YHA Taupo

Description

YHA Taupo is centrally located with just a 5 minute walk to the Taupo town centre and the lakefront. Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake, situated in the adventurous Central North Island region, half way between Auckland and Wellington. Rafting, skydiving and the world famous Tongariro Crossing are just some reasons to come and stay at YHA Taupo.

YHA Taupo consists of double, twin and multi-share backpacker accommodation in the main building and a fully self-contained lodge which is perfect for group accommodation. Some of the private rooms have ensuite bathrooms. The grounds around YHA Taupo have tent site accommodation, a BBQ picnic area, a clothesline as well as hammocks in the garden.

Relax on the large deck with mountain and lake views. Get to know other backpackers over a game of volleyball or table tennis. YHA Taupo also has a classic video library in its cosy lounge and WiFi internet access for those days when you just want to take it easy. This secure YHA Taupo hostel offers a warm and friendly backpacker accommodation.

 

Quote

"YHA Taupo is an excellent and welcoming modern YHA hostel, close to town and with good lake and mountain views from the kitchen and BBQ balcony." -The Rough Guide to New Zealand

By bus

The bus stop is outside the i-SITE on Tongaririo Street which is about 800 metres to YHA Taupo.

From Tongariro Street, turn right on Horomatangi Street, then left on Kaimanawa street. We are located on the corner on the Kaimanawa and Tamamutu Streets. 

From the airport

There is no bus or shuttle service from the airport. Hire a taxi for the 7 kilometre journey. Prices vary.

Get directions on Google

  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Disabled Facilities
  • EFTPOS
  • Internet Access
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Mastercard
  • TV Room
  • VISA
  • The Lake Taupo region is part of the Taupo Volcanic Zone and Thermal Explorer Highway. Within this area you’ll see spectacular steaming cliffs, geysers, boiling lakes, bubbling mud pools and floating rocks called pumice
  • For those of you looking for adrenaline activities you can bungy jump or swing
  • Take in the views of Taupo and the Great Lake from the skies above with a Tandem Skydive
  • Discover the Great Lake’s secrets by setting sail aboard Barbary, an eco-friendly restored 1920s yacht. Marvel at Maori rock carvings, learn the region’s history and even be one of the crew by hoisting the sails and having a turn at the wheel
  • Take a day trip and walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, voted as one of New Zealand’s best one day walks and one of the best walks in the world by the Lonely Planet
  • You can also experience the Volcanic region on an off road Quad Bike adventure
  • Taupo is home to many cycling and mountain biking tracks for those of you who like to get out on two wheels
  • Like fishing? Why not try trout fishing in The ‘Trout Capital of New Zealand’
  • Huka falls is the largest falls on the Waikato River and the most visited waterfall in New Zealand and is not to be missed
  • For those wanting to relax soak in one of the many thermal Hotpools Taupo has to offer
  • In the winter Taupo makes a great base to access the ski and snowboard fields they are just an hour’s drive away.

Events

  • (Mar 1st - Dec 6th) First Sunday of every month at The Ploughman's Restaurant & Bar, the Whoopee Band leads a fun-filled couple of hours of singing and ukulele playing. Everyone is welcome, you don't have to play, just come along and enjoy ... Ploughman's Restaurant and Bar
  • (Jun 20th - Aug 3rd) Te Hau - The Wind, is Taupō Museum’s annual celebration of Matariki (The Maori New Year). Hokia ki o maunga kia purea e koe I nga hau o Tawhirimatea. Return to your ancestral mountains to be cleansed by the ... Taupo Museum
  • (Jul 31st - Aug 2nd) Once again we have invited some recognised experts to engage with you and share their incredible knowledge and passion for their individual areas of specialist expertise. Designer Nat Cheshire has strong opinions to ... Huka Lodge
  • (Aug 2nd - Aug 2nd) The Taupō Youth Wind Band will blow you away with this performance which brings to an end Taupo Museum's Matariki celebrations. This event is part of the Taupo Museum's annual Matariki celebrations which include an ... Taupo Museum
  • (Aug 2nd - Aug 2nd) The great aspect of ink is that each type behaves in different ways. This session will take a brief journey through a number of 'happy accidents', effects and how to purposely create and extend them. The workshop will ... Art School Taupo
  • (Aug 2nd - Aug 2nd) It's a rare day this tutor sticks to one medium for a piece of work, never mind a series. Variations in texture, contrast, subtleties of colour and finish are all made more dynamic and surprising when mixing even two ... Art School Taupo

YHA Taupo has a separate building that can be reserved exclusively for your group, accommodating up to 30 people.

Click here to read YHA New Zealand's full Groups Brochure.

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Taupo can cater for up to 105 people across 29 rooms.

Room types available are:

  • 1 x 8 bed multi-share
  • 3 x 8 bed multi-share ensuite
  • 2 x 5 bed multi-share
  • 7 x 4 bed multi-share
  • 1 x 4 bed multi-share ensuite
  • 1 x triple
  • 11 x twin and double rooms
  • 1 x single
  • 2 x double rooms with ensuite facilities.

The accommodation

YHA Taupo has a separate lodge from the main hostel which sleeps up to 30 and can be hired exclusively for your group. The main hostel has 4 - 8 bed shared rooms and double, twin and single private rooms, some with ensuite facilities.

The hostel has shared single sex bathroom facilities conveniently located close to the bedrooms.

Group Breakfast

Continental breakfast can be provided upon request for $10 per person. It includes a choice of cereals, yoghurt, fruit, toast and spreads, tea, coffee and juice.

Free WiFi for Group Leaders

We know being a group leader is tough work at the best of times and you need to stay contactable as much as possible to keep things running smoothly. To help you stay connected YHA offers provides group leaders with free high speed WiFi during their stay.  

Free Booking Service

A free booking service is provided for all land-based domestic travel and activities including: Interislander and Bluebridge ferries, Tranzalpine, Tranzscenic and Overland trains, Intercity coach travel and local shuttle services.

Contact our Group Coordinators

Contact YHA Taupo direct 07 378 3311 or email taupo@yha.co.nz or our national groups coordinator 0800 278 299

Download YHA Taupo Group Information