Our Place

At Urban we have a sociable yet chilled atmosphere, making it super easy to meet people. Enjoy our delicious chili every night for only $5, or for $3 more get a cold beer or wine to wash it down. You can cook up a storm in our well-equipped kitchen with free oil and spices included or you can use the guest BBQ for that more relaxed cook! Help yourself to our free tea and coffee too!

Mingle with new friends around our guest-only bar, soak up some rays in our sunny garden courtyard, or snuggle up with a good book in your quiet room if you’re all talked out. Keen for movie night? Hunker down in our cosy TV lounge and choose from our vast array of movie titles. Ask at the bar about our free pop-corn!

Chilli meal
Barbeque at Taupo Backpackers
Taupo Urban Retreat kitchen
TV room at Taupo Backpackers
Taupo backpackers garden
Taupo Urban Retreat computers
Taupo Urban Retreat garden

We’d love to assist you make the most out of your stay in our beautiful region. Our friendly staff can help you book your activities. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Skydiving, Bungy Jumping, Jet Boats, Sailing, Rafting trips to name a few — or soak in a natural hot spring for free! As we’ve been operating in Taupo for over twelve years, we know all of the local hidden gems and the best travel tips. Whether you’re looking to spend or save we can help you fill your day! Still have energy to burn? We have mountain bikes for hire at reception so your adventure can start at our front door. Moving on? Our awesome team can help you book your onwards travel — although you may find you never want to leave Taupo!

Pssst… another fantastic feature of our awesome hostel is the opening roof! Enjoy a game of pool with mates while essentially being outside — winning!