Backpacker Hostels in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand

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Get to know Tongariro National Park (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Tongariro National Park. To help you make friends with Tongariro National Park before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Tongariro National Park, New Zealand's first national park, is home to some of the most spectacular volcanic features in the world, with the three active volcanic peaks, Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe, and Tongariro, being the central features of the park. They can be explored on the famous Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand's most popular day walk. The walk is incredibly diverse and you will experience many different geological and biological features from start to finish. Peter Jackson's epic "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy used the first part of the walk as the setting for Mordor and Mount Ngauruhoe and its near-perfect, conical shape starred in the movie as Mount Doom. It is possible to hike to the top of Mount Doom and pretend to throw the ring into the crater as a side walk from the Tongariro Crossing.

The national park contains many towns, but the few hostels in Tongariro National Park are mostly located within the National Park Village. If it is summer, book early to avoid missing out on accommodation, as this area becomes very popular during this time. In the winter months, Mount Ruapehu transforms into one of the North Island's most popular ski fields just out of Whakapapa Village.

In the National Park Village, where most of the hostels are located, there is a corner store just off the highway junction that closes early, so if you need food or supplies, keep this in mind. Most hostels will run shuttle buses to the beginning of the Tongariro Crossing walk and pick you up upon calling them at the end of the day for a fee.

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FAQ about Tongariro National Park Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Tongariro National Park. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Tongariro National Park. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right? shows all 2 Hostels in Tongariro National Park. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 2 hostels in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Tongariro National Park such as
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Your Packing List for Tongariro National Park

Your Packing List for Tongariro National Park

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Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Tongariro National Park and New Zealand.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Tongariro National Park Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Tongariro National Park, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
2 Total number of hostels
Most Tongariro National Park hostels are located in
National Park Village
8 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Erua (16 Km / 10 mi.)
National Park Village (18 Km / 11 mi.)
National Park (17 Km / 11 mi.)
Ohakune (24 Km / 15 mi.)
Raetihi (33 Km / 20 mi.)
Turangi (35 Km / 22 mi.)
Taihape (51 Km / 32 mi.)

Travel Tips for Tongariro National Park - from the Community

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