11 YHA hostels closing
The Youth Hostel Association of New Zealand (YHA New Zealand) says it is permanently closing 11 hostels because of the unsustainable financial position created by Auckland’s lockdown and New Zealand’s international border restrictions. Hostels set to close under the YHA New Zealand’s management are 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. They will all close on December 15. It is not clear howmany staff will be affected. YHA NewZealand general manager Simon Cartwright said 23 individually owned and operated associate properties would continue to operate as normal. All prepaid bookings will be refunded, and staff entitlements paid, he said. ‘‘It is an ending none of us wanted, but wewant to make sure we exit in a way which ensures our people are not left out of pocket,’’ Cartwright said. YHA New Zealand is a not-for-profit that was established in 1932 in Canterbury.