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YHA National Park Backpackers & Climbing Wall Reviews

Finlay Street, P.O.Box 89, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

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107 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 76%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 84%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 88%Cleanliness
  • 86%Facilities

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Staff were very helpful and friendly, they made the stay a great experience. Thanks so much.

  • 25th May 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)


Overall, great hostel; close to Tongario Crossing, comfortable beds, and big kitchen! You can also rent hiking boots and outdoor wear for a small fee.


Very good, clean hostel. Staff were happy to help with everything. Tongariro Crossing transfer was $30 return, which i think is standard in the town. 8 bed dorm was a good size, plenty of power supplies, and kept clean by staff each day. Internet at $5 a day, although another guy and myself did manage to connect to a free connection in certain parts of the hostel! Good sized and well-equipped kitchen. Well located, close to foursquare supermarket.


excellent service from understaffed workers. Management should pa the workers for the extra work, servive and security they provide.


The staff were short. The young woman who did our room was excellent, thoughtful, and over-worked. When a hostel is a staff member down they work longer and harder. But, this woman always provided the necessaries + advice and time as she saw that we 'needed' it. Do they get the money for the extra work they do, the extra hours they stay up, the extra security they provide, the extra layer of responsibility they provide? No. Not fair...!! She will not protest ... because her job would be ....

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for your comment. Nice to hear that you had a great stay. Re staff: We have 3 girls at the reception, their work shifts are 6 or 7 hours per day, sometimes on a split shift, and just to let you know, they are paid by the hour.


The door to our room couldn't be locked from the outside, so we left our valuables in the car. Not ideal! Apart from that, it's a good hostel. They organise trips to do the Tongariro Crossing, which is very convenient (you can book the evening before and then the bus leaves at 7 am in front of the hostel). The climbing wall is cool, too.


Most of the people stay there for two nights before and after Tongariro crossing, so this is perfect place for that. Not much more to stay, it is clean and comfy, shuttles to the crossing organized. Nice kitchen area.


A great hostel to stay at if you're doing the Alpine Crossing. Good vibe, clean bathrooms and a good kitchen. Doesn't really have much a communal area, but the kitchen acts as kind of the hub of the hostel and there's a pub next door to chill out in after the hike. They also have hiking gear for hire if you've forgotten something.


Generally a good hostel to stay at if you are wanting to do the crossing however the staff let the place down a bit. Soon after paying for our beds we realised we had been overcharged by $18. When we told the manager ( this place is family run) he didn't apologise for his error and acted quite nonchalant about it- definitely not the kind of customer service you want!

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