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Exterior view, The Crossing Backpackers in Tongariro National Park
Twin - Bunk Bed Style - Guestroom, The Crossing Backpackers in Tongariro National Park
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Interior view, The Crossing Backpackers in Tongariro National Park
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Exterior view, The Crossing Backpackers in Tongariro National Park
Exterior view, The Crossing Backpackers in Tongariro National Park

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8.3

Excellent

29 reviews

29 reviews

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8.1

Excellent

Location rating score

Excellent location
Parking
FREE
Nearby landmarks
Tussock 12.5 km
Edge to Edge 12.9 km
Iwikau Village 13.8 km
Turoa 14.3 km
Te Porere Redoubt 24.6 km
Waiouru Airfield 33.2 km
Taupo Airport 80.3 km
Whanganui Airport 87.7 km
New Plymouth Airport 107.8 km
Palmerston North Airport 123.5 km

The Crossing Backpackers

9 Erua Road East (Off SH4), National Park Village, Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand, 3948 - See map

Get your trip off to a great start with a stay at this property, which offers car park free of charge. Conveniently situated in the Tongariro National Park part of Tongariro National Park, this property puts you close to attractions and interesting dining options. This 3-star property features hot tub to make your stay more indulgent and memorable.

Highlights

Front desk [24-hour]

Hot tub

Garden

Fishing

Hiking

Facilities

Pets allowed

Car park

Front desk [24-hour]

Check-in/out [express]

Luggage storage

Hot tub

Game room

Family room

Value for money8.4
Distance to city center6 km
Location rating8.1

Rooms available at The Crossing Backpackers

Family Studio with Kitchenette & Bunk Beds
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  • Room size: 40 m²/431 ft²
  • Countryside view
  • 1 single bed and 1 queen be...
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Family Studio
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  • Room size: 30 m²/323 ft²
  • Countryside view
  • 2 single beds and 1 queen b...
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Double Room En-Suite
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  • Room size: 25 m²/269 ft²
  • Countryside view
  • 1 queen bed
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Twin - Bunk Bed Style
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  • Room size: 6 m²/65 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 2 bunk beds
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Family Room with Shared Bathroom
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 1 double bed and 3 bunk bed...
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Quad - 2 Bunk Beds
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  • Room size: 9 m²/97 ft²
  • Street view
  • 4 bunk beds
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6-Bed Dormitory Room
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  • Room size: 12 m²/129 ft²
  • Garden view
  • 6 bunk beds
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Triple Room
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  • Room size: 9 m²/97 ft²
  • Street view
  • 2 bunk beds and 1 single be...
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Double Room
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Street view
  • 1 double bed
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8 People in 4-Bunk-Bed Dormitory - Mixed 3F
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  • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
  • Street view
  • 8 bunk beds
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Frequently asked questions

What time is check-in and check-out at The Crossing Backpackers?

Check-in is from 03:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM. You may request early check-in or late check-out during booking, subject to availability. Guests checking in or out before or after the designated periods may be charged an additional fee. The hostel offers luggage storage to guests for before check-in and after check-out. The front desk is always open, day or night.

How do I get to The Crossing Backpackers?

For those who wish to drive their own cars, The Crossing Backpackers has a car park right on site for maximum convenience. Parking is free for guests. Self-parking is conveniently available at the hostel.

What are my dining options at The Crossing Backpackers?

Light meal like coffee or tea is served using only quality ingredients.

Can special events be hosted at The Crossing Backpackers?

Both indoor and outdoor venues are available to choose for your special gathering. Large events and gatherings such as private events can be hosted at The Crossing Backpackers. Small or intimate events like birthday parties, entertainment events and honeymoons can also be accomodated. Services for in-house catering, wireless internet, event decoration and audio-visual equipment are offered to help your event go smoothly. End your big event day with special turn-down service to celebrate your special occasion, flower petals are available upon request.

Can business events be hosted at The Crossing Backpackers?

