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


  • Te Haerenga - The Journey (Jun 28th - Aug 12th) Matariki is a time to remember those that have gone before and Taupō Museum’s Matariki exhibition this year remembers the first people to come to Aotearoa/New Zealand. It acknowledges their origins and how they came ...
  • Ricoh Taupo Motorsport Park Test Day - (Jul 25th - Aug 15th) Please note that the 25th July and 15th August sessions are open to cars only. The session on 6th August is open to both cars and motorcycles. Cost: $100.00 per car for the first driver, $50 for second driver. ...
  • Auckland Youth Orchestra - HeartStrings (Jul 26th - Jul 26th) Auckland Youth Orchestra is on the road again! AYO presents a concert of love and passion - HeartStrings - featuring Edward King in Schumann's Cello Concerto. Dvorak - Carnival Overture Schumann - Cello ...
  • Drift Motorsport NZ (Jul 26th - Sep 13th) A great opportunity to watch or take part in the action packed sport of drifting. Come along and watched these talented people push their cars and skills to the limit. Novice to advance this day is for ...
  • Cat Show (Jul 27th - Jul 27th) Geyserland Cat Club is hosting a show at the Great Lakes Centre, Taupo on Sunday, 27 July 2014. Public entry is $5.00 for adults - 11 years and over; $3 for children and under five years of age is free
  • Mulligan's World Famous Quiz Night (Sep 17th - Sep 30th 2014) If you are in Taupo on Tuesday - Do not miss this Lots of fun. Quiz - Test you knowledge. Dance on the floor with DJ Panther after quiz. Great prizes to be won: - Cash Prize $150 - On House Prizes worth ...

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.