YHA National Park

Description

The YHA National Park hostel is the closest backpackers to the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand’s National Parks of Tongariro and Whanganui and dual World Heritage area. With magnificent views of the volcanoes right from the doorstep, the National Park hostel accommodation ranges from budget backpacker beds to private ensuite rooms. Other facilities include a fully equipped kitchen, BBQ area, internet access and a laundry and drying room which is especially useful after tackling the Tongariro Crossing or a hard day’s skiing at Mt Ruapehu.
 
There is a friendly, social environment at the YHA National Park Backpackers which is partly due to the fact that the hostel has been built around a challenging 8 metre high indoor climbing wall! Open daily with 55 different climbs, gear hire and free instruction, you must give this climbing wall a try while staying at YHA National Park.  There is a bar/restaurant just next door and other amenities like ski hire, postal services and takeaways are a short walking distance from the National Park hostel.

National Park Backpackers have their own bus to go to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, summer and winter, departing daily, weather depending. In winter there are guided trips available. Their ski bus to Whakapapa ski field departs from the front door at 8.30 am, return 4 pm. Mountain Bike transport to the 42nd traverse is available on request. Check directly with the hostel for the current prices of these services. The hostel is a booking agent for Whanganui River Trips, Intercity bus, Northern Explorer train and Interislander ferry.

By Car

Via SH4 from North/South or SH47 from East.

By Bus/Shuttle

Intercity and Naked Bus.

By Train

800m. The Northern Explorer to Auckland Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday
The Norther Explorer to Wellington Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

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  • Bicycle Storage
  • Bus to Tongariro Alpine Crossing
  • EFTPOS
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mastercard
  • TV Room
  • VISA
  • Walk one of New Zealand’s best one-day hikes – the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
  • Northern Circuit, 3 days around Mt Ngauruhoe
  • Ruapehu crater climb, 1 day climb up to the still active crater
  • Skiing/snowboarding on Mt Ruapheu (June to October)
  • 42nd Traverse, Fishers Track and Old Coach Road Mountain bike trails
  • Whanganui River trips, 1-5 days
  • River Rafting on Tongariro River, half day
  • White water kayaking on Whakapapa River, half day
  • Scenic Flights

Events

  • Mindfulness Yoga Retreat (Aug 22nd - Aug 24th) Lost in dreams of the future, dramas of the past? Learn to drop the stories and connect with the present moment. Rediscover the beauty of now with Yoga tips and tools for developing mindfulness. Mindfulness is a ...
  • Drive a Racecar (Jul 30th - Dec 31st) Come along and drive either the awesome Ford or Holden V8 or the stunning Formula Challenge single seater! Who else in New Zealand offers you the chance to drive either a race-prepared V8 or single seater racecar!? ...
  • Language of the Line (Aug 16th - Sep 16th) Throughout history, drawing was regarded as the foundation for artistic practice and is considered one of the major forms of expression and creativity. Language of the Line is an exhibition celebrating the art of ...
  • Kimono Revisited - Recycled Kimonos by Maxine Parkin-Jones (Aug 17th - Sep 9th) The fascination of the kimono is still strong for Maxine Parkin-Jones in her third exhibition titled ‘Kimono Revisited’ at Taupō Museum. However the theme of recycling gives this exhibition its point of difference. ...
  • Taupo Fun World (Aug 17th - Oct 26th) Taupo Fun World is going to be open every Sunday from the 17th august 2014 at Ricoh Taupo Motorsport Park. We cater for kids aged 1 to 10 to come out to the Taupo Motorsport Park in shed B to bouncy around and have ...
  • SPCA Cup Cake Day (Aug 25th - Aug 25th) Get involved to fight animal cruelty by purchasing a cup cake from our stall outside Whitcoulls on the 25th August 2014. The SCPA receives no government funding. Fundraising initiatives like Cupcake Day are vital to ...

YHA offers a range of accommodation to suit groups of all types. Find out how YHA can help your group with their accommodation, transport and activity needs.

Each hostel offers a range of accommodation options for your group. Please email our Customer Services team or phone freephone (within NZ) 0800 278 299.