On-site venues and convenient event services make The Crossing Backpackers an ideal choice for hosting events such as seminars, conferences and meetings. Free Wi-Fi is available to help your business event or meeting a successful one.

What is the smoking policy at The Crossing Backpackers?

The Crossing Backpackers does not permit smoking in any of its rooms, but allows smoking in designated areas.

What restaurants are nearby The Crossing Backpackers?

Restaurants including Pihanga Café, Ruapehu Room and Fergusson's Café are popular in The Crossing Backpackers’s neighborhood which is known as Tongariro National Park.

What popular natural sightseeing spots are close to The Crossing Backpackers?

The Crossing Backpackers is located in the Tongariro National Park area, which is famous for natural sightseeing destinations such as Iwikau Village, Turoa and Te Porere Redoubt.

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What people love about The Crossing Backpackers

  • 9.6

    Exceptional
    Location

    "Very good location!"

    Mhellany

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    July 25, 2021

  • 8.8

    Excellent
    Location

    "Great option near the park."

    Misty

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    February 10, 2019

  • 8.8

    Excellent
    Staff 

    "Staff was lovely."

    Misty

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    February 10, 2019

Overall rating:

8.3

Excellent
29 reviews
Cleanliness
8.2
Facilities
8.4
Location
8.1
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More about The Crossing Backpackers

More about The Crossing Backpackers

The Crossing Backpackers

Every effort is made to make guests feel comfortable by providing the best in services and amenities. Keep up with all your communications easily with the hostel's free Wi-Fi. Guests can enjoy free parking right at the hostel. Front desk services including express check-in or check-out and luggage storage can assist with your needs.
Getting tickets for the city's best entertainment is easy through the hostel's tours. Get cozy and warm in the lobby with the hostel's charming on-site fireplace. Packing light is possible at The Crossing Backpackers thanks to the hostel's laundromat keeping your clothes clean. For the comfort and health of all guests, smoking is not permitted anywhere within the hostel.
Smoking is allowed only in the designated smoking areas provided by hostel.
Designed for comfort, all guestrooms offer a range of amenities to ensure a restful night. For your comfort, some rooms at the hostel are equipped with linen service. Rooms at The Crossing Backpackers come in multiple layout options including rooms with separate living room and balcony or terrace. In some select rooms, you can find a refrigerator, a coffee or tea maker, instant coffee and instant tea at your disposal.
It's good to know that bathroom amenities including towels are provided in some of the guest bathrooms.


Dining and things to do

Do you prefer to cook your own meals? Then you'll love the in-house shared kitchen.
Hostel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. End your days in total relaxation with a visit to the hot tub, located right at the hostel. Cool off on hot days by joining water-world activities like fishing. If you like water sports, you'll appreciate the convenience of canoes provided by The Crossing Backpackers.
Engage in some easy evening fun with other guests with the hostel's hiking trails. Get social at the hostel's library, games room and shared lounge and TV area, where you can meet other guests.


Reasons to stay here

Get more than you bargain for here, which scores value for money higher than 89% of the city's accommodation.
Facilities at this hostel are rated higher than 91% of other accommodations in the city.
Find some excellent dining options here, where past guests have rated onsite or nearby dining better than 97% of the city's other accommodations.

