HI - YHA Arthur's Pass, Mountain House Hostel is located on the main road in Arthur's Village. The owners are very helpful and more than willing if you need their help to book for YHA accommodation within NZ. Rooms are clean and worth the money. We recommend doing your grocery shopping before arriving Arthur Pass.
This hostel is located on the main road in Arthur's Village. The reception is on the left if you are coming from Christchurch, and adjacent to the small but adequate grocery shop, and opposite to the only restaurant in the village (food is great but expensive for budget travelers). There's a small carpark at front of reception. The hostel is within walking distance to the entrance of the hiking tracks.
Rooms and Bathrooms
This hostel has bungalows with three bedrooms or private rooms with shared toilet and bathroom. In the main reception building, each room is labeled with unique names such as the "Barker Room." The shared toilets and bathrooms are small, with hooks at the back of the door in each toilet and bathroom for hanging clothes/towels.
The kitchen is big with lots of pots, pans, and utensils to use. There is a communal laundry near the kitchen (gold coins required). Take the spiral staircase behind the reception to go up to the lounge room, which has two sets of couches. The balcony is accessed from the door in the lounge room -- a great place to sit and relax with a glass of wine and three-hundred-sixty-degree view of Arthur Pass. There are two computers with internet located in the lounge room.
This is a great place to stay for a few days or longer. The backpackers are quiet but friendly. It's within walking distance to the hiking/walking tracks. Arthur Pass is small and has other accommodation, but we found this hostel to be affordable with clean rooms and adequate -- it is highly recommended.