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Taupō Backpackers

from $28 /night
Dorm Rooms, Private Rooms, Apartment
Haka Lodge Taupō is a newly renovated, up-market backpacker‘s hostel in central Taupō. Our ethos places the guest experience at the heart of everything we do. Come and stay in backpacker luxury with FREE unlimited Wi-Fi, hot spa pool and stunning views of Lake Taupō.
We are also the base for the Dirt and Snow Tour - the epic winter tour that combines mountain biking, skiing/boarding and a dose of adventure in Taupō. Details are on (our sister company)

The Best Backpackers in Taupō

Come and stay in backpacker luxury with FREE unlimited Wi-Fi, hot spa pool and stunning views of Lake Taupō.

We offer a variety of up-market dormitory rooms for those travelling on a budget, and a wide range of private rooms for those who like their own space on the road.

We welcome travellers from all over the world, which means you never know who you might get chatting to in our large comfortable lounge, sunny outdoor patio, and modern kitchen.

Why Stay With Us?

The hostel has been set up by world travellers with all your backpacker needs in mind. We have a fully equipped kitchen, fluffy pillows, and that’s not even mentioning our volleyball court, BBQ, hot tub, and super central location.

We also know that your trip is about experiencing the beauty of New Zealand – that’s why our sun-loungers have uninterrupted views across Lake Taupō to Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro – a perfect place to relax after an adrenaline-filled day in Taupō.

We also have an in-house travel desk where our friendly staff can assist you with booking unmissable local activities such as the famous Tongariro crossing, legendary skydiving and the best cultural tours on offer.

Please let us know when you book accommodation with us if you would like us to also pre-book your activities – this can avoid disappointment during busy seasons. Our staff are here to make your stay in Taupō a special time to remember.

Great Location – We are located within walking distance of downtown Taupō and Lake Taupō, with amazing views!

Newly renovated with high quality equipment! – Haka Taupō opened in December 2015 with all new equipment in our bedrooms and communal areas.

Best Bunk Beds in Town – Our bunks are custom built with privacy curtains, charging points, lights and storage.

Hotel Quality Mattresses – We don’t believe staying at a backpackers means sacrificing comfort – that’s why we have hotel quality mattresses in all of our rooms – even on our bunks!

Free Unlimited Wifi – Our whole lodge has free unlimited wifi for you to use during your stay here – so whether you want to watch Netflix or Skype home, we’ve got you covered.

Awesome BBQ area!  – Our outdoor area is the perfect place to chill out and unwind after an adventure packed day in Taupō

Eco-friendly – We love our planet and our oceans and we try to minimise our impact on the world around us by recycling everything we can and not using single use plastic if we can help it! We also recycle all of our food waste in our two on-site worm bins! We use refillable bottles for our soaps and cleaning products and the water in our taps is safe to drink, so no need to buy plastic bottles either! 

Our office Hours – 8.00 am to 8.00 pm daily – late arrivals by prior arrangement – Check in time after 2.00 pm – Check out time 10.00 am. Please advise us of your arrival time prior to your stay at Haka Lodge.

Our dorm rooms are great for socialising with fellow travellers, but still being able to get a good rest. We have top of the line bunk beds made of solid wood, and they don’t creak or squeak when climbing onto the top or when turning while you’re sleeping. We use hotel quality mattresses so that you always get a good night’s sleep, giving you energy to explore more of Taupō and its adrenaline filled activities

Each bunk is equipped with a power socket, a reading light and a privacy curtain to create your own space within the dorm room. We also provide lockable storage for each bunk, large enough for your whole backpack, which means your property will be safe and stored away while you enjoy the delights of Lake Taupō and our beautiful surrounding mountains.

When you stay in our dorms, it is not just an amazing bed that we offer, but fantastic facilities too. Come back from an adrenaline filled day and relax in our spa and sun beds; but if you still have energy, our volleyball court is waiting for you and your friends for a friendly game before cooking up a feast in our BBQ area and newly renovated kitchen!

Do you love the hostel atmosphere but also love your own space? Our private rooms give you an oasis within the fun and quirky atmosphere of our hostel, with comfortable mattresses and the highest quality linen, duvets, pillows and towels. Sit back and relax while watching your own flat screen TV, fitted with your own DVD player.

Take advantage of our free Wi-Fi to stay connected with everyone back home, upload your photos or check in on Facebook and let everyone know where you are in the world. Each of our rooms have their own quirky style, with unique artwork and each room is lockable, meaning your luggage and property is safely stored while you are out exploring the beautiful city of Taupō and its surroundings.

While we offer a range of private rooms, so you are sure to find the right one for you, and for days when you just want to chill out, we have a large living area, indoors and outdoors, a comfortable atmosphere and free Wi-Fi throughout the hostel. We have Freeview in the lounge on our large flat-screen TV and a DVD player with a selection of DVDs for you to enjoy

Looking for a bit more privacy and luxury when visiting Taupō?

Our Studio is fully self-contained, with parking, private entrance and everything else you need during your stay in Taupō. The studio has a queen size bed, an ensuite bathroom and a kitchenette. It is the perfect place if you want to meet other travellers but still maintain all of your independence.

Our one bedroom apartment sleeps 4 and is fully self-contained, including a kitchen with oven, microwave and all the cooking equipment you need, as well as a large dining area. Beds consist of a king size bed in the bedroom as well as a sofa bed and futon bed in the lounge area. The lounge is large and spacious with a private balcony and mountain views, flat-screen TV, and DVD player.

There is also FREE UNLIMITED WI-FI for all guests. The bathroom is fully equipped with a bath and large separate shower. Our apartment is a fantastic place to base yourselves for your stay in Taupō.

