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Amherst, Massachusetts
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great little hostel! The staff is fantastic, very flexible and helpful. This is a great location to stay at for hiking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. It's clean, has a well equipped kitchen, fantastic patio, and a cozy common room.

Thank Jennysnow
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We arrived very tired to check in only to find out someone had screwed up and lost the reservation. The poor woman at the desk (wasn't her fault) was beside herself. She called her boss who told her to tell us "too bad, hope you find a place to stay." Not good customer service. We blame the problem on the...

Thank martic
Reviewed 6 January 2017

Riverstone Backpackers had a great atmosphere in the kitchen and common space. It was close to town. There was a lot of great information posted all over the walls about places near by and recommendations. The hostel offered a shuttle to the Alpine Crossing, however when I turned down the offer by the owner, he said "Good luck" as if...

Thank Jspek
Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Very good Hostel in Turangi. Its clean and has nice workers. Would always recommend it. Also near to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing which gives an awesome sight over the local area. (only 30 minutes with the car and there are also infopapers at the hostel)

Thank Jakob S
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed 23 November 2016

One of the best backpackers I've come across in New Zealand. Turangi is a very convenient place to start if you want to tramp the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and this place arranges a shuttle for you if you want (45 NZD return). Good facilities and good service. There is an awesome deck outside to relax and a massive wooden table...

1Thank dirk707
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Small, cosy hostel in a quiet location in Turangi. Really clean, friendly staff, good wi-fi and decent beds. Common areas are homely and social, even a welcome log fire for those sub-zero winter nights. Great base for exploring Lake Taupo and Tongariro. Would recommend and return.

1Thank Ydaysko
Paris, France
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

We liked: nice staff, nice distribution of rooms and common areas like kitchen. Nice terrace that we could not use unfortunately due to bad weather. The room looked comfortable with a large double bed that we were very thankful for. All would have been perfect, would even have been our favourite hostel if not for following: The toilet seat had...

2Thank Gisela R
Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 25 September 2016

My partner and I and our two kids (6 & 9) had a wonderful stay at Riverstone. Great location for our trip up the mountain. Well equipped kitchen, clean amenities, cosy bedroom with nice linen, drying room, lots of info about the area - loved the copy of the treaty on the wall! Fine collection of NZ art house movies,...

1Thank nicolastrawbridge
Rotorua, New Zealand
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed at Riverstone last night. The kitchen was clean, with a cozy fire place to warm up to. All the basic necessities were provided - free wifi TV indoor and outdoor lounge area parking clean toilets towels provided. The only downside was the lack of an online booking system and the room was really cold at night despite the...

1Thank penelopest
Reviewed 15 June 2016

I stayed in Turangi for a couple of nights so that I could do the Tongariro Crossing. Rob was fantastic for helping book the bus and get all the info I needed in order to do the crossing, and the bus even picked me up directly in front of the hostel! Riverstone itself is a beautiful hostel. It's very homey...

Thank Shelby W

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
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  • Conference Facilities
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 

Additional Information about Riverstone Backpackers

Address: 222 Te Rangitautahanga Road | Waikato, Turangi 3334, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Turangi
Price Range: RM109 - RM339 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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