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Taupo Urban Retreat
4.0 of 5 Hostel   |   65 Heu Heu Street, Taupo 0000, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #20 of 36 Specialty lodging in Taupo
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“I Love Taupo Urban Retreat!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

Taupo Urban Retreat is a friendly hostel with great staff! There is a bar with happy hour 7-8pm every day! It really is the cheapst place to drink in town. Saying that it is not too noisey to stop you sleeping well. The bar closes at 10.00 and the staff make sure its quiet so everyone gets a good night! Its a great atmosphere and its really easy to meet new people too, and if you fancy playing beer pong the guys at reception will make sure it happens for you.

They make a Chili meal every evening which is great if you dont fancy cooking for yourself! its a good feed!

There is a common area and a TV lounge with a massive range of movies to choose from! Its really close to Town, and the Lake, the staff will help you arrange any travel or activites you may want to do! And there is alot to choose from!

The staff are great and really friendly, and I loved it so much I jumped off the stray bus and extended my stay for weeks!

I would definately recommend this hostel to anyone going to Taupo!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

We stayed at Urban retreat for two nights and it was lovely! The hostel has a great cosy atmosphere and a good layout for meeting people easily. The rooms are very clean and nicely decorated and there is a garden too which is cool! Awesome dvd list, great 1 hour free internet and a pretty cheap bar! The staff are really helpful and know a lot about the area and what you can do. The location is perfect, close to the lake front and also close to the bars and restuarants. I am definitely going to reccomend this hostel to fellow travellers!

Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

Not the best hostel I've stayed in, but also not the worst.
The interior of the hostel is really nice, with a cosy common area, small kitchen and a good bar.
The atmosphere in the hostel is really good, especially at night when people gather around for a drink. Seems like the kind of place you can easily make friends. Lots of big groups from Stray and Feejee Experience coming in every week. In walking distance of restaurants, bars, supermarket and Lake Taupo. Got a really good plate of Chili Con Carne on the day of arrival!

But there's also a downside.. Even tough we are living in 2012, they still have no WIFI available. Which is a little annoying, but not a big deal if you have enough public computers available.. But there is only 2 computers for the whole hostel! They give you 60 minutes of free internet, which is a good thing, but also means everybody wants to use the internet and therefore the computers are never free. Little annoying when you need to book your bus, next hostel, want to skype with family or upload your skydive-photos.

There is a shared bathroom which didn't look very clean to me, and because the big groups are all leaving at the same time in the morning they can be very crowdy.

And last but not least, the 4 bed dorm I booked was so small that it could not fit 4 backpacks in there. Two of the guys in my room had to put one backpack on top of the other because there was simply no space to store them both. So not worth paying the extra money for the 4 bed dorm..

If you are looking for some friends to hang out with and like to have a nice bar in your hostel, this is honestly a good place to go. But the lack of Wifi, extremely small room and crowded, unclean bathrooms made me move to YHA after 2 nights.. Which I liked much better.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

This hostel was the best i have stayed at during my time in New Zealand. The staff were fantastic, they would help you if you were in trouble and in need of assistance. The location of the hostel is great not to far from town centre. I would recommend my friends to stay here. Also if there was an activity that you wanted to do they would book it for you for free.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2012

The hostel is well located in Taupo with a nice outdoor space and plenty of communal space. I opted to stay in a 4 bed dorm which was quite small and cramped, but perfectly adequate. The staff were really friendly and the hostel it seems aimed to make sure everyone had a good time but made sure the fun ended at a reasonable hour. They do good backpacker meal deals, on the night I was there you could get chilli and a beer for $7. We also got a free 1 hour internet voucher which was broken down into 20 minute units so you didn't have to wait too long for a turn on 1 of the 3 PCs in the reception area. I would definitely recommend this hostel

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

I woke up in the morning finding out I lost my passport on a boat i was at a night before. They were extremely helpful, arranged a ride for me to catch up with the rest of my group, plus everyone was very pleasent and nice. great hostel. would recommend hands down.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012 via mobile

I have stayed here twice in the past and really like this hostel. It has a bar serving cheap drinks but still manages to steer away from being a party hostel and it's always quitet by 10:30pm in consideration for those who are up early. The staff are really friendly and helpful and there's a lovely outdoor area for chilling in the sunshine

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 65 Heu Heu Street, Taupo 0000, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #20 of 36 Specialty lodging in Taupo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Taupo Urban Retreat 4*
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