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5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Taupo

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Affordable accommodation in Taupo.

In the adventure capital of the North Island, there are some cool and quite quirky places to stay at an affordable price. After a day of doing the well-renowned Taupo skydive, a bungy jump over the Waikato river, or a mammoth hike on the Tongariro Crossing, it is important to find a hostel where you can relax. Additionally, the hostel staff can book your next activity and you are never too far from Taupo’s i-SITE.

With so much to do, it’s likely that you’ll want to stay in Taupo for at least a couple of days. Make your stay great by choosing one of the best backpacker hostels in Taupo!

So here are the backpacker hostels we love the most on the shore of New Zealand’s biggest lake.

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1. Urban retreat

Urban Retreat’s advantages lie in its spacious common area, which gives you the feeling of being outside without having to be outside! Natural light fills the wooden interior room. Alternatively, just sit outside… The hostel has a onsite bar and cycle hire.

Check Urban Retreat out!
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2. Blackcurrant backpackers

If you love the colour purple, then you’ll love Blackcurrant Backpackers. Previously a motel, the rooms are spacious with a few dorm rooms having single beds – no bunks! We particularly like the laundry room, as weird as that is.

Check Blackcurrant Backpackers out!
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3. Rainbow Lodge

Rainbow Lodge provides those much needed comforts in both summer and winter. Enjoy a BBQ on the deck on a summer’s evening or take advantage of the underfloor heating and the sauna during the cold winter. Did you know that Rainbow Lodge was the first hostel in New Zealand with a mixed dorm?

Check Rainbow Lodge out!
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4. Base Backpackers Taupo

One of the better Base hostels, many of their dorm rooms have ensuite. Base is close to Taupo’s bars and has some drink deals at its partner bar, Element.

Check Base Backpackers out!
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5. Silver Fern lodge

A quieter alternative in Taupo is Silver Fern Lodge. It is a motel with some dorm rooms. Not so much as backpacker atmosphere but a quiet and clean place to stay.

Check Silver Fern Lodge out!
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