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


  • Moa - Know More (Mar 15th - May 4th) They’re one of the most fascinating creatures in New Zealand’s history, and this month the moa will be showcased in depth in a new Taupō Museum exhibition. Everyone from New Zealand’s moa historian and author ...
  • Te Po - the Night (Mar 29th - May 4th) Experience the great night before the world was born at Te Po – The Night, an art exhibition and experience opening at Taupō Museum. The exhibition opens on Saturday 29 March and the main theme is the great night ...
  • Hilltop School, Taupo 50th Jubilee (Apr 25th - Apr 26th) Register for our 50th Jubilee which will be held over 25-26 April 2014 on www.hilltop.org.nz or email jubilee@hilltop.org.nz. Please share this with your friends to let ex pupils, ex teachers and friends of the school ...
  • Ye Taupo Medieval Faire (Apr 25th - Apr 27th) Ye Taupo Medieval Faire - historic merriment, Knightly fights, mumming plays, massed battles, historic arts and sciences in the Living History encampment. There will be a Medieval market with traders - All well worth ...
  • Anzac Day Drifts (Apr 25th - Apr 25th) Bring your sunnies and head down to Taupo Motorsport Park 25th April for a full on day of drifting action. The day kicks off at 9am and runs right through to 4pm. Come down and support the upcoming drifting talent of ...
  • Moa Craft Sessions (Mar 22nd - May 3rd) The Friends of the Taupo Museum invite children and families to come along and create Moa crafts on Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm during the Moa Know More exhibition.

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.