Media Release

18 November 2015

YHA New Zealand welcomes Finlay Jack’s to its network of 45 of New Zealand’s best backpacker hostels.                                     

YHA Chief Executive, Mark Wells, is delighted at the development. He says, “Partnership relationships such as this enable YHA to maintain a strong brand presence in key destinations across New Zealand. We are particularly pleased to welcome Finlay Jack’s into the network – it is a great hostel reflecting not only YHA’s quality standards, but also our values.”

Hostel manager, Finlay Smith, has been a Taupo local since he was ten when he moved to Taupo from Reporoa. Finlay has been running the hostel since August 2015 with a small and dynamic team. Finlay believes Taupo is the perfect location and he enjoys passing on his local knowledge to guests. Finlay says, “Taupo has a fantastic tourism industry with awesome activities. There’s always something going on and the people are friendly and chilled out. For me, Taupo is definitely home.”

Guests staying at YHA Taupo can enjoy the updated and refurbished hostel with a range of shared and private rooms, full kitchen amenities and lounge, sunny garden and spacious balcony with mountain and lake views.

Finlay Smith is thrilled to now be a part of the YHA New Zealand hostel network which also adds him to the worldwide club of over 4,000 youth hostels spanning 80 countries. He says, “I look forward to taking on a global brand and seeing what it has to offer.”

About YHA Taupo, Finlay Jack’s:

·         Located at 20 Taniwha Street

·         Purpose-built, city-centre hostel

·         Private single, twin and double rooms and shared dormitories

·         Most rooms have ensuites

·         Internet access including free WiFi

·         TV room, comfortable lounge and library exchange

·         Fully equipped self-catering kitchen

·         Outdoor garden with BBQ

·         Luggage storage and lockers

·         Laundry facilities


About YHA New Zealand

The Youth Hostels Association of New Zealand, (YHA New Zealand) is a not-for-profit association that was established in 1932 in Canterbury. With a national network of 45 hostels, YHA New Zealand provides high quality budget accommodation to New Zealanders and international travellers. YHA New Zealand is a committed advocate of sustainable practices. For more information please visit: http://www.yha.co.nz.



To learn more about this please contact:
Mark Wells, Chief Executive, YHA New Zealand
166 Moorhouse Ave, Christchurch
03 353 9197
Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 5.00pm


Finlay Smith, Owner
07 378 9292
7 days, 8.30am – 8.30pm
20 Taniwha Street, Taupo


For high resolution photos please contact:

Brindi Joy, Marketing and Communications Executive, YHA New Zealand



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