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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.
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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.
The festival for surprises: The New Zealand Fringe Festival
With over 100 self-produced events and shows, the New Zealand Fringe Festival is a daring open-access event held in Wellington each year. Scheduled to run in February and March, past year’s event featured everything from hard-core bingo to fairytales on fire and aerial yoga, with future acts set to push the envelop with innovative performances.
The Festival for those who like it local: Homegrown
With 57 acts, seven stages and born and bred local talent, Homegrown remains a celebration of Kiwis who have made it big and a platform for new Kiwi talent. Past artists have including Shapeshifter, David Dallas, Shihad, Six60 and Ginny Blackmore are scheduled to perform on the Wellington Waterfront on 7 March. A dedicated stage for emerging artists will be set up in Frank Kitts Park, free to the public.
Wellington: Known for coffee, culture and galleries, Wellington offers inner city relaxation in spades. With more cafes per capita in the world means plenty of haunts to plonk down for a cuppa. Galleries, bookshops and a literary-inspired sculpture trail all add up to moments for stopping and pondering. Or commune with nature! Hire a paddle board from the city centre waterfront or head for the hills and discover the Jurassic-inspired (sans the dinosaurs) Zealandia eco sanctuary.
Super foodie: Moore Wilson's
Moore Wilsons is arguably Wellington’s foodie high temple. It’s a supermarket in the same way a tiger is a cat. Food is sourced from hundreds of high quality small suppliers and labelled so you know where every cut of meat, bottle of extra virgin oil or block of cheese is from. Tuck into a selection of the latter – creamy blue cheese, nutty five year old cheddars – and wash them down with a selection of apple juices. The range of tastes is astonishing for anyone accustomed to generic supermarket apple juice as each one is made from a particular variety of apple.
Craft Beer Capital: Wellington
Wellington forged a reputation as New Zealand’s craft beer capital. What you may plan as one drink in the Little Beer Quarter pub on Edward Street could turn into a multi-bar odyssey when you find a leaflet that maps Wellington’s specialist beer bars. In the last few years these have mushroomed as the city applied its knowledgeable fussiness about wine, coffee and food to beer. Small brewers are doing great business. An increasingly fuzzy ramble of discovery takes in Bohemian Hipster Pilsner in the Fork and Brewer, a Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta IPA made with tea leaves in Hashigo Zake and a feisty Parrotdog Bitter Bitch American Pale Ale in the Malthouse.
Foodie Capital: Wellington
Wellington reveals itself as being almost nerdily obsessive about what it eats and drinks. The city proudly boasts of having more cafés and restaurants per capita than New York. A gourmet themed ramble through the city centre with Zest Food Tours hones in on the really good stuff, taking in waterfront coffee roasteries, honey tasting in a Maori art gallery and a Czech chocolatier. The latter – Bohemein on Featherston Street – insists on fresh ingredients designed to be consumed quickly and concocts flavour combinations such as pineapple and black pepper or balsamic vinegar and honey.
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!