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YHA Nelson

59 Rutherford Street, Nelson, New Zealand

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

  • Dorm
    From $19.77
  • Private
    From $60.73
10 or more people?

Nelson Hostel

Hostel Nelson

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Nelson's YHA is a popular, comfortable hostel in the heart of the city. We are in the centre of town, handy to local cafe's, supermarkets and a short walk to the local bars. You can party in town and then relax in the comfort and security of the hostel.
The sunny garden and dining area compliment the high quality kitchens and lounges. Use the hostel as a convenient base for visiting Nelson's attractions or simply relax with a selection from the (extensive) free video library. Hostel features:

- Sauna available.
- Guitar and piano available (free).
- Foosball, air hockey and many games free for your use.
- Heated rooms and extra blankets, pillows & hot water bottles available at no extra charge in winter.
- Airport shuttle picks up from the front door.
- Free luggage storage available.

To do in Nelson:

Discover the home of 'Wearable Art', explore the Abel Tasman and two other National Parks, enjoy a wine or craft beer tour and treat yourself at the renowned Nelson market (beside the hostel every Saturday). Experience the thrill of the unique 'Skywire', skydive or paraglide, enjoy a mountain bikers mecca, or kayak the coastline and hike for a lifetime. Discover why Nelson is one of the most popular places to live in New Zealand. All of these activities and more can be booked at reception, just ask our friendly staff.


Prices are non-member prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 14:00 and 21:00
  • Please contact hostel if arriving after 20:00
  • 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
  • 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



Nice hostel! No Windows in the 4pers dorm. A bit loud around the weekend...) But the service was perfect! Awesome staff!


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Thu 19 Mar 2020

Great to have the lockers available for what I needed. Friendly, helpful staff. Free bread in the morning - perfect for making sandwiches on the morning I set off for Abel Tasman trek.


Avatar for Louise


Wed 18 Dec 2019

Pros: Great location, lots of info and great value for money tours Challenges: Mattresses and bunk beds structure need some love. Not uncomfortable but could be better Not enough soap to wash dishes: the liquid in the bottle is way too diluted in water Smaller kitchen needs more pots/pans One dollar extra when paying with card


Avatar for Marta


Tue 05 Mar 2019

I suggest YHA include quality of and convenience of internet access (cable, Wifi) in their surveys, as this is very important to most users/members. Quality of internet access at Nelson YHA was fair.


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Ian Yann Ronald,

Sat 08 Nov 2014


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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