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

  • Motorsport Park Public Test Day (Sep 3rd - Mar 25th 2015) Please note: 7th and 23rd January, 4th February, and 25th March 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 ...
  • Motorcycle Only Public Test Day (Oct 22nd - Oct 22nd) Only $125 per rider, garage included! Free Lunchtime Sausage Sizzle to warm you up for the next session! To check out our terms and conditions go to www.tauporacetrack.co.nz and click on ‘Events’. Cash, ...
  • 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 ...
  • Mandarin Chinese Classes (Oct 16th - Dec 18th) Free language & culture classes at Taupo Library. Over 10 weeks, you will learn some basic Mandarin, try your hand at writing some Chinese characters & Pinyin, and discover more about Chinese culture, including food, ...
  • 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 Car Club hosts the IRC Summer Series (Oct 25th - Oct 26th) Cost: $5 per spectator, per day, or $20 per car, per day. The above includes parking on the embankment, and grandstand access. Spectators are welcome to bring ...

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.