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Independently owned and operated YHA Taupo, Finlay Jacks


Hostel Details & Location

Host: Finlay Smith

Check in: 1:00 pm Check out: 10:00 am

Contact: +64 7 378 9292 Email this hostel

Reception: 8am – 8pm

Location 20 Taniwha Street,


Short walk to lake front


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How to get here

We’re on the corner of Taniwha St and Spa Rd, opposite the big red Warehouse building. On-site parking is available.


Bus: InterCity buses stop outside the i-SITE on Tongariro St, 800m from the hostel. Walk down Horomatangi St, turn left onto Ruapehu St, right on Tamamutu St and left on Taniwha St; we’re at the end of this street.
Airport: There is no shuttle or bus service from the airport; taxis are available for the 7km journey.

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Perfect for schools and large groups! Find out more

This hostel is known for its laid-back vibes and creature comforts! Chill out in the garden, relax in our cosy lounge with Netflix, meet our resident pup, and enjoy the lake view from the balcony.

Our refurbished accommodation is warm, comfortable, friendly, has great decor and options for different travel styles. Our modern kitchen, dining, and lounge areas are great places to meet other travellers. Chat to our friendly team who can help with travel tips, bike rental, activity bookings and more.

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Guests love:

  • Netflix
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor area
  • Free onsite parking
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Communal TV

Shared facilities:

  • Free WiFi
  • Communal lounge
  • Communal dining area
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Food storage area
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Outdoor area
  • BBQ
  • Recycling stations
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free onsite parking
  • 24 hour guest access

Entertainment and activities:

  • Book exchange
  • Communal TV
  • Netflix


  • After-hours check in on request
  • Luggage storage options
  • Travel & activity bookings
  • HI bookings
  • Hair dryers
  • Towel hire
  • Bicycle hire

In-hostel payment options:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • New Zealand Dollars
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Join us on Sundays for Movie Night, and Tuesdays for a pub quiz.


Some of our Taupo top picks:

  • Take a dip in the free natural hot springs nearby! Ask us for directions.
  • The Lake Taupo region is part of the Taupo Volcanic Zone and Thermal Explorer Highway, with spectacular geysers, boiling lakes and bubbling mud pools
  • Bungy jump, swing, or take in views of the Great Lake from above with a Tandem Skydive
  • We're not far from Tongariro National Park and the famous Alpine Crossing

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