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YHA Nelson

59 Rutherford Street, Nelson, New Zealand

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Overall Rating 88%

YHA Nelson is a comfortable and popular 5-star hostel in the heart of sunny Nelson city and close to iconic cafes and restaurants.


Nelson Hostel

Hostel Nelson

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Known as one of New Zealand’s cultural capitals, Nelson is a great destination for groups looking to combine the activities of a culturally diverse city with easy access to nearby country pursuits.

Centrally located, our group accommodation in Nelson has all the amenities that any group needs to make a trip here a success. It has a huge array of activities on offer and a dedicated team on hand to organise tours and excursions.

A must-do for all groups staying in Nelson is a visit to the Abel Tasman National Park. Once here you can hire kayaks, follow walking trails or take to the water on a cruiser for a different perspective of the stunning landscape.

The National Parks of Nelson Lakes and Kahurangi are also worth visiting for great views and hiking.

For a gentler day’s activities why not take a stroll up the Centre of New Zealand walk from Nelson’s Botanical Hill and enjoy stunning views over Nelson city and Tasman Bay?

Then spend some time soaking up the famous Nelson sunshine on one of its many great beaches.

Take some time out to discover Nelson’s arts and crafts trail (the famous market is situated right next to the hostel) and fashion lovers should pay a visit to the outstanding WOW museum - where the World of Wearable Art began.

For foodie groups looking to enjoy the wine heritage of this area, then why not ask at reception about some local wine-tasting tours?

With free guitars and a piano at the hostel, water bottles provided free of charge if it’s chilly and a film library of more than 350 movies available for guests to watch, the Nelson YHA knows how to make a group feel welcome. Why not make an enquiry now?

Group facilities & services

Group facilities & services
  • Parking for coaches (on or near site)
  • Linen and towels
  • Rooms for leaders and drivers
  • Catering/meal service
  • Meeting room/communal area for group use

Hostel Suitable For

  • Friends/Family
  • Interest Group
  • Other
  • School Group
  • Sports Group
  • University/College Group
  • Tour Operator
  • ESN



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Games room
  • Garden
  • Sauna
  • TV room
  • Table tennis / ping pong
  • Terrace / patio


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen
  • Vending machine

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Computers
  • Computer Charges - Charges Apply
  • Wifi
  • WIFI Charges - Free
  • Internet Cafe Nearby

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Basic Shop
  • Car parking nearby
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Rental
  • Cycle Storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available
  • Locker Type - In Room
  • Luggage Room
  • Luggage Room Availability - Available during hostel reception times
  • Travel / Tour Desk
Opening times

Opening times

Open all year

From 08:30 to 20:30
From 14:00 to 20:30

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. +64-3-5459988

Fax. +64-3-5459989

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Abel Tasman National Park (More than 10km)
  • Nelson Art & Craft Market (At or next to the hostel)
  • Adventure, Wine & Sightseeing (At or next to the hostel)

See the full list of attractions


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (2 to 3km)
  • Cinema (Less than 500m)
  • City Centre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cycle trails (1 to 2km)
  • Golf course (3 to 5km)
  • Gym (500m - 1km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (2 to 3km)
  • Local market (At or next to the hostel)
  • Mountainous Area (3 to 5km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (Less than 500m)
  • National / State Park (More than 10km)
  • Nightlife (Less than 500m)
  • Parks / Green Area (1 to 2km)
  • Restaurants (Less than 500m)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (1 to 2km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (Less than 500m)
  • Swimming pool (1 to 2km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (Less than 500m)
  • Theatre (At or next to the hostel)
  • Wooded Area (More than 10km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Nelson Airport is 6km from the hostel
Most buses drop off at the hostel. Intercity bus drops off at a bus stop 100m away
Taxi and Supershuttle drop off and pickup at our Hostel
Alternate Transport
City Centre location At or near hostel
Parking is available at or near 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
  • Educational programs


  • Recycling areas
  • Growing own vegetables


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

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