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YHA Wanaka

94 Brownston Street, Wanaka, New Zealand

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Overall Rating 94%

From 3 Reviews

Hostel rating (3)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 100%
Cleanliness 100%
Location 87%
Security 100%
Service 100%
Comfort 80%
Green rating 87%

Situated in the stunning alpine village of Lake Wanaka, our hostel offers beautiful views of the Southern Alps in New Zealand.

  • Dorm
    From €20.99
  • Private
    From €60.33
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Wanaka Hostel

Hostel Wanaka

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Wanaka Purple Cow YHA is the latest HI hostel in Wanaka to join the HI network. This hostel is centrally located with a large choice of accommodation this hostel looks forward to welcoming you and making you stay in New Zealand memorable., YHA Wanaka, Purple Cow is situated in the stunning alpine village of Lake Wanaka New Zealand. Our central Wanaka location offers uninterrupted views of Lake Wanaka and New Zealand’s famed Southern Alps, with a range of warm and comfortable budget accommodation and great communal facilities.

Our relaxed, welcoming vibe has generated rave reviews in the Lonely Planet. YHA Wanaka, Purple Cow offers an ideal retreat for the independent traveller looking to discover the exciting activities on offer in Lake Wanaka New Zealand.

YHA Wanaka, Purple Cow backpackers hostel offers a choice of quality budget accommodation, designed for the independent traveller. YHA Wanaka accommodation boasts a great range of facilities, designed to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Our famed open plan lounge/dining area has a roaring log fire and boasts stunning views of Lake Wanaka and New Zealand's Southern Alps.


Prices are non-member prices

  • Available
  • Limited
  • Unavailable

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


  • Available
  • Limited
  • Unavailable

Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • Children under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are not members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association
  • A discount of 10 % of rates quoted is available to members on arrival.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • TV room
  • Pool table / snooker table
  • Terrace / patio


  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers - Charges Apply
  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - At Reception
  • Luggage Room - Available during hostel reception times
  • Smoking Area
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 08:00 to 21:00
From 14:00 to 21:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +64 3 443 1880

Fax. +64 3 443 1870

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Lake Wanaka (Less than 500 m)
  • Puzzling World (1 to 2km)
  • Mt Aspiring National Park (More than 10km)

See the full list of attractions



location was great next to Paradiso Cinema, the staff members were extremely efficient and friendly, the room was okay with a comfortable bed, the stay was in a double room with single use and the bungalow was shared with another room and there was a shared kitchen and a shared bathroom; all was fine except the couple who were staying next door because they were very loud but this is not the hostel's fault, you meet all sort of people when you travel


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Juan Carlos,

Sun 24 Jul 2016

Bad: My room was next to the reception area. There was constant slamming of doors from upstairs and the back of the room, maybe from the luggage room. Excellent: Alberto from the reception was friendly, knowledgeable and most efficient YHA hostel staff I have met. Comfortable bed, clean room and ensuite toilet, and well-equipped and huge kitchen. On the whole YHA Wanaka is a wonderful and beautiful hostel. Will definitely return.


Avatar for YOKE LAN


Wed 09 Mar 2016

Great place to stay! Wouldn't change a thing!


Avatar for Robert


Mon 29 Feb 2016

Excellent hostel!!! I enjoy everyday i spent here.


Avatar for Zhi Huei

Zhi Huei,

Sat 03 Oct 2015

A great location with a wonderful view over the lake, friendly staff, movie every night and very clean.


Avatar for Angela


Wed 04 Dec 2013


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Cinema (Less than 500m)
  • City Centre (Less than 500m)
  • Cycle trails (500m - 1km)
  • Golf course (500m - 1km)
  • Gym (1 to 2km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (500m - 1km)
  • Local market (Less than 500m)
  • Mountainous Area (More than 10km)
  • National / State Park (More than 10km)
  • Nightlife (Less than 500m)
  • Parks / Green Area (At or next to the hostel)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (Less than 500m)
  • Shopping area / Mall (Less than 500m)
  • Ski area (More than 10km)
  • Swimming pool (500m - 1km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Wooded Area (500m - 1km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

The hostel is 10km from Wanaka Airport
Buses and shuttles will drop off at the hostel entrance. Shuttle buses meet all flights into Wanaka
Parking is available at the hostel

Sustainability initiatives


  • Low carbon activities
  • Public transportation is promoted
  • Environmental cleaning


  • Energy saving lights
  • Insulation and ventilation systems
  • Light/energy sensor control
  • Renewable energy
  • Green energy supplies
  • Energy efficiency appliances


  • Working with local community
  • Mission-based activities


  • Recycling areas
  • Composting


  • Water savers in showers
  • Water recycling
  • Water-wise garden

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