Where to Stay in Turangi on a Budget
Epic white water rafting rivers, world-class trout fishing and not to mention the Tongariro National Park being on its doorstep, no wonder you are looking for backpacker hostels in Turangi! Turangi is a great base with proximity to the famous Tongariro Crossing, as well as the Tongariro River with walks, rafting and fishing.
The backpacker hostels in Turangi are extremely helpful in organising shuttles to the Tongariro Crossing, as well as giving advice on the hikes, mountain bike trails and, of course, fishing in Turangi. In winter, Turangi is only a 45-minute drive from the North Island ski fields of Mt Ruapehu.
So where should you stay in Turangi? Here are, what we consider, some of the best backpackers hostels in Turangi.
1. Riverstone Backpackers
A purposely renovated budget accommodation in Turangi, Riverstone Backpackers is just a short walk from the centre of town. Relax on the outdoor covered deck and garden in a hammock after a hard day’s hiking. They have drying rooms, ideal for after your outdoor antics, and a modern kitchen so cooking won’t feel like such a chore.
Check Riverstone Backpackers out:
- Riverstone Backpackers on Booking.com
- Riverstone Backpackers on Trip.com
- Riverstone Backpackers on Expedia
2. Golden Fern Backpackers
As one of the tallest buildings in Turangi, Golden Fern Backpackers is hard to miss in the centre of town. Golden Fern Backpackers is centrally located with easy access to all of Turangi’s services. You can’t go wrong with the super spacious kitchen and relaxing lounge and outdoor areas where you can kick back in a hammock. What’s more, there’s free unlimited Wi-Fi!
Check Golden Fern Backpackers out:
- Golden Fern Backpackers on Booking.com
- Golden Fern Backpackers on Trip.com
- Golden Fern Backpackers on Expedia
3. Turangi Kiwi Holiday Park
Not a “backpacker hostel” per se but with several different types of budget accommodation, there’s something for everyone at the Turangi Kiwi Holiday Park. Stay in your campervan in a powered site, pitch a tent or stay in one of the basic cabins while making use of the communal kitchens and laundry facilities. There are self-contained cabins too. Learn more about holiday parks in New Zealand in Accommodation Guide to Holiday Parks in New Zealand.
Check Turangi Kiwi Holiday Park out:
- Turangi Kiwi Holiday Park on Booking.com
- Turangi Kiwi Holiday Park on Trip.com
- Turangi Kiwi Holiday Park on Expedia
4. Motuoapa Bay Holiday Park
Less than 10 minutes drive from Turangi is the lakefront village of Motuoapa and the Motuoapa Bay Holiday Park. Offering affordable private accommodation in a selection of quirky accommodation types, from retro Kombis to boathouses, Motuoapa Bay Holiday Park makes a fun and affordable alternative to staying in a hostel.
Check Motuoapa Bay Holiday Park out:
- Motuoapa Bay Holiday Park on Booking.com
- Motuoapa Bay Holiday Park on Trip.com
- Motuoapa Bay Holiday Park on Expedia
5. [CLOSED] Off the Track Backpackers
Located in a quiet corner of Turangi, Off the Track Backpackers is a cosy and homely backpackers with a lot of charm. Enjoy views of the surrounding mountains from their outside area. Plus, the hostel offers a free pasta and sauce meal every evening! Note that the backpackers is only open for the shoulder and peak seasons.