YHA National Park


YHA National Park 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
  • 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


  • (Mar 1st - Dec 6th) First Sunday of every month at The Ploughman's Restaurant & Bar, the Whoopee Band leads a fun-filled couple of hours of singing and ukulele playing. Everyone is welcome, you don't have to play, just come along and enjoy ... Ploughman's Restaurant and Bar
  • (Sep 26th - Oct 11th) Huka Prawn Parks Famous ‘Prawn Fishing Competition’ is run three times a year in the School Holidays at the end of Term One, Term Two and Term Three. Fantastic Daily Prizes up for grabs as well as a grand prize ... Huka Prawn Park
  • (Sep 26th - Nov 2nd) Don Hill 2015 is an exhibition of oil paintings of the high country and rural New Zealand. Don Hill is a recognised artist well known for his ability to paint horses and portray the New Zealand high country. ... Taupo Museum
  • (Sep 26th - Oct 19th) A range of bright and colourful paintings, sculpture and mixed media artworks by local primary, intermediate and preschool aged children will be on display at Taupō Museum for the Class Effort exhibition 2015. The ... Taupo Museum
  • (Aug 1st - Oct 5th) Come along to The Re-Spin Record Fair which runs most months. There's over 2000 records to choose from at each fair. Something for all tastes. It's $5 to get including a raffle to win something great! Come along. We ... The Art Lounge
  • (Sep 28th - Oct 7th) Would you like to be an archaeologist or palaeontologist? Try your hand at excavation with the Friends of Taupo Museum. All ages. Please email cgriffiths@taupo.govt.nz or call 07 376 0414 to make a booking. Taupo Museum

YHA National Park is built around an indoor climbing hall. There are great views of the 3 volcanoes right from the door step. Most rooms have ensuite bathrooms. We have 2 kitchens, a drying room and a challenging indoor climbing hall. Bus for transfers to Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Whakapapa village and ski field, several mountain bike trails and other local locations.

Click here to read YHA New Zealand's full Groups Brochure.

Capacity and room types

YHA National Park can cater for up to 96 people in 22 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 2 x 10 bedded dorm rooms
  • 2 x 8 bedded dorm rooms
  • 2 x 6 share rooms with ensuite
  • 1 x 5 share room with ensuite
  • 2 x 4 share rooms with ensuite
  • 2 x triple ensuite
  • 2 x queen triple ensuite
  • 7 x double and twin rooms with ensuite
  • 2 x double and twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities


The accommodation

About half of the rooms are on the ground floor and the others are upstairs. All rooms have keys. The group kitchen seats 25-30 people the backpacker kitchen 30-40 people.

Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in spacious 8 to 10 beded dorm rooms, single sex bathroom facilities are situated on the ground floor,

Or in comfortable 4 – 6 share rooms with ensuite shower/ toilet. Each room has 1 double bed and 3 to 5 single bunk beds, a table and chair.

All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1 each.

Private rooms

Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in single, double or twin rooms with private or shared bathroom facilities. These rooms all include bed linen and towels.

Group breakfast

Continental breakfast can be served in our group kitchen upon request for $11 per person, needs to be booked in advance. It includes a choice of cereals, yogurt, fruit, toast and spreads (butter, jam, honey and peanut butter), tea, coffee and fruit juice.

WiFi / internet

WiFi is $5 for 24 hours, internet kiosk $1 per 15 min. Group leaders will receive a 24 hours WiFi voucher free.

Bus transport with Tongariro Volcanic Adventures (in house bus)

5 buses are available, 22 – 47 seats, and one 12 seater van, all fitted with snow chains or 4WD

Scheduled departure for Tongariro Alpine Crossing daily at 7.15 am, pick up at ~ 4 pm, other times on request, group rates are available.

Bus to the Whakapapa village and ski field/ Mt Ruapehu crater hike: departs 8.30 am with 4 pm pick up, other times on request, please ask for group rates.

Free guest pick up from Northern Explorer train and Intercity bus.

Indoor Rock Climbing Hall

Open daily 9am to 8pm, cost for groups $9 or $10 per session, depending age of climbers. The hall is 8 m high, has 30 top ropes, 55 different climbs in grades from 10 to 27, which suits beginners as well as advanced climbers. Gear hire available. Climbers under 13 years old need to bring adults for belaying.

Free Booking Service

A free booking service is provided for all land-based domestic travel and activities including Tongariro Alpine Crossing bus, Northern Explorer train, Interislander ferry, Intercity coach and local shuttle services.

Contact our Group Coordinators

Contact YHA National Park direct 07 8922870 or email nat.park.backpackers@xtra.co.nz or our national groups coordinator 0800 278 299.