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

  • The Homefront - A Glimpse of the Taupo District During WWI (Oct 25th - Nov 18th) The Taupo District was sparsely populated at the time of the Great War (1914 - 1918), yet many men from the area went to fight and some never returned. In commemoration of 100 years since World War 1, The Homefront ...
  • Taupo Halloween Film Festival (Oct 31st - Oct 31st) Taupo's First Annual Halloween Film Festival. Films with a local flavour that are guaranteed to make you laugh, cheer and make jump out of your skin. Tickets go on sale 24th of October at Starlight cinema. For the ...
  • Leon Wilkie, Dean Stebbing and Patrick Grey (Oct 25th - Nov 1st) This is a free exhibition of new contemporary art works by local Taupo artists, Leon Wilkie, Dean Stebbing and Patrick Grey. Gallery will be open during the Labour weekend so please bring a friend to see these ...
  • Towards the Precipice - Propaganda Poster Collection (Oct 18th - Dec 1st) Explore the world of propaganda through a collection of posters produced around World War II. The exhibition, Towards the Precipice, features Spanish, German, British and Soviet posters dating from 1935 to 1942. The ...
  • Mulligan's Halloween Party (Oct 31st - Oct 31st) Come and celebrate Halloween themed party at Mulligans. Tricks & Treats Prize for best Halloween Costume & giveaways
  • Halloween Party (Oct 31st - Oct 31st) Costume competition (Win a $25 voucher) Wear your costume and receive a free goodies bag (while stocks last) Froyo Creation challenge (Spot prizes) 25% off Froyo for the Halloween weekend Friday to Sunday

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.