We are centrally located in Taupō and only a short walk from the Lake side. We are also within walking distance to restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. We are just a few minute walk away from the bus station and we have free onsite car parking for guests.

Check-in is from 2pm to 8pm, however we always have a night manager onsite if you were to arrive let. Please do let us know in advance so that we can arrange a late check-in for you. Check-out is at 10am. If you would like to leave your bags with us before/after your stay, please do let us know and we would be happy to help!
We have a car park at the lodge for our guests. There is no charge for our car park. Please come and talk to us if you have any problems finding a space when you arrive.
Yes! All of our lodges have slightly different facilities, however most of our amazing bunk beds have large under-bed storage lockers big enough to fit a large backpack or medium-sized suitcase. You must provide your own padlock (most lodges sell these) & all luggage is stored at the owner’s risk. All of our private rooms are accessed via key.
You are very welcome to bring alcohol that you have purchased and drink it in the common areas. We ask that you please don’t bring it into the bedrooms, and please be mindful of other guests during your stay.
We have a strict policy of no-smoking inside the lodge, but you are welcome to smoke outside. Please do it away from the building to be considerate towards others.
We require credit cards as a security measure. Please note, we will charge this if you fail to show up for your booking, leave without paying, you cause any damage, or cause the fire alarm to go off (it is a $1,500 charge!). Please be careful around heaters and take care when cooking.
  1. We require full payment upon check in. Credit card details are required to confirm a booking.
  2. A deposit is not required, except for bookings over $300, which will be charged the first night’s payment at time of booking. This is refundable for cancellations made 48 hours before arrival date.
  3. All prices quoted are per person, per night, unless otherwise stated.
  4. Double and twin rooms sleep two people, but may be booked for one person only. In this circumstance the room rate will apply.
  5. Prices are quoted in New Zealand dollars, are subject to change without notice, and all persons are obliged to pay the overnight price current at the time of reservation.
  6. Haka Lodge, its employees and contractors accept no responsibility for personal accidents, injury suffered or loss or damage to personal property while on hostel property. Travel Insurance is recommended.
  7. The minimum age of guests is 18 years old but the Hostel Managers may accept bookings for under 18’s at their discretion.
  8. Haka Lodge, Haka Lodge Managers and staff retain the right to refuse accommodation at any time.
  9. Should your plans change, please contact the hostel directly as soon as possible.
  10. Whilst every endeavour will be made to ensure you are accommodated in the same room throughout your stay, due to limited availability at time of booking, it may be necessary for you to change rooms. If applicable, you will be advised of this at check-in. You will be accommodated in a room of similar or higher standard to that originally booked.
  11. Due to limited availability at time of booking, multi-share accommodation for two or more guests may be provided in separate rooms. Every endeavour will be made to ensure this does not occur, but should this be necessary you will be advised at check-in.
  12. Bookings made through a third-party booking site are subject to that site’s terms and conditions. Please be aware these may differ from ours.
  13. During special events, or for the duration of a special offer, different terms & conditions may apply.
  14. Haka Lodge Group are not responsible for any loss or damage to property during your stay with us. If you feel something of yours has been stolen, please report it to reception and we will take you through the necessary steps to report this to the authorities.
  15. If you are caught using or stealing any other guest’s property and/or food, you will be asked immediately to leave the premises and charges may be laid against you.
  16. All non-guest visitors to Haka Lodges must make themselves known and sign-in at reception on arrival.
  17. Non-guest visitors are NOT allowed on Haka Lodge premises between 8pm-8am. Non-guests found on the premises between these times will be served with a Trespassing Notice and reported to the authorities where appropriate.
  1. Check in time is 14:00. If you arrive early, we offer free luggage storage until your room is ready.
  2. Check out time is 10:00. If you fail to check out on time, you will be charged a $50 late check out fee to the credit card you checked in with.
  3. Valid ID will be required at check in. Passports, driving licenses or government issues ID will be accepted.
  4. Any voucher given when booking pre-paid accommodation (from iSite etc) must be presented at check in. Full payment will be required if you do not have a voucher.
  1. Amendments to the date of arrival cannot be made on the day of arrival and will be treated as a same day cancellation. This is regardless of the time of booking.
  1. We will take full payment for the first night of your booking & the rest of your reservation will be cancelled.
  1. For cancellations notified 48 hours or later – no charge.
  2. For cancellations within 48 hours – we will take payment for the first night of your stay.
  3. We will take full payment for the first night of your booking & the rest of your reservation will be cancelled.
  4. If you have booked through a third party site and wish to cancel, you must do so through that third party site. We cannot cancel third party bookings.
  1. If the number of people in one room exceeds the number of beds paid for, Haka Lodge reserve the right to request payment for the extra guests and a trespass notice may be issued for everyone involved. In this case, no refund will be given.
  2. Any damages to the room or Haka Lodge property will be charged to the credit card given on check in.
  3. We accept moderate, social alcohol consumption on Haka Lodge premises, but management reserve the right to ask overtly intoxicated guests to leave the premises and refuse them future accommodation where deemed appropriate.
  4. Alcohol may only be consumed in communal living areas, such the lounge, kitchen or outdoor deck area and we ask that most drinking be done before 10:30pm in respect of other guests.
  5. Drugs are not permitted on Haka Lodge premises.
  6. Guests who set the fire alarm off with excess use of aerosol, use of matches or smoking cigarettes, will be charged the full fire service call out fee of $1500.
We are the base location for the truly epic Dirt and Snow Tour. The tour is an adventure lovers dream and includes two days of mountain biking and two days of skiing/boarding and a free day here in Taupō to kick back or to take in one of the many adventure activities on offer. The tour is run by our sister company Haka Tours - check it out here.


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