With arguably the best location in Taupo we are just a couple of streets away from the busiest bars and restaurants and the shores of the stunning Great Lake Taupo – yet far enough away to get a good night’s sleep. Urban is only minutes away from the bus stop and supermarkets and there is plenty of free off-street parking available. We have a fun, cheap house guest Bar as well as Free, unlimited WiFi and computers, comfy beds and hot, high-pressure showers.
What do the guests say?
Guests commented how great the backpackers is to meet people and the social atmosphere with the in-house bar. They also loved the kitchen and it’s amenities.
Said the location is great
Said the amenities were great
Loved the social atmosphere
Would recommend to a friend
What are the rooms like?
We have 20 rooms and can sleep up to 100 guests in a selection of dormitory rooms as well as a few private rooms. The biggest dorm room sleeps 16 and smallest sleeps 4, some have ensuite bathrooms, others share facilities. We have 4 private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
|Internet – free unlimited WiFi is available throughout the retreat.|
|Kitchen – fully equipped kitchen, free oil and spices for our guests to cook up a storm.|
|Storage – store your luggage safely on site at our reception.|
|Lounge – cosy, communal lounge with TV & movies for you to enjoy.|
|Bar – our in-house bar offers a great atmosphere and affordable drinks with cocktails ranging from $5-$10.|
|BBQ – outdoor BBQ and every night we make our delicious chilli for only $5 ($8 with a wine or beer).|
Frequently Asked Questions
Guests can check in from 2pm until 9pm at reception. We also provide a free late check in service after 9pm.
Upon your arrival, you can ring us free on 0800-872-261 when you are outside the hostel.
Reception hours are from 8am-9pm
Please let us know upon booking if you require a late check in and we can arrange this free of charge with our 24/7 on site night porters
Check out is by 10am Can I have a late checkout? A late check out can be arrange for a fee.
Usually we do not but we can do our best to keep a dorm all female upon request.
We take cash and New Zealand debit cards free of charge. We accept all major credit cards and travel cards that use Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Union Pay for a 2% surcharge on the total purchase
Walking into the centre of Taupo can take between 2 minutes and 10 minutes depending on where in town you're headed.
We have the cheapest bar in Taupo with happy hour between 7pm-8pm. However, as we are a licensed premise with the bar on site, guests are unable to bring their own alcohol onto the premises due to New Zealand liquor laws.
Our Wifi is free for all paying guests all throughout the hostel and premise.
We are located only 2 blocks from the lake, our main entrance is facing away from the lake. When leaving our hostel, if you turn left, and take the first left at the roundabout and continue straight, past McDonalds, then turn left onto Lake Terrace with the lake to your right. There is free parking located all along Lake Terrace.
All bedding and sheets are provided and ready made on the bed for guests to check in, we also supply towels for a charge of $2 each.
We have a large variety of shops and food spots to eat within walking distance of the accommodation, including a Pak N’ Save grocery store just a 5-minutes walk away. Some of Taupo’s most popular restaurants are within a 5-minutes’ walk as well with plenty of options overlooking the lake on Roberts street.
Taupo Urban Retreat is located at 65 Heuheu Street, Taupo. Here are some things to do near this location:
- Great Lake Walkway
- Selection of restaurants and bars less than 5minutes walk
- Shops few minutes from Taupo Urban Retreat
- Mini Golf
- Hole in One Golf Lake Challenge
- Boat trips to the Maori Rock Carvings
- 5-6km walk from Huka Falls
- 20 minutes from Spa Park and hot thermal stream
- Selection of Hot Pools and Spa treatments
- Skydiving, Bungy, Rafting, Jet Boats, Kayaking
- Prawn Fishing, High Ropes, Driving Range, Golf Courses, Wake Park
- Tongaririo Crossing track transport can be arranged for pick up from hostel
- White Water Rafting transport from Hostel