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

  • 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!? ...
  • Taupo Sculpture Trust High School Design Competition (Sep 13th - Sep 23rd) A display of planning drawings and marquettes from the finalists in the local high schools sculpture competition. This annual competition is organised by the Taupo Sculpture Trust and this year's design theme is WWI.
  • 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 ...
  • Artist Demonstrations and Talk - Taupo Art Connection (Sep 20th - Oct 5th) Come along and meet some of the Taupo Art Connection artists during our exhibition. You can chat to us and watch as we demonstrate our favourite techniques using different mediums in our own individual ...
  • Formula Challenge Racing Driver Experience Day (Sep 20th - Mar 8th 2015) At Formula Challenge, we pride ourselves at being able to deliver New Zealand's best motorsport experiences. With over 20 years of experience behind us, Formula Challenge is New Zealand’s only Qualmark-endorsed ...
  • Taupo Car Club Clubmans (Jun 22nd - Sep 21st) Be par of the action that is the Taupo Car Club Winter Series Clubmans. Open to all club sport licence holders. An entry form can be down loaded from the Taupo Car Club website. This is free to spectators. Pack a picnic ...

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.