Good - The room was simple but practical, we were upgraded to 8 beds for 6 of us so we could have more space which was very nice. Facilities were good with the option of own cubical showers. Fun movie room in what looks like a cupboard with table tennis and couches. Kitchens were well equipped. Bad - WiFi was given with vouchers (200 MB each person) which was very limiting and no signal in the room to use personal data or calls.
One of many stays here, always a hit with the kids with the rustic games room, secret narnia cinema room and daisy the pig. Highly recommended for value for money and easy access to both ski fields (car park booking allowing).
We stayed here for four nights during winter season. The Whakapapa skiing region is just a 20-minute drive away and easy to reach. To rooms are clean and tidy, all communal areas (kitchen, bathrooms, games room) were nice and clean, way better than other hostels we've stayed in! The owners gave us an upgrade from a double room to a family room, with own kitchenette and bathroom as well as a terrasse, due to no other visitors. that just added to the overall positive impression of this place. So if you're looking for an affordable place to stay and relax, away from busy city life and within close proximity to Mt Ruhapehu and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing - I can highly recommend The Crossing Backpackers!
This is a great place to get away from the city. Awesome, friendly budget accommodation. Rooms are spacious. The shared kitchen is well equipped and sparkling clean. All areas are clean and warm. We regularly come down as a family. The movie room and social area is great for the kids to unwind after an active day. This trip was just me. This is an ideal base for adventures.
We had 2 rooms of 6 bunks for 2 nights. Did a snowcraft exercise and climb of Mt Ruapehu on the Saturday, and a walk of the Marton Sash & Door trail on the Sunday. The bunk rooms were very hot with the overnight heating so we kept the windows open the second night. Kitchen was well equipped although there was only one teaspoon. The dining area was roomy and warm and the lounge was cosy with the fire on. The bathrooms could do with more ventilation - the floors in particular were wet and slippery a lot of the time. More rubber matting would also be good.
We've been staying at the Crossing for a number of years and the new-ish owners have made a great job of keeping the kitchen and dining areas clean and today, as well as stocked with plenty of cutlery, utensils and tea towels. There's also a lot of great signage and information about. The bunks are very comfortable and we love staying here because it's central in-between Whakapapa and Turoa so we have a choice of the two.
Clean, friendly, great facilities: kitchen, showers etc. Friendly owners. Awesome. Stayed in shared dorm and the other guests were also friendly. Take your own groceries due to location. But I'd recommend this place to anyone
Lovely host who looked after us and made sure we had a comfortable visit. Great location and amenities - clean kitchen for cooking breakfast. Very clean and warm room for those winter months. Great value for backpackers
Good value for money, we stayed in a family room with a private toilet. The room was clean, spacious & great heating. large common kitchen area, nice outdoor space with animals.A big thumbs up for Daisy,the pig. Friendly staff.Great location
We booked the summer special and staid for two nights in order to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Transfer was perfectly organized. Hotel room was clean and staff was very helpful and friendly. Only the shower in the family room is not the best for bigger persons (not adjustable). The Whirlpool to relax after the Crossing was also very nice!