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4.0 of 5 Hostel   |   56 Kaimanawa Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand (Formerly Action Downunder YHA)
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Ranked #24 of 36 Specialty Lodging in Taupo
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 4 weeks ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Singapore, Singapore
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30 reviews 30 reviews
27 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

About 10 minutes walk from the i-site. Quiet area, generally quite hostel with a lot of families staying. Great, clean kitchen. Nice outside sitting area. Spacious rooms as well with a lot of moving (non-long-stay-WHVs) travellers so always clean and tidy.

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Hobart, Australia
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Somewhat a rudimentary YHA. Rooms small but well maintained. Everything immaculately clean and maintained throughout kitchen, common room, laundry. The bathrooms are a stand-out - these are new, well provisioned and exceptional. It is obvious the staff take clear pride is maintaining the YHA to a very, very high standard. And remember, 1 week free Telecom YHA wifi . .... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Stayed in July 2014 during winter with some friends. Booked two rooms, the room I was in was for two person with an ensuite bathroom. The room was very small,a bit hard to move around, but it was bearable since we only stayed there for 2 nights. Very clean room and bathroom though. Plus, they also provided complimentary coffees and... More

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Thornton, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This hostel reminded me of all the wonderful experiences I had at summer camp as a kid. Beautiful location, facilities are clean and well-kept. Just not heated very well, and you also have to go outside to go between rooms, hence feeling like I was at camp. The four-person room was very tiny, but the lounge was big enough and... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Not one of the better YHAs. Its small and has a very strange cabin style layout. I stayed for 2 nights. was very quiet and felt sad. saying that the facilities were pretty standard to all other yhas and were clean.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

The rooms have very thin walls and no carpet which makes room very cold and Noisy. There is a heater which has a timer for 30 mins. It was very cold and stormy night and was very tired to get up every thirty minutes and turn on the heater. Went to Urban retreat hostel on third night because it gets... More

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YHANZ, Manager at YHA Taupo, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and we are sorry your stay with us was not up to your expectations. You make a couple of points we’d like to help future guests with. In terms of the cold weather and heaters in rooms. We are more than happy to provide guests with extra heaters and blankets during colder nights and please... More

Buenos Aires, Argentina
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

I had a very nice experience. Compared to other YHAs this kitchen was a little bit smaller, but I guess its ok because its a small hostel anyway. It can be noisey for sleeping because of the gigantic washing machines installed downstairs, sometimes the kitchen shaked so much that it looked like a little earthquake. The staff is very nice... More

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Newcastle, UK
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

Nice staff, quiet area and plenty parking but the place felt run down and old. Most YHAs are in pretty good shape and this one needs a makeover. Handy walkable access to the lake and town plus it has pretty views from the kitchen deck. Doubt I'd stay again.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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97 reviews 97 reviews
12 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

We stayed in the family ensuite room with our own balcony and a great view of the lake - all be it a way from it. The people who worked there were friendly and gave us the heads up to go to the hot springs in the river. Good tv room and kitchen etc. We use the YHA a lot... More

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53 reviews 53 reviews
6 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We stayed at 4 bed dorm for couple nights while we were at Taupo. the set up was two bed (not bunks) on either side of the wall. The room is average-ish. Good place to stay prior or after doing the Tongariro walk. Plus - It located outside of the town centre (about 10-15 mins walk) so it was quite.... More

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Address: 56 Kaimanawa Street, Taupo 3330, New Zealand (Formerly Action Downunder YHA)
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — YHA Taupo 4*
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With only a 5minute walk to the town centre, we are located in a quiet part of town and are the perfect place to relax with a large sun filled spacious deck overlooking the lake and mountains beyond, hammocks to doze in, a garden to chill out in, and a wide a variety of comfortable accommodation to sleep in. Great facilities, high standards of cleanliness and friendly staff make this the perfect base for your stay in Taupo. ... more   less 
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