Taupo Urban Retreat Backpackers

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Covid-19 Hostel Response

The NZ Government has declared that all international travelers (except for those from the Pacific Islands) are required to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival in New Zealand (effective midnight March 15th).  Everyone will be given advice on arrival into NZ.

Taupo Urban Retreat is a hostel with communal living spaces and shared amenities, typical of backpacker hostels.

This makes our property unsuitable for self-isolation and therefore we cannot take any guests who have arrived in NZ after March 15th unless they have completed the 2-week self-isolation.

We apologise for any inconvenience but we cannot put our staff or current guests at risk. 

If you have any queries or need to cancel or postpone your booking,  please contact us.



Welcome to Taupo Urban Retreat — your home away from home! Free, unlimited WiFi and computers, comfy beds and hot, high-pressure showers are a given here. 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. Not to mention we are only minutes away from the bus stop and supermarkets and there is plenty of free off-street parking available.

We have a variety of different options from mixed dorm rooms to en-suite private rooms, so we cater for every type of traveler.

Not quite what you are looking for check out out brother Hostel Tiki Lodge.

So, why stay with us?

Taupo Urban Retreat garden

Our story

Striving to be the best hostel in Taupo and ensuring guests have an outstanding experience in the heart of the CBD.

Lake Taupo and mountains

What to do

Jump out of a plane or take walks into the sunset — make sure you make the most of your stay in the original adventure playground.

Taupo Urban Retreat room

Where you’ll stay

Enjoy a warm and comfortable stay where you can rest your head after a busy day of exploring.

Taupo Urban Retreat bar

Our place

Sit back and enjoy a refreshing drink at our in-house bar — cheapest bar in town we reckon — or chill out with friends playing pool or watching a movie.