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Taupo Urban Retreat, Taupo, New Zealand

by Gaycation Magazine

Lake Taupo

Taupo village is located at the outlet of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake, in the northeast part of the lake where it discharges to the Waikato River. The river flows over one of New Zealand’s most spectacular waterfalls, Huka Falls, a short distance north of the town. Taupo is a centre of volcanic and geothermal activity with hot springs suitable for bathing located at several places in the vicinity. The volcanic mountain of Mount Tauhara lies six kilometres to the east. Some forested area exists near Taupo, with understory vegetation consisting of certain shrubs and ferns. Somewhat to the northeast are significant hot springs. These springs are the site of occurrence of certain extremophile micro-organisms, that are capable of surviving in extremely hot environments. The name Taupo comes from Maori Taupō-nui-a-Tia. Literally translated, it means “The great cloak of Tia” where Tia is the name of the discoverer of the lake.

Communal Kitchen

If you’re looking for budget accommodation at a Taupo backpackers hostel, then stay at Taupo Urban Retreat Backpackers Lodge. They have a great central location but are still a quiet, secure, and a safe place to stay while visiting the region. Taupo Urban Retreat has a funky ‘Urban’ vibe, set with a rustic theme. With large communal indoor and outdoor areas, the Lodge is a great place to chill out with friends or meet new people. Backpackers accommodation options include double, twin, and dormitory styles—some with en-suite—others with shared bathrooms. This is a funky laid back Hostel in the heart of Taupo. With free Internet for guests you can catch up with friends and family back home, or make new ones over a cold beer or hot cappuccino in the Urban Guest bar.

Taupo Urban Retreat

Facilities Include:

  • Clean and secure
  • Bar
  • TV room with Sky sports
  • Guest kitchen
  • Laundry
  • FREE Internet for guests
  • Travel Desk
  • Late Check in ( phone or email for details)
  • Café
  • Bike rental
  • Free DVD library
  • Free off street parking.
  • $5.00 Gym passes (normally $15.00)

Games Room


  • Internet Access
  • Free of Charge
  • Web Access in Lobby
  • Card Phones

Sport & Leisure:

  • Gym
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Cable TV
  • DVD`s
  • Common Room
  • Outdoor Terraced Area
  • Pool Table

In Room Facilities:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Linen Included
  • Security Lockers

Food & Drink:

  • Guest Kitchen
  • Bar
  • Café
  • BBQArea


  • Free Parking
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Washing Machine/Dryer
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Towels Hire
  • Hairdryer for Hire
  • Tours Desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Jobs Board

The Retreat is conveniently located a couple of minutes walk to bars, cafés, shops, supermarkets, and the beautiful Lake Taupo. While you are visiting and enjoying all that Taupo has to offer, the friendly Urban crew aim to make sure that Taupo Urban Retreat Backpackers is your home away from home. Taupo is the adventure capital of the North Island and boasts a wide array of attractions including skydiving, jet boating, bungy jumping, para-sailing, kayaking, sailing and fishing to name a few.

Lovely Grounds

Lake Taupo was created by a volcanic eruption so big the sun went hazy in China (relax, that was a few thousand years ago). Almost everywhere you look there’s a volcano. Just a few minutes north of the Lake at Wairakei you’ll find geothermal fields, boiling mud pools, and steaming geysers. In Taupo itself, and at the little village of Tokaanu near Turangi, there are hot mineral springs that have been soothing weary souls for centuries. And the prawn burgers at the world’s only geothermal heated prawn farm will blow you away.

The Lake Taupo region has some of New Zealand’s finest untouched, unspoilt, uncrowded country. Just about all of it is easy to get to.

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