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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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183 Total Reviews
  • 81%Value For Money
  • 79%Security
  • 86%Location
  • 79%Staff
  • 79%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 79%Facilities

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We had a great experience... Thanks!


Great staff and helpful. The climb wall is nice, but most people are not skilled with Petzl belay devices. Could have a larger common room, although the kitchen and dining room did nicely. Lubricating the door hinges and pneumatic door cylinders would knock back late night building noises.


No qualms regarding this hostel, favourite thing was the location as it was very close driving distance to the Mount Doom walk! Great place for people that want to do the climbing wall, however i didn't stay long enough to try.


Bathroom was great and most things were fine. It wasn't really very social when we were there. Our bed was uncomfortable because you could feel the springs. Also, they charge you for wifi and even if you pay it costs a fortune to buy enough data to allow you to stream. Also the data was running out at a much more accelerated speed than normal.


Nothing is done to say welcome, no visit, showers not good. Pretty bad for a backpacker.


Nice place ,private rooms were nice just needed a towl hanger.


Really nice hostel. Beds were comfortable and the room was nice. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Really enjoyed my stay here. Just wish it was longer.

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We are glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your nice comment.


Definitely this hostel has tradition. It has a good kitchen area with freezers and large dinning tables with a nice view to the Volcano. The Climbing wall, good information from the staff, hiking equipment for rental and having a pub right in front of it are a plus. Downside are the bathrooms that, nevertheless being clean and good, are outnumbered (Only three showers).

Owner Comment (Hide)
Thank you for your positive comment. Yes, we have 3 gents and 3 ladies showers for the 4 dorm rooms and standard double and twin rooms. Our other rooms are all with ensuite bathroom. Sorry, that you had to wait. Once off the Tongariro Alpine Crossing bus, a hot shower is the first thing everyone is heading for.


Functional hostel, could do with a face lift. A better communal area would make a more welcoming atmosphere.


No free internet, no free climbing. The bathroom was a bit cold.good localization, close to Tongariro.


Nice rooms, free wifi, but showers were cold

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