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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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)

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Thank Jakob S
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

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... More 

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Thank dirk707
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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.

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Thank Ydaysko
Paris, France
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14 reviews
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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... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
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,... More 

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Thank nicolastrawbridge
Rotorua, New Zealand
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Reviewed 10 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... More 

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Thank penelopest
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Reviewed 14 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... More 

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Thank Shelby W
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Reviewed 6 June 2016

Booked a double ensuite room for 2 nights in June. The place is tidy & has all the stuff you'd expect. It's close to the center of town (walkable) but a little further down a quiet street. The heaters in the rooms are tiny though - barely made a difference, which is kind of important when it's minus 4 degrees... More 

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Thank Gabelong
Jerusalem District, Israel
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 5 March 2016

My wife and I stayed here before and after our Tongariro Crossing. It was an excellent decision to stay here. The kitchen facilities are excellent, the common room is warm and appealing, and our en-suite room was fine. Over and above everything else, the staff and owner were very helpful and supportive when we missed our scheduled shuttle back from... More 

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Thank ZVIMO
Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 February 2016

As an older married couple we prefer ensuite facilities and therefore don't stay at backpackers accommodation very often, but if they were all like this we'd stay at them more often. The premises were very clean and tidy - the general signage, reminders and kitchen labelling of everything being cases-in-point. Our room was small but functional with an ensuite that... More 

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
In your room
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Internet
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  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Parking
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  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • 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 Rangi Tautahanga Rd | Waikato, Turangi 3334, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Turangi
Price Range: €24 - €73 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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“wear your puffer jacket to bed”
 of 5 bubbles Gabelong, 6 Jun 2016 | Read review
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“Tip: State Highway 1 traffic can be noisy at night, best to keep bedroom window closed.”
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