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“Excellent base for Tongariro Alpine Crossing”

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Riverstone Backpackers
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Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Excellent base for Tongariro Alpine Crossing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

The two of us stayed in Riverstone Backpackers for two nights in early January in a double room. The purpose of this trip was to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and this was a perfect place to stay. We organized our own shuttle for the crossing however the staff at Riverstone are happy to help with this and are full of tips and recommendations to ensure that you enjoy the experience. However, Riverstone does have select opening hours and it can be difficult to check in if you arrive outside these hours. We arrived just after 5pm and the staff were away and we could not find anyone to assist us to check in for an hour. We recommend that you contact management ahead of time to double check the process for out of hours check in if you are going to be late.

Riverstone has a gorgeous indoor/outdoor patio area including a BBQ, hammocks and plenty of relaxing seating and places to eat dinner. The kitchen facilities were some of cleanest and highest quality that I've seen for a backpackers. Our room was clean and functional. We ate dinner both nights at Cafe FHGC at the climbing wall around the corner. Delicious burgers and very cheap. Overall I would highly recommended this backpackers to anyone.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

After walked the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, we drove to Turangi. As we always preferred the smaller hostels, we sticked with Riverstone, and it proved to be a good decision.

This is a small hostel with 30 beds or less total. We booked a double room which was quite a luxury one: it was bright, very spacious with a huge and comfortable bed, electric blankets, etc. The kitchen was the best I have met while in New Zealand, with tons of pens, plates, dishes. We were quite amazed with inner and outer lounge areas!

The shared bathroom was spotless with endless how water. Off-street parking is available. The wifi is just $5 / day and the supermarket is just 2 minutes of driving away.

The guy at reception was friendly and helpful, however he seemed he had smoked too much sometimes. :)

It was the perfect place to rest after the Crossing. The relaxing atmosphere was priceless!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2012

Some hostels are just made to make the most money in no time. Some others are here to welcome travelers from everywhere, and make they enjoy their stay.
This one is far from these usual examples : everything is made to make you feel good, from the great outdoor place (this hammock !) to the very clean and huge kitchen place, and this works pretty well.
The staff is super-friendly, and in no time, if you want it, you're just part of it.
The services are huge, from simple information to Tongariro alpine crossing booking, and every question about the region has its answer.
TV, (almost) free WiFi (5$ for all the stay, can be refunded), BBQ, clean bathroom...
If you want a nice stay in a peaceful place to take your breath from a long walk, or a long road trip, then this place is the best.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Taupo, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

Very friendly and clean place. Wonderful!
Very friendly and clean place. Wonderful!
Very friendly and clean place. Wonderful!
Very friendly and clean place. Wonderful!
Very friendly and clean place. Wonderful!
Very friendly and clean place. Wonderful!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2012

We really enjoyed our stay in Turangi. The people who worked there are very friendly and helpfull.
The Tangoriro crossing was really awesome! They have electric blankets, very nice, after a cold day walking. The hostel (kitchen,bathrooms and rooms) were very clean.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Manhasset, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

I can't even remember how I stumbled upon this spot while booking my trip but I'm glad I did. It's by far the nicest hostel I've stayed in so far in New Zealand and perhaps one of the nicest hostels I've stayed in anywhere. If you're into "boutique" hostels that avoid the ratty, partying backpacker stereotype but are still social and inviting, this is the spot for you in Tongariro.

The owner, who happened to be spending a night at the hostel while I was there, has clearly made the place a passion project since opening it a few years back. The place can feel a little too fastidious at times (my only complaint), but if that's a trade-off for such a well laid out and upkept place, then I'll take it. The current managers, Sabrina and Jan, are super helpful, laid back, and wonderful hosts.

Prices are very reasonable, especially with BBH. Turangi is a very pleasant, chilled out town. The nearby New World is super convenient. Don't miss the Grand Central Fry! Cheap, awesome fish and chips and burgers, including a surprisingly great veggie burger. Though if you cook (which I don't), Riverstone has a wonderful kitchen.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2012

We loved staying here (especially when we were the only ones there). It was spotlessly clean and beautifully designed (the doors are designed so that they cannot slam - really rare in a hostel!) with a really nice outside area. When we were there though, the manager was dealing with an incredibly stressful situation relating to his other job - which I sympathised with (and hope had a positive outcome). But it did mean that I felt I was being annoying whenever I asked him any questions, which wasn't ideal.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Riverstone Backpackers
Address: 222 Te Rangitautahanga Road | Waikato, Turangi 3334, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Turangi
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Turangi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riverstone Backpackers Turangi is an independently owned and operated boutique lodge & hostel, offering quality Tongariro accommodation, up to date information, and transport for exploring the Tongariro Crossing and the Tongariro Region. We have modern facilities and a homely and relaxed atmosphere. There are native gardens, flash kitchen and a large deck and in winter often an open fire. Riverstone is frequently rated by BBH Backpackers and on TripAdvisor Specialty Lodging, as the very best Tongariro Crossing accommodation. Top Rated Accommodation BBH 94% 2016 Trip Advisor 94% 2016 Lonely Planet 'Top Choice' 2016 Free WIFI Tongariro Crossing Shuttle Modern Facilities Best Information ... more   less 

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