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  • YHA New Zealand Turns Heads With Hostel Upgrades

    dorm room of YHA Franz Josef

    YHA New Zealand is in tip top shape after spending much of 2016 focused on the regeneration of their hostels. YHA Auckland City received a $3M makeover to make sure it’s a worthy starting point for travelers entering New Zealand. A new kitchen was installed in YHA Mt Cook (located in the shadow of the country’s highest mountain), YHA Wellington’s upper levels got jazzed up with some fresh decor, and YHA Queenstown Lakefront are due to complete renovations in April 2017. Meanwhile, there are concept plans in place for a brand new YHA Tekapo starting in 2017. They’ve been busy!

    exterior of YHA Franz Josef

    This regeneration also comes with a focus on sustainability, with solar panels installed in Wellington and Franz Josef hostels, and more to come. The association was rewarded at the 2016 Global Youth Travel awards, winning the Best Green Accommodation Initiative for their sustainability program. Even more reason to celebrate, YHA New Zealand’s managed hostels became the first accommodation network in the world to become carboNZero certified. This shows a commitment to measuring, reducing, and offsetting their greenhouse gas emissions, making them the obvious choice for the environmentally conscious traveler to New Zealand.