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Amenities and facilities

Excellent
Facilities

8.4

Most talked about facilities

Housekeeping

2 mentions

Swimming Pool

1 mention

Languages spoken
  • English
Internet access
  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!
  • Wi-Fi in public areas
Things to do, ways to relax
  • Billiards
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Hiking
  • Hot tub
  • Outdoor recreational features
  • Tours
Cleanliness and safety
  • Anti-viral cleaning products
  • Cashless payment service
  • Daily disinfection in common areas
  • First aid kit
  • Guest rooms seal after sanitization
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Hot water linen and laundry washing
  • Hygiene certification
  • Physical distancing of at least 1 meter
  • Rooms sanitized between stays
  • Sanitized kitchen and tableware items
  • Sterilizing equipment
Dining, drinking, and snacking
  • Kitchen
  • Shared kitchen
Services and conveniences
  • Contactless check-in/out
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Laundromat
  • Library
  • Luggage storage
  • Postal service
  • Smoke-free property
  • Smoking area
For the kids
  • Family room
Access
  • Check-in/out [express]
  • Check-in/out [private]
  • Exterior corridor
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Front desk [24-hour]
  • Pets allowed
Getting around
  • Bicycle parking
  • Car park [free of charge]
  • Car park [on-site]
Available in all rooms
  • Carpeting
  • Complimentary tea
  • Free bottled water
  • Free instant coffee
  • Heating
  • Internet access – wireless
  • Non-smoking

Location

9 Erua Road East (Off SH4), National Park Village, Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand, 3948
Excellent
Location

8.1

Property policies

Children and extra beds

Extra beds are dependent on the room you choose. Please check the individual room capacity for more details.

All children are welcome.

Others
  • When booking more than 5 rooms, different policies and additional supplements may apply.

Some helpful facts

Check-in/Check-out
  • Check-in from15:00
  • Check-in until00:00
  • Check-out from00:00
  • Check-out until10:00
Getting around
  • Distance from city center6 km
  • Travel time to airport (minutes)75
The property
  • Non-smoking rooms/floorsno
  • Number of bars/lounges0
  • Number of floors1
  • Number of restaurants0
  • Number of rooms 20
  • Room voltage240
  • Year property opened1962
  • Most recent renovation2013
Parking
  • Daily parking fee0 NZD

Reviews of The Crossing Backpackers from real guests

Provided by verified guests of Agoda
8.3
/
10
Excellent
Cleanliness8.2
Facilities8.4
Location8.1
Room comfort and quality6.0
Service8.4
Value for money8.4
High score for Tongariro National Park
Rating
9+ Exceptional (6)
8-9 Excellent (3)
7-8 Very Good (2)
6-7 Good (3)
<6 Below Expectation (3)
Time of the year
Mar - May (1)
Jun - Aug (8)
Sep - Nov (1)
Dec - Feb (7)
All guests (29)
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Showing 17 verified guest comments
8.8
Excellent
Jennifer from New Zealand
Solo traveler
Stayed 3 nights in January 2018

I will come again”

Great hostel! Lovely stuff!! Not comparable to other hostels. You can feel that the owners have put a lot of effort into room amenities. The many wooden furniture make the hostel very homey. Great is also the spa pool - the perfect reward after the Tongariro Crossing. However, you should have a car to come to the great places like the Taranaki waterfall.

Reviewed January 21, 2018

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10.0
Exceptional
Yu-Tzu from Taiwan
Group
Family Studio
Stayed 2 nights in July 2016

awesome”

Will still choose the crossing backpacker next time

Reviewed July 18, 2016

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8.8
Excellent
Misty from United States
Solo traveler
Twin - Bunk Bed Style
Stayed 2 nights in October 2018

Excellent”

Great option near the park. Closest food is a short drive down the road. The only negative was that the property was freezing, and bathrooms were far from the room. Staff was lovely.

Reviewed February 10, 2019

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6.0
Lee from Malaysia
Group
Quad - 2 Bunk Beds
Stayed 1 night in August 2016

good stay”

the backpackers is nice and clean and we enjoyed our stay before doing the tongariro crossing!

Reviewed January 14, 2017

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8.0
Excellent
Nitesh from India
Group
Twin - Bunk Bed Style
Stayed 1 night in July 2016

Always crossing bagpackers”

this was my Fourth time in crossing bag packers. I guess the management has been changed. Its good. However the new managements needs to be a little flexible.

