so was all the bedding. The bathrooms were clean too, and the kitchen was massive.
The hostel is in a great location, and close the courtenay place. Had a great stay thanks to all the lovely helpful friendly staff!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

The staffs are soooooooooo kind. I had a wonderful memory there. The kitchen's equipment are great, n you can put a sheep in the hug refrige. sleep very well, and meet nice new faces. The supermarket just cross the street n you can go to Te papa on foot.

just sooooooooo nice awesome!!! no more words to say!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

So far, it was the best hostel I had ever stayed in New Zealand. The staffs were so friendly and helpful. The room was huge and comfortable, and so was the kitchen. Its reading and meeting room was quite small but enough quiet to enjoy. It was located closely to the Te Papa, New World supermarket and numberless restaurants.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

The YHA in Wellington was absolutely huge, with many floors filled with various room sizes. We booked a private room with private bath, which was clean but very small.

The location is great, right in the center of the city and close to all the attractions and restaurants.

With so many people coming and going, it felt a bit like a zoo, but also gave the impression of a well-oiled machine.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

YHA Wellington is on Wakefield St. Directly opposite to New World, you can buy your groceries just across the street for your meals. It is a few steps away from Courtney Place and Te Papa, which makes it conveniently located in the heart of Wellington City. If you want to get here from the railway station however, note that it is around 20 minutes walk.

There are 2 kitchens and 2 dining areas for guests. There is a flag kitchen for schools and bigger groups and another kitchen for normal backpackers. Guests are welcomed to use either. The kitchens are cleaned twice a day, once during mid afternoon and another during the mid of the night. It is this cleaning that makes the YHA stands out amongst many other hostels, whose kitchens were always in a mess. Thumbs up for this. When there are big groups staying in the hostel and using the flag dining area, the other sitting area for guests has too little tables and chairs and is insufficient during meal times. The games room/tv room and reading room are similarly occupied by big groups while they are there and other guests do not have the opportunity to use these facilities.

The rooms are clean and neat. There is sufficient space in each room for guests to put their bags and luggages. Sheets and blankets are neatly folded on the bed and you have to fit on the sheets and blanket yourself. I stayed in 2 types of rooms in this hostel and have to say I have different impressions of the rooms.

1. I was given a 4-bed room with bathroom ensuite facing the sea with a really awesome view of the harbour. Large amount of space in the room and a place to store your luggage/put your items. Like another reviewer has commented, another hostel would have tried to fit in 6 beds in the same room. The door to the bathroom was creaky, noisy and needed oiling. Facing the sea, it was exposed to stronger winds, and having 1 heater in the room didn't help much, in particularly when it was timed to go off every 5 minutes after it was off. We cannot be pressing on the on button every 5 minutes in the middle of the night when it is the coldest. Another blanket/heater will be needed to keep warm.

2. In the 6-bed room, there was less space available for luggages, but still sufficient. Bathroom was outside the room but was considerably better without the squeaky bathroom door to content with. This room did not have a view and was facing the inside of the hostel. Temperature much warmer and did not require the heater in the room, though there were 2.

While the cleaning practices of the hostel makes this hostel stands out, they need to improve in the heating of the rooms facing the sea and ensuring that all door are well-oiled. Note a maximum 10 day stay in this hostel and there is no free luggage storage after check-out. You have to check out latest by 10am and if you are intending to leave at 5pm, you need to store your luggage in one of the lockers there for $1/2 hours, a service where most hostels will provide free of charge.

Will I stay here again? Maybe if I do not intend to check out late. In the meantime, I will check out some of the other hostels in Wellington.

Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

We ended up in two x single rooms at the Y after the "one bedroom apartment" we booked at Statford on Willis Apartment Hotel turned out to be a studio apartment for the price of a one bedroom. Staff here were very friendly, and although we didn't use most of the facilities I have stayed here before, and they are excellent. Great for groups with a large kitchen and dining area, rooms for meetings, and very centrally located. However, compared to other hostels in the same area, their single rooms are very expensive.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

I thought this hostel was very nice. It is in a good location and was clean and friendly!

Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: 292 Wakefield St | Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Greater Wellington > Wellington
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 49 Specialty lodging in Wellington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — YHA Wellington New Zealand 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ultra clean, modern, bright, fun and friendly, the YHA Wellington hostel has a wide range of comfortable accommodation from our spacious 4-share en-suite rooms to our deluxe private en-suite rooms. With a 5-star Qualmark rating you would hardly know you were backpacking. The hostel boasts two large and extremely well-equipped kitchens as well as many spacious and comfortable lounge areas, making this backpackers a perfect choice for large numbers of backpackers and for group accommodation. ... more   less 
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