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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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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Thornton, Colorado
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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52 reviews 52 reviews
13 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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12 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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Freising, Germany
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I stays here in an 8 bed dorm for a few nights, and fund it to be very clean and comfortable. Our dorm was en suite, so we had our own toilet and a separate shower. Some of the beds were bunk beds, some were not. They also offer lockers that are big enough to fit entire backpacks in and... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We stayed in a double room with private bathroom. Facilities are good, room is very clean. Receptionists' friendliness were okay. But its location a bit far from bus stop, around 15 minutes walk. Anyway,we did enjoyed our stay.

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20 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

We stayed there on 2 separate occasions. The first time was in an 8 Bed Dorm, it was completely separated from the main area, in another building entirely, so there was little to no internet. There weren't any lockers in the room and the bathroom was tiny and in no way could it accommodate 8 people. The second time we... 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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