Reviewed December 01, 2016

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9.6
Exceptional
Lisa from New Zealand
Family with teens
Stayed 2 nights in July 2018

Exceptional”

The Narnia movie room was fabulous and the owners were friendly awesome people. We were kept warm and happy. A wonderful place to take kids or any group.

Reviewed July 12, 2018

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6.8
Good
Hannah from United Kingdom
Couple
Twin - Bunk Bed Style
Stayed 2 nights in August 2019

Ok”

We stayed for a couple of nights passing through. The room was really cold and took a long while to warm up via a vent in the ceiling. The toilets and showers were quite far away from the room. The kitchen was huge with everything you’d need and the staff were really friendly.

Reviewed August 09, 2019

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8.4
Excellent
Cheryl from New Zealand
Couple
Double Room En-Suite
Stayed 1 night in January 2018

A good place to rest, wish we had arrived early enough to enjoy the spa (3-9pm) ”

Loved Gandalf's alternate staff. Good game and DVD selection. Also doing their part to reduce, reuse and recycle. Including a bin for food scraps for Daisy the pig.

Reviewed January 07, 2018

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5.6
Wojciech from Norway
Couple
Double Room En-Suite
Stayed 1 night in July 2016

Backpackers style”

Maybe we were expecting something better but it is good place for backpackers. It was clean and people working there were very nice. But if you expect hotel type facilities you are wrong.

Reviewed August 17, 2016

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10.0
Exceptional
André from New Zealand
Family with teens
Basic Quadruple Room
Stayed 2 nights in February 2018

Absolutely lovely!”

This place has a great setup, it’s very VERY clean. Leanne & husband were lovely & helpful. Would definitely come again!

Reviewed February 07, 2018

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6.8
Good
Nitesh from India
Solo traveler
Double Room En-Suite
Stayed 2 nights in July 2017

Good Place for a short stay”

Small Rooms, kitchen is quite big and good with all equipments however a bit far from the nearest town around 8 kms. peaceful location though.

Reviewed July 10, 2017

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8.0
Excellent
Michal from Norway
Couple
Double Room
Stayed 1 night in March 2017

Nice stay in Kawaguchiko”

Great staff, nice common area. Felt very traditional. Bring earplugs if you do not like snoring

Reviewed September 27, 2017

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6.8
Good
Leung from Hong Kong SAR, China
Group
Quad - 2 Bunk Beds
Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

Friendly backpacker ”

Surprised they have a hot tub outside It's really nice after a long day hiking!

Reviewed January 03, 2017

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4.3
Luming from China
Couple
Double Room En-Suite
Stayed 1 night in February 2016

Nothing special”

A normal backpacker

Reviewed February 23, 2016

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9.6
Exceptional
Mhellany from New Zealand
Family with young children
Family Studio
Stayed 2 nights in July 2021

Exceptional”

Very good location!

Reviewed July 25, 2021

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10.0
Exceptional
Philippe from France
Couple
Double Room
Stayed 2 nights in December 2016

Crossing Backpackers”

Très bien placé au bord de la route (Immanquable...), cet hôtel est complètement dépaysant et surtout très agréable, au milieu de nulle part... Chambre confortable, toilettes et douches très propres, excellente ambiance avec tous les clients.... Accueil extrêmement sympathique..

Reviewed December 21, 2016

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9.7
Exceptional
Yu from China
Couple
Twin - Bunk Bed Style
Stayed 2 nights in February 2016

意外地非常满意的backpacker”

接待;卫生;服务

老板热情,他拥有一个农场,我们去到的时候是非接待时间,他在除草,马上就过来帮我们check in,服务态度好,我预定的时候只剩下双层房并且是公共浴室,因为没有用过公共浴室,害怕不干净,到了就和老板说升级,刚好有一间私人浴室的家庭房,老板立马就帮我们升级了;酒店位置好,可以预定汤加里罗徒步;酒店有公共卫生间,浴室,厨房,都很干净,我之前的担心都是多余的了。

Reviewed March 01, 2016

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