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94 Brownston Street, Wanaka 9305 New Zealand
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Updated 09/28/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 09/28/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#5 of 59 Specialty lodging in Wanaka
Travelers' Choice
Lively, cozy and comfortable with stunning views out to Lake Wanaka and the mountains, YHA Wanaka is an incredibly popular hostel year-round. Our relaxed, welcoming vibe and open plan living/dining area get rave reviews in the likes of Lonely Planet. Our excellent communal facilities include several communal areas to relax in, plus a roaring log fire, pool table, reading area, balcony, and movie room. We're on hand to help you make the most of your time in Wanaka and can offer a free travel and activity booking service.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Vending machine
Bicycle rental
Game room
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Laundry service
Street parking
Horseback riding
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
Self-serve laundry
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Non-smoking rooms
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Amanda C wrote a review Oct 15
2 contributions
Stayed here one night. Would have been happy to stay longer with great facilities available. Amazing view of the lake. Kitchen and dining room was nice and equipped. Dorm room was tidy and bathroom was clean. I would stay here again.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from YHA New Zealand, Owner at YHA Wanaka
Responded 6 days ago
Kia Ora Amanda, Thank you for the positive feedback on your stay! We are certainly lucky to have such amazing view of the lake from our hostel. Very pleased you found our kitchen well equipped and the facilities clean. We hope to see you back in Wanaka again one day. Warm regards, Ben Marshall Manager
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Adam wrote a review Oct 1
Nelson, New Zealand7 contributions
Nothing luxury but tidy and comfotrable hotel. Location is good , there were everything that we needed for staying coule of days, matched our expectations and we would reccomend this place for people travelling to Wanaka and looking for something simple but good quality.
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Date of stay: July 2020
Jude T wrote a review Aug 2020
Nelson, New Zealand18 contributions1 helpful vote
Fabulous central Wanaka location. Friendly, informative staff and nice clean shared kitchens. We enjoyed a night here in August. Appreciated the pool table (entertainment with friends) and lovely warm log fire in the lounge area. Will happily stay here next time we're down for skiing.
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Date of stay: August 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Ask for extra bedding at reception if your room is cold on arrival.
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Response from YHA New Zealand, Owner at YHA Wanaka
Responded Sep 2, 2020
Hi Jude, Thank you for the fantastic feedback on your stay with us. Always nice to hear our guests have enjoyed their stay, particularly that our staff were friendly and helpful. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Warm regards, Ben M Manager
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jacqui r wrote a review Jul 2020
9 contributions
Clean en suite four bunk room. Friendly staff provided extra heater as the weather was really cold. Great clean facilities. Comfortable beds. Quiet at night. Pool table and movie room - laundry and drying facilities. Very close to town but not stuck in the middle of nightlife.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
jazz & wicker wrote a review Jun 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand13 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed here during our last night after spontaneously extending our trip. We had originally booked for a private double, but upon checking in, found out we had been upgraded to a private double with an en-suite which was a fantastic surprise. The man at the counter was lovely too. The room was spacious and had everything we needed. The hostel had many communal facilities, and had a social vibe. It was centrally located, about a 3 minute walk in to the centre of Wanaka. We are still pondering the purple cow aspect, but nonetheless highly enjoyed our stay and would recommend it to anyone looking for affordable quality accommodation in Wanaka.
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Date of stay: June 2020
$51 - $100 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about YHA Wanaka
Which popular attractions are close to YHA Wanaka?
Nearby attractions include Lake Wanaka (0.2 miles), Paradiso Cinema (0.07 miles), and Realm VR Wanaka (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at YHA Wanaka?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at YHA Wanaka?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at YHA Wanaka?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to YHA Wanaka?
Conveniently located restaurants include Big Fig, Burrito Craft, and Kika.
Is YHA Wanaka located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.08 miles away from the center of Wanaka.
Are any cleaning services offered at YHA Wanaka?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Does YHA Wanaka have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.