LKNZ Backpackers, Ohakune

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Friendly and Homey -- Just What you Want near Tongariro

My accommodation was in a house-style building with a common area and two kitchens (this gave everyone space to do their own thing at meal times and such). It provided everything I needed personally as well as things that would be great for a more extended stay (books, games, tv). Staff were kind, the place was clean and orderly, and the location is amazing, being in the flatlands surrounding Mt Ruapehu. A wonderful place to stay!

Age 20 | United States


The place has had a facelift and is proudly run by 2 kiwis.


Worst Hostel I have stayed at

Very bad experience staying here. We had to change our booking at the last minute and found the staff very unhelpful. A call to the owner was met with abuse and swearing. Would not recommend this hostel at all.


Matai Lodge is a fairly large hostel that is spread over a couple of different buildings. This place has all the standard hostel features -- two well equipped kitchens, laundry, payphone, internet kiosks and wireless, many bathrooms, several TV lounges, pool table, fireplace, dining room, and drying room. DVDs and videos can be borrowed for free and there is an xBox. Facilities are clean and tidy and well maintained. There is an emphasis on being environmentally friendly and great recycling system in place. Showers are not hot as the hot water seems to run out easily.

Rooms are well heated in winter. The beds are ok but not the most comfortable. The bunks are homemade wooden ones with soft foam mattresses on them and linen is provided. The main building is quite noisy when people are up and about. The doors are loud when people go in and out of bathrooms and rooms and voices travel quite a bit through the halls and the walls.

Matai Lodge is well located. It's on the main road through town. Very close to the bus stop, supermarket, and information centre. The hostel will pick you up from the train station if you come by train. They have a shuttle service to various places in the local area, including Turoa ski field in winter and the Tongariro crossing. Parking is available.

Tessha Mearing

I really enjoyed my stay here. The hostel was bright and clean, staff were friendly. It has a tv room with lots of dvds so its sociable and friendly. Heating is always on so its very cozy, but the best part was the powerful hot shower (very much needed after a day on mt ruapehu!).


Possibly the worst place I have ever had the misfortune of staying. Rude staff, tiny rooms, no character, no fun, and possibly New Zealand's worst toilets. Very few toilets per person means the toilets are rarely free, and when they are, they are invariably dirty, smelly, and unpleasant. The staff are rude and unpleasant. The location is ok in the fact that it has a few eateries nearby, but the real life is the other end of Ohakune. To stay at the Matai is simply a last resort in desperate times.

We stayed but ended up cutting short our stay due to the unpleasant atmosphere, small rooms, dirty toilets, and the bad attitude of the appaling staff. A real shame when YHAs in New Zealand are generally excellent.

Rob Clout

LKNZ Backpackers Reviews from the Web

A great place to stay in Ohakune. A really comfortable and clean place to stay. We would stay here again, its great value for money!


Liked: It's close to the town center Didn't like: It was very cold even in April - main heater doesn't work in the En-suite room and small heater provided doesn't help at all. The walls and windows are too thin and cold, so we were freezing all night.


Liked: Great extremely clean, helpful and funny staff, cheap beer at the bar, you can drink a beer and talk about random stuff with he managers. Great place to stay. Didn't like: Not much



Matai Lodge is situated in the heart of Ohakune, with magnificent views of Mt Ruapehu. Just a 20 minute drive up the mountain to Turoa ski field and only a further 20 minutes to Whakapapa on the other side of the mountain.

Take advantage of our shuttle service which provides daily transport to the World famous Tongariro Crossing as well as all other walks in Tongariro and Whanganui national park. In winter transport is also provided to Turoa ski field, or to Whakapapa ski field if closed.

Matai lodge is also the point of contact for all Yeti Tour bookings, providing guided and freedom hire canoe adventures along the idyllic Whanganui River as well as the Bridge to nowhere. 2-6 Day Trips available.

Dine at some of Ohakune's finest restaurants, bars and café's by night and shop by day, all only 2 minutes walk from the lodge.

Accommodation includes: Doubles, Twins, Family Rooms, 4 bed dorms, one 6-bed dorm and one 8-bed dorm. Shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, all bedding provided and towel hire available.

Facilities include: Two fully equipped kitchens, laundry and drying room, central heating, dining and lounge areas with pool table, X-Box, high-speed internet, two TV rooms with multi-language satellite TV, home theatre system with free DVD's and videos.
Discount available for YHA and BBH members.

Our friendly crew are happy to assist you in any way to ensure your stay with us is a pleasurable and memorable one.

We are located along State Highway 49 on the corner of Clyde & Rata Streets, Ohakune.
You can get to us by traveling on State Highway 1 and taking the Ohakune turn off on to state highway 49 at Waiouru, alternatively if you are traveling along State highway 4, you also need to take state highway 49 which will bring you here.

Look forward to seeing you here!

Location and Contact


• We are located along State Highway 49 on the corner of Clyde & Rata Streets, Ohakune.
• The Bus Stop is 40m from LKNZ (Ohakune Tongariro Crossing Stop)
• Nakedbus operates a service between Auckland and Wellington that stops in Ohakune. See
• Intercity runs regular services from Taupo to Ohakune. There are also services from Auckland and Wellington that stop in Ohakune. See
• Travelling by car on State Highway 1, at Waiouru turn off onto state highway 49 for Ohakune. Alternatively travelling along State Highway 4, turn off onto state highway 49 which will bring to Ohakune.



Address: 1 Rata Street, Manuwatu, Ohakune, New Zealand

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Website LKNZ Backpackers Ohakune
Phone Number: +64 6 385 9169
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Facilities and Amenities

+50 Traveller

Digital Nomads

Family-Friendly Hostel

Party Hostel

Quiet Rest

Solo Traveller


Luggage Storage


Bike Rental ($25)

Breakfast ($7.00)


Towels ($3.00)

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Wi-Fi in Rooms

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Entirely Non-Smoking



Hair Dryers

Hot Showers

Hot tub/Jacuzzi

Jobs/Work Available



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Outdoor Seating

Pool Table

Power Point/Sockets in Rooms


Wheelchair Accessible

Airport Pickup

Lockers in Rooms

Service Animals


Genders: Males & Females

Max. Age: All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (dorms): All Ages

Min. Age with Parent (private room): All Ages

Min. Age without Parent: 18

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 7 AM - 9 PM

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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