YHA Arthur's Pass-Mountain House, Arthur's Pass

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House was cozy, clean, with just four couples for enjoyable time toget

The house plus guest room for 4 couples was the best environment for getting to know folks from around the world. A cozy fire led to conversation and games and it was very personal in addition to being clean plus ample room for cooking. We really enjoyed the hiking trail to Devil's Punchbowl and could have enjoyed a third night there. The caretakers did a good job as well. Most other hostels in our five week stay were larger units and not as conducive to making friends.


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.

The Location

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.

Common Spaces

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.


I also loved the cottages, the living area is shared and comes with woodburning stove and lots of good magazines. Nice grounds and there is a laundry in the back. Wobbly Kea restaurant and Bar in town is excellent, but be wary of early closing hours (as everywhere in rural NZ).


The hostel Mountain House is across from the YHA building on the main road in Arthur's Village. Actually, the same owners also run the YHA. We were told that if you arrive early, you get Mountain House dorm (the luxury dorms) but late arrivals get the old YHA, which are basically painted concrete block dorms. Check-in for the cottages is at the Mountain House reception.

We stayed at the cottages which are also part of Mountain House. They are small bungalows with three bedrooms, shared living room (with wood burning stove), dining area, kitchen, and shared showers and toilets. Each bedroom is rented separately, or you can rent the whole house. The bedrooms have individual radiators. The owners supply some firewood and starters, but the occupants are in charge of making and keeping the fire going. It was a great social setup as we all got to talk to the other inhabitants.

There is ample parking. The cottages are behind the village and it is close enough to walk. There is also a laundry (for a fee) and the grounds are nicely landscaped. The cottage we were in had good reading materials on NZ outdoors, board games, etc. The maintenance is good. Each bedroom is locked, as is the front and back door.

Merryl Edelstein

An oasis in the mountains. We stayed only a night in this hostel and shared a private house with four other people (three double rooms). Nice wooden floors, fully equipped kitchen, superb bathroom. And if i compare it with other hostels in New Zealand -- all this at a reasonable price! After a good night's rest we climbed Avalanche Peak, while our car still remained at the hostel. Great service!

kiim - Belgium

best place we stayed. had one of the cottages just up the road. owner was really friendly and met some great people. stayed for three nights, spent one day reading by the log fire whilst it pissed it down outside, just like being at home!

rach and jamie

Lovely, lovely people here, and it has a small, friendly atmosphere. It's clean. Staff are very helpful, and they have valuable local information on weather and good tracks. This is one of the best hostels we've stayed at!



Arthur's Pass is a small alpine town set deep in the Southern Alps. NZ's highest town. We are surrounded by the Arthur's Pass National Park.

The Mountain House is a unique and delightful place to base your Arthur's Pass vacation. The national park at your doorstep provides numerous day walk and tramping opportunities. In winter take your choice of five local ski fields.

Visit alpine meadows with their wild flower displays and rare native birds. Have an adventure in local caves, canyons, or climb to stunning mountain tops and glaciers.

Our accomodation includes dorms, doubles, twins and triples as well as self contained cottages

Location and Contact




Address: Main Road, Arthur's Pass, New Zealand

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Website YHA Arthur's Pass-Mountain House Arthur's Pass (if you know the URL of their website, let us know and we'll add it)
Phone Number: 64-3-318-9258
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Facilities and Amenities

Groups (10+ people)



Lockers in Lobby

Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons


BBQ Grill

Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Genders: Females Only

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 9pm to 7pm

Size: Large (60-100 beds)


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