I saw a lot of backpackers in NZ, but this one is one of my favorite. It's in the center of Taupo,just 5min walk to shop, 10min walk to the lake and 25min walk to the hot pools. The rooms are very confortable and cheap, the kitchen is really big and very well equipped. There is a TV room, internet room, a lot of sofa, a sauna.The office staff have always the big smile, and take time to show you all the facilities when you arrive. You can ask one million of questions to the girls at the office, they take time to talk with you. The atmosphere is really smiley, friendly and safe.