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Riverstone Backpackers
Melbourne, Australia
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“Great hostel and one I'd stay in again”
Reviewed 4 March 2009

Riverstone is run by Rob, a very cool guy who has a great knowledge of the area and the various activities and amenities available come rain or shine. He can book you onto the Tongariro crossing and his ability to accurately gauge the weather is uncanny!
The rooms are all very well kept, bedding is provided and you can hire towels if you wish. There's a laundry and internet, book exchange and DVDs to keep you amused should the weather turn. The outside decking and patio area is plush with beanbags and hammocks making it the perfect place to chill out with a few mates after your activities.
I would definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with friends
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Portland, OR
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Reviewed 27 February 2008

My husband and I stayed at Riverstone Backpackers for one night. The actual house was beautiful. We were there in Oct. If it had been warmer out, I'm sure our stay would've been much more enjoyable. The kitchen is beautiful, and the resident puppy, Mugwai, is a very friendly wheaten terrier. However, our ensuite room was freezing. There was a space heater, but it did absolutely nothing. I didn't get much sleep that night. We were planning on doing the Tongariro crossing, but conditions were bad, so we changed our plans and left after one night. Because I was so cold, I got sick with a cough that persisted for over a week. It pretty much ruined the wine tasting we did in Hastings, as I felt like crap.

  • Liked — nice kitchen, puppy.
  • Disliked — FREEZING, and it caused me to get SICK!
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Riverstone Backpackers
Address: 222 Te Rangitautahanga Road | Waikato, Turangi 3334, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Waikato Region > Taupo District > Turangi
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 17 Speciality Lodging in Turangi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riverstone Backpackers Turangi is an independently owned and operated boutique lodge & hostel, offering quality Tongariro accommodation, up to date information, and transport for exploring the Tongariro Crossing and the Tongariro Region. We have modern facilities and a homely and relaxed atmosphere. There are native gardens, flash kitchen and a large deck and in winter often an open fire. Riverstone is frequently rated by BBH Backpackers and on TripAdvisor Specialty Lodging, as the very best Tongariro Crossing accommodation. Top Rated Accommodation BBH 94% 2016 Trip Advisor 94% 2016 Lonely Planet 'Top Choice' 2016 Free WIFI Tongariro Crossing Shuttle Modern Facilities Best Information ... more   less 

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