YHA National Park


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
  • 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


  • Motorsport Park Public Test Day (Sep 3rd - Jan 28th 2015) Please note: 10th and 24th September 2014, and 23rd January 2015 are open to cars only. 22nd October and 7th November 2014 are open to Motorcycles only. Please go to our website for more information. all other ...
  • Suzhou Disabled Persons Federation Exhibition (Sep 27th - Oct 20th) This mixed media exhibition on scrolls is touring from Taupo's Chinese sister city Suzhou. The China Disabled Persons' Federation is a national organisation for disabled people established in Beijing, China in March 1988 ...
  • Connections - Taupo Art Connection (Sep 20th - Oct 14th) After gaining much momentum since their conception two years ago, Taupo Art Connection has a new collaboration of works. The exhibition entitled 'Connections' celebrates relations and associations and will showcase ...
  • Toddler Time- Spring! (Oct 1st - Oct 1st) Join us for an 'In the Garden' themed Toddler Time. Please dress up as your favourite bug or flower. Suitable for ages 5 and under.
  • Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 Tournament (Sep 28th - Oct 4th) The inaugural Jock Hobbs Memorial National Under 19 Tournament takes place in Taupo from Sunday 28 September to Saturday 4 October. The tournament comprises 16 seeded teams, one from each of the ITM Cup Provincial ...
  • Prawn Fishing Competition (Sep 27th - Oct 11th) Huka Prawn Park's School Holidays Prawn Fishing Competition is back. Starting Saturday September 27th and running everyday in the Holidays. Great daily prizes to be won and a grand prize valued at $500. Automatic entry ...

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.