HI - Taupo YHA - Action Down Under Hostel



The Hostelz.com Review

HI - Taupo YHA - Action Down Under Hostel is really nice if you want to experience Lake Taupo and the mountains. As this is a YHA hostel, you will receive a discount with a YHA membership card.

The Location

The hostel is situated in a nice neighbourhood of Taupo, about a five-minute walk to the nearest shops and about fifteen minutes to the iSite and ten minutes to the main bus terminal. Bars and restaurants are all within walking distance and it's about five minutes to the waterfront. From the outside deck, you have a nice view of parts of the lake and on the mountains on the other side of it, especially if you want to watch the sunset. Stray and Magic bus will pick up from the hostel.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The hostel offers a variety of rooms, including twins, doubles, shared rooms, and dorm rooms. Some rooms are en suite, and all rooms have windows and are cleaned daily. The rooms are big enough to store your backpacks, and they do have a couple of plug sockets and a mirror. Rooms do not have individual lockers, but luggage lockers are available. The bathrooms are shared between men and women and there is an ample amount of bathrooms available on both floors. They look very clean.

Common Spaces

The TV room is located on the ground floor and offers a selection of movies. On the upper floor, you will find a deck that looks over Lake Taupo with picnic benches and a BBQ grill as well as the kitchen and indoor dining area. The kitchen is large, clean, and well equipped. A laundry room is available on the ground floor and clotheslines are available for drying outside. The hostel also has a spa pool, which was not working during our stay. Internet is available, but you have to pay for using it.


You will find lots of international travelers here that might be slightly older than in other hostels. Reception staff can book intercity buses for you and will also arrange a shuttle bus to the Tongariro Crossing that will pick up from the hostel.
by Teddylein
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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56 Kaimanawa Street, Taupo, Waikato, New Zealand
-38.687670, 176.077379 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews

Very good
Stayed here over Christmas 2008. The staff put on a BBQ on Christmas Day, which was exactly what we had wanted! Hot tub on site. Nice garden area and a balcony with seating, where you can watch the sun set over the lake. A little walk out of the centre of Taupo or up to the hot springs. Rooms were cosy but clean. Bathrooms were mixed sex -- which was fine but a little weird.
My god it's cold
reasonable place, but not a great yha. bit old and yes by god it's cold. the showers are outside. i'm cold thinking about it.
Good enough. With a hot tub.
We stayed here over Xmas 2008. The rooms are nothing flash but are kept clean. Staff are ok but not as friendly as across the rest of NZ. Having said that they organised a BBQ on Xmas day which was good craic. Only thing was that it being a YHA there was a curfew and despite the fact it was only midnight on Xmas day and we were well away from anyone sleeping we were still sent (yes, sent) to bed. YHAs are generally of a high standard but you must be prepared for early nights! Kitchen was clean and well equipped. The common room is also the TV room so if someone's watching a film the social room becomes the room of silence! Does have a hot tub -- nice. Close to town centre and the Lake and also walking distance to the hot springs (which are hot -- lovely!) and the Taupo Bungy - cheapest in NZ and also the nicest setting for a jump! All in all, acceptable without fulfilling its potential. YHA fans will love it.
Quite nice
Action Down Under is a nice, clean, and safe-feeling hostel. The kitchen's clean, and the outdoor terrace is great for enjoying the summer sun (with sunscreen on!). The reception staff were friendly enough, and they have a huge selection of films you can borrow and watch in the TV room. It is a bit of a walk from the information centre/bus drop-offs, though -- I'm glad I didn't have too much stuff to carry!
  We booked a private twin room and although it was a bit small, it was amazingly clean, as were the showers and toilets. The beds were comfy and we even had a small TV. The staff were friendly, and after watching a "dodgy" female being turned away, we felt very secure too! They were happy to spend time going through what was available and booking everything for us. We only stayed two nights, but would go back anytime.
  The best backpackers I've seen in Taupo by far -- stayed at another on my first night and had a good look around the next day after a bad experience and can highly reccomend action down under to all. had top faciltiies like a gym/spa was spotless and close to everything, very friendly staff, and free bikes which was great.
jacki michaels
  Hostel itself was pretty good, clean, and well-equipped, very friendly with a great kitchen and balcony area to socialize. Was there over St Paddy's Day and the staff gave out coupons for the Irish pubs in town, and there was a great atmosphere happening. The main drawback to this hostel is that it's a good 20-minute walk from the main drag in town, and shops and restaurants and whatnot. Not really an issue, except if you're a solo female traveler coming back late at night, the roads are pretty desolate. Also, like most YHAs, the staff at this place are very sticklerish about their "rules." But I'd stay here again, easily.
  The worst hostel I've stayed in throughout NZ. Smelly room which had a skip full of rubbish directly outside the window; a room which had to be entered by going through a corridor with 7 sleeping people in it (they had a cheek to call that a dorm!) No heating in room and indifferent staff. (May '06) A generally tatty feel. You can pay the same and get much better eleswhere in Taupo. I booked 2 nights but stayed for one.

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