YHA National Park Backpackers & Climbing Wall Reviews
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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
Good place to stay for doing the Tongariro Crossing or for exploring the national park. It was clean and comfortable with nice showers and good kitchen facilities. You had to pay for the wifi, but that's common in NZ hostels. Would recommend.
Not the cleanses but free wifi and good location
Follow blog link below for full review. Not really a lot of services on the small drag where this is located, but the hostel seemed kind of cool. Also a climbing gym. No WiFi and super cold (was there in the winter), but people seemed nice enough. I only stayed overnight, but seemed like an interesting place if you're into climbing. http://www.howdareshe.org/hostel-review-yha-national-park-backpackers/
Very nice place but the staff would like to charge us 5 dollars to use the shower after our stay! (we spent one night and we arrived around 6pm and left the day after at 6am - less than 12 hours). Fair price to the stuffs that they rent to do the crossing
The rooms are great; very cozy & spacious. The rest of the hostel is clean as well. Only complaint is that the mattress was quite thin and fairly uncomfortable for me to sleep on.
Cold rooms poor showers that didn't go very hot! Very clean and good kitchen though
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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.
So convenient for the Tongariro Crossing and and all round great hostel.
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.
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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.