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The thrilling Nevis bungee jump
Set an epic 134m above the stark beauty of the Nevis River, the highest bungee in Australasia is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Don’t let the scenic 35-minute drive to site lull you into a false sense of security – things quickly take a daring turn as you leave the highway for the 4x4 backcountry road.
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Being a HI member means you get 10% discount on your overnight bookings - but we're so much more than a bed: we offer HI members a whole range of great deals and offers through our partnerships worldwide. From museums and tours, to adventure activities and national parks, enjoy the benefits of the real hostelling experience.
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At HI, we want everybody to be able to enjoy the real hostelling experience: more than a place to stay, this is about opening minds, meeting new people, cultural immersion and getting travellers involved in our global activities. We love travelling as much as you do, so we have high hostel standards wherever we expand on the planet, but more than where you rest your head, this is about taking something unforgettable away with you – wherever you come from, or are going next.
Walking in Te Anau
Te Anau will satisfy the keenest walker–that particular breed who dreams of taking their walking boots on multi-day backcountry adventures. Sound like you? Te Anau is the ideal pre and post walk stop for three of the celebrities of New Zealand’s Great Walks: the Kepler, Routeburn and Milford Tracks. The Kepler Track (3-4 days) begins along the beech-forested shores of lakes Te Anau and Manapouri and traverses above the bushline with views of the Kepler Mountains, rivers, lakes and valleys. The Routeburn Track (2 - 4 day) has some of the most diverse scenery weaving through alpine flora and lakes, waterfalls, rivers and panoramic views. The Milford Track (4 day) follows an historic Māori route through forest and ice-carved valleys, a mountain pass, rivers and waterfalls from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound. Once back in Te Anau, feast on local fare of venison, lobster and seafood and then relax at YHA Te Anau and dry out your gear in the drying room.
Ask any New Zealander, “Where’s your favourite winter playground?” They’ll most likely answer: Queenstown. Nestled between Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables mountain range, the alpine village is a snow enthusiast’s haven with world-class ski fields sporting row after row of snowy mountains. The mountains are high which means consistent snow. The terrain is varied from beginner slopes to bowls and long runs. There are three nearby fields to choose from—the Remarkables, Coronet Peak and Cardrona Alpine Resort—and a fantastically long ski season from June until mid-October. Enjoy the slopes all day and the Queenstown nightlife all evening. Then kick up your feet at YHA Queenstown Lakefront or YHA Queenstown Central. Lakefront has a large drying room and lock up for your boots and gear.
Jump, abseil, zip, scramble, leap and swim through canyons, narrow gorges with rock slide chutes, waterfalls and deep pools tucked beneath ancient rainforest. Queenstown is undoubtedly New Zealand’s adrenaline capital with bungys galore, skydiving and more. Include canyoning on that list! The region’s glacial history and unique mountainous terrain lend itself to deeply eroded valleys, carved high-walled canyons and towering walls where rain, melting snow and ice create fast-flowing water and pounding cascades. Novice and advanced canyoneers, pick a canyon to conquer from a National Park, valleys or a mountain peak. Dry out and unwind at one of two YHAs.
Southern Lakes Festival of Colour
Also worth a look is the more low-key Southern Lakes Festival of Colour based in Wanaka with satellite events in Queenstown, Luggate, Hawea and Cromwell. Running in April, the music, theatre and dance festival bills itself as the best little arts festival in New Zealand.
Central Otago is the world’s most southerly wine region. Appellation Central runs seriously knowledgeable tasting tours through the area from Queenstown – with a focus on some of the planet’s best pinot noirs.
YHA New Zealand Sustainability
YHA New Zealand is committed to environmental sustainability and helping protect and preserve New Zealand’s beautiful backyard. We’ve taken steps throughout our hostels to reduce waste, emissions, energy and water usage. Hostelling itself is a great example of environmental responsibility as it’s a form of low-impact travel, encouraging travellers to leave a smaller ‘footprint’ by sharing rooms and communal spaces. To help our guests reduce their ‘footprints’ even more, YHA started the Green Footprint Project whereby travellers can offset their environmental impact by purchasing native trees. Since 2004, 11,000 trees have been planted. That’s a whole lot of carbon reduction!