Taupo Urban Retreat Backpackers
Set next to a bus stop on a busy street, this low-key, casual hostel is a 6-minute walk from the scenic Lake Taupo and 6 km from whitewater rafting on Huka Falls.
The straightforward private rooms and shared dorms come with Wi-Fi (fee), and en suite or shared bathrooms. Dorms add lockers and bunk beds. There's no air-conditioning.
Amenities include a laid-back bar, a guest kitchen and a TV room, plus a terrace and coin-operated laundry facilities. Free parking is provided, and bike rentals are offered for a fee.