YHA New Zealand managed hostels closes
After operations running over 89 years Coronavirus has impacted yet another global travel brand with 11 YHA New Zealand manged hostels will shut down on the 15th December 2021, while the domestic bookings rose significantly it wasn’t enough to offset the drop in internationally travellers. YHA guest bookings up to and including these dates remain in place and hostels will be operating as usual until then. YHA are cancelling and fully refunding all bookings for stays after the closure date over the coming weeks.
It’s important to know that this is limited to the properties they manage directly;
YHA Auckland International, YHA Rotorua, YHA Wellington, YHA Christchurch, YHA Lake Tekapo, YHA Aoraki Mt Cook, Wanaka, YHA Queenstown Central, YHA Queenstown Lakefront, YHA Franz Josef and YHA Te Anau.
This does not affect the 23 individual properties operated under the YHA NZ brand which will continue to operate as normal;
YHA Ahipara Holiday Park, YHA Bay of Islands The Rock Adventure Cruise, YHA Paihia, YHA Whangarei, Whangarei Falls Holiday Park, YHA Waitomo Juno Hall, YHA Taupo Finlay Jacks, YHA Gisborne, YHA National Park Backpackers, YHA New Plymouth Sunflower Lodge, YHA Whanganui Braemar House, YHA Picton The Villa, YHA Nelson, YHA Golden Bay Annies Nirvana Lodge, YHA Westport TripInn, YHA Punakaiki Te Nikau Retreat, YHA Hokitika Birdsong Backpackers, YHA Hanmer Springs Kakapo Lodge, YHA Arthurs Pass Mountain House, YHA Springfield Smylies, YHA Kinloch Wilderness Retreat.
YHA National Board and senior management have worked closely with YHA’s primary lender to ensure all prepaid bookings are fully refunded and staff entitlements are retained through this closure period.
“YHA staff have been incredible during extraordinary times” says General Manager Simon Cartwright, “It is an ending none of us wanted but we want to make sure we exit in a way which ensures our people are not left out of pocket.