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  • Very good36%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Lively, cosy, and comfortable with stunning views out to Lake Wanaka and the mountains, YHA Wanaka is an incredibly popular hostel year-round. Our relaxed, welcoming vibe and open plan living/dining area get rave reviews in the likes of Lonely Planet. Our excellent communal facilities include several communal areas to relax in, plus a roaring log fire, pool table, reading area, balcony, and movie room. We're on hand to help you make the most of your time in Wanaka and can offer a free travel and activity booking service.
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Property amenities
Free Parking
Laundry Service
Self-Serve Laundry
Non-Smoking Hotel
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Golf course
Room features
Non-Smoking Rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Mountain View
Lake View
HOTEL CLASS
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All reviews purple cow the kitchen great location double room free pool table private bathroom self contained unit bunk beds communal areas lake view new zealand minute walk great kitchen stayed for nights central location great facilities a great place to stay
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This hostel was fantastic. It has a really nice view of the lake and it's in an ideal location for Wanaka. It's spacious with heaps of cool and clean facilities like the big kitchen, laundry room, drying room, reading room, TV room. The movie night...More

Thank NickP2340
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our stay here. Dorm rooms are super spacious and have ensuite bathrooms which we loved. It’s an excellent location, walking distance to the lake and all bars and restaurants. Would highly recommend staying here.

Thank 50avrilm
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Loved this hostel it was super chilled and set up really nicely. Great big and clean kitchen. The room was nice and spacious too and powerful shower which is an added bonus. It was cool that it offered a free pool table which obviously I...More

Thank kwilly95
Reviewed 10 October 2018 via mobile

Very spacious lounge area and kitchen, nice warm rooms and a great view of the park and lake. Can't beat the location either, the entire town is pretty much a 5 min walk. Highly recommend staying here.

Thank ofrizzzle
Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

Perfect location with the view of the lake and mountains. 1 min away from the New World Supermarket. Lots of comfortable seating and log fire to keep the place nice and warm and extra blankets in bedrooms too. Plenty of plug sockets in common area...More

Thank MaddyRH22
Response from YHANewZealand, Manager at YHA WanakaResponded 11 June 2018

Thanks so much for your review Maddy. We think we have the best view in town too if not the country!! Helen Bell - Hostel Manager

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Hui L
12 August 2018|
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Response from Barry D | Reviewed this property |
Xin Chao, washing and drying using machines in New Zealand is always a charge, about $3-4 dollars each. Regards Barry PS some motels may have washing machines that are free to use, but you will pay more for the room.
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Response from RawrrItsssAlexx | Reviewed this property |
There is a local ski Hill just a 30 minute drive. Cardrona as well as treble cone!
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"The motel type rooms"
203barryd
30 Apr 2018
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"self-contained are best"
DeborahM1528
28 Apr 2018
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"If you are traveling in the summer, ask in advance about electric fans and fly screens."
jennagenio
1 Feb 2018
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"All rooms are great"
GeordieManners
29 Jan 2018
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PRICE RANGE
US$25 - US$101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
yha wanaka purple cow hotel wanaka
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Wanaka YHA The Purple Cow
LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandOtago RegionWanaka
NUMBER OF ROOMS
32
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