YHA Mount Cook, Mount Cook Village
YHA Mount Cook, Mount Cook Village
YHA Mount Cook, Mount Cook Village
YHA Mount Cook, Mount Cook Village
YHA Mount Cook, Mount Cook Village
YHA Mount Cook, Mount Cook Village
YHA Mount Cook, Mount Cook Village
YHA Mount Cook, Mount Cook Village
YHA Mount Cook, Mount Cook Village
YHA Mount Cook, Mount Cook Village
YHA Mount Cook, Mount Cook Village
YHA Mount Cook, Mount Cook Village

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YHA Mount Cook is one of the very few hostels available here. It is part of the YHA franchise in New Zealand, and you do get a discount on your bookings if you have a membership with YHA.

The Location

YHA Mount Cook is conveniently located on the edge of the town, near the main road. Hence, the hostel is a good base for travelers who want to get to the various attractions and hikes around Mount Cook. It is a fifteen-minute walk to the iSite and Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Centre. The local bus service, Intercity, stops right at the doorstep of the hostel, making it easy for incoming travelers to check in. The hostel is also a mere three minutes' drive away from the only petrol station in town, so it is convenient for drivers to top up their fuel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Bed rooms are well equipped with power points, a mirror, a bin, and lights. Each bed also has its own reading light. The bed and pillows are comfortable and clean. The blankets are nice and warm, perfect for the cold temperatures in Mount Cook. For guests who prefer extra blankets or pillows, they can be obtained for free from the reception.

The toilets are clean and spacious with more than enough cubicles for all guests. There are also accessible cubicles specially designed for the disabled. The bathrooms are shared by all the different dorms. The showers have warm water, and the temperature can be adjusted. Soap and shampoo are not provided.

Common Spaces

There is a sofa lounge beside the dining room with four large couches surrounding a fireplace. The fireplace uses actual fire and provides ample heating for the room. The TV room is separate from the sofa lounge, and contains numerous coaches and a large flat-screen TV with a wide selection of movies to watch. There is also a sauna room and laundry room, which are free to use for all guests.

The kitchen is well equipped with multiple fridges, more than a dozen stoves, a baking oven, and a huge array of cooking utensils. There are also shelves for guests to store food. Although the kitchen can get busy during dinner time, there is sufficient space and equipment for everyone. As Mount Cook does not have a supermarket, the hostel has set up a mini grocery store at the front desk where you can buy cooking ingredients or snacks at reasonable prices. The hostel also provides cooked meals services at a fee.

The hostel comes with free Wi-Fi in the rooms and lobby, but the reception can be pretty slow, because Mount Cook is located in a remote location. The hostel also provides tour booking services at discounted prices, allowing you to conveniently make plans at the reception. There are also bicycles available for hire, which is convenient for guests traveling without a car.

Summary

Due to the large selection of rooms in the hostel, YHA Mount Cook caters to the needs of all kinds of travelers. YHA Mount Cook provides all the amenities a traveler needs, from basic laundry facilities and Wi-Fi, to the more unique, value-added services like a sauna. Hence, for any travelers stopping by the area, a stay at YHA Mount Cook should not be missed.
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YHA Mount Cook, Mount Cook Village
YHA Mount Cook, Mount Cook Village
YHA Mount Cook, Mount Cook Village
YHA Mount Cook, Mount Cook Village
YHA Mount Cook, Mount Cook Village
YHA Mount Cook, Mount Cook Village

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Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer C. Willy

Published on 2017-06-27

Description

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Location

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Address: On the corner of Bowen & Kitchener Drives, Mount Cook Village, Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand


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Phone Number: +64 3 435 1820

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews


HI - YHA Mount Cook Hostel is the only hostel available in Mount Cook, thus is the most affordable for the budget travelers. It is about ten minutes' drive out of the main village centre, so is only accessible by car or bus. The hostel is clean -- the bathrooms/lounge/kitchen are superb! This hostel has a small convenience store but food is pricey so we recommend doing your grocery/beverage shopping prior to arriving Mount Cook.

The Location

It is about five minutes' drive out of the main village centre, and is only accessible by car. It is surrounded by three hundred-sixty-degree lovely scenery of the mountains. We recommend booking this hostel in advance, as it can be fully booked very fast.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Unlike other hostels of its kind, the rooms are spacious, clean, and smell excellent! The rooms are very secure. The disadvantages are that the majority of the beds are foam and not comfortable, and the bunk beds are squeaky. Despite these, we love the bedrooms as they smells so great! There are lockers to hire in the hallways.

There is a bathroom with two separate showers where the dorms/rooms are located plus a private bathroom on the other end adjacent to the TV room. The private bathroom has a small area with hooks for your clean clothes and towel, plus a small rack for your bathroom utilities, and space for you to change prior to stepping out of the bathroom. The sink and adjacent shelves are made from stainless materials.

Common Spaces

Common spaces include one big kitchen with three big stoves and a number of common spices and salt bottles for communal use; a separate dinning area; a small but cozy lounge room; a separate TV room and computer/internet room; sitting areas -- there is outside seating excellent scenery to enjoy lunch during the summer months; and a small collection of books. Travelers tend to stick in their small groups to cook/each/chat/watch TV, so don't expect a social hostel.

Summary

Overall, we love this hostel. The atmosphere is excellent and it is clean, tidy, fun, secure, and in a great location. This is the only hostel that we found has a good smell in the bedroom/dorm rooms. We must also add that there is an awesome small sauna room. We highly recommend this hostel to budget travelers.

Loyan

(Australia)
2010-01-30


Pretty good -- not that you have a choice anyway!

It's not the best YHA in New Zealand but considering its remote location, it's pretty good. The kitchen was a bit congested and the sauna wasn't working but other than that a very comfortable, cosy place to stay.

Keith

(UK)
2008-04-07


Impressive for a hostel with no local competition

Overall a warm, comfy, hostel with clean dorm rooms. The bunks could do with a bit of an oil and there wasn't really much space to store your stuff but we had a really enjoyable stay. Also has a well organised kitchen and helpful staff.

Rosy

(New Zealand)
2008-03-15


Ok hostel, great location

I stayed here back in Sept. 2005. This place kinda seemed to have a "cliquey" vibe with most of the people staying there with was a little irritating. It was quite cozy though -- really comfortable beds and a really cool location. Mt. Cook is like right there. Definitely go on some hikes around the area -- it was beautiful when I was there and the scenery was some of the best I've seen anywhere. The only game in town for backpackers -- worth staying here just for the natural beauty.

Kelbo

(USA)
2007-09-08


Not much choice around but our room did have a pungent odour -- smelt like gasoline.

Anon

2006-04-13


You don't really have many options in Mt. Cook, seeing that there is ONE hotel, ONE motel, and ONE backpackers, but I couldn't have asked for a better place to stay. The rooms were clean, roomy, and there was an endless supply of hot water (VERY important after a long cold hike!). And the staff were fantastic. You'll be in good hands at Mt. Cook YHA!

Karen

2005-08-30

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Lockout: No