YHA National Park Backpackers & Climbing Wall Reviews
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Good place to stay if you are planning on doing the tongariro crossing. There is not a lot to do around as national park village exist just to accommodate hikers. They offer a shuttle bus for $35.
Excellent base for visiting Tongariro and we appreciated the advice from reception re where to eat and what to do.
Nice and quiet, if a bit pricey. Kitchen was well-equipped and spacious. Beds weren't super comfortable. I was in a loft bed and had to climb over someone to get into my bed. Mike at the front desk was so kind and helpful!!!
Nice place. Nothing too special, but does where it is for.
This place was good for one night. Very simple living quarters and not much to do nearby. There was an overpriced restaurant just next door, and a gas station a little walk down. It was a 20 minute drive down to the trails you can hike, so it probably would have been better to book a place closer to there. The staff was really knowledgeable - we asked him which hike we should do with the time frame we had, and he was great!
The only reason for my stay at this hostel was the location for the tongrariro crossing. However, due to weather it was not possible. For everybody with the same problem I suggest to leave as soon as possible. The hostel is quite expensive and you are charged for everything (movies, wifi). The kitchen lacks the basics like coffee/ tea/ salt/ pepper. I think next time I would try to do the crossing with a shuttle from taupo.
no bathroom on the second floor where all the dorms are? 2 toilets? 3 showers? there must be 60+ beds. TRIPLE story bunk beds? seriously?
I really liked my stay at the hostel, staff is superfriendly and competent, there's a huge kitchen and climbing wall inside the building and a dry room. the only shop in the village is a 1 minute walk away.
- Novice Nomad
- Male, 25-30
- (1 review)
An older building, but with a cool 70s ski lodge charm to it. Everything was clean, tidy and worked. Good communal areas. Walking to the bathroom through the climbing wall in the middle of the night was a novel experience... :)
Very nice hostel, and the staff was really helpful booking our stuff to do the crossing. Our room was off the climbing wall so any noise in that area echoed into it but all the facilities are very nice. Nice big kitchen also.