Our pick of Taupo's hostels, Finlay Jacks has turned an ageing motel into a colourful hub for young people. The largest rooms are 12-bed dorms, but they feel less crowded, with bunks separated into lots of eight and four. Affordable private rooms with en suites have supercomfy beds. We love the pop-culture prints on the walls, patterned bed covers and grassy lawn.
It's just a short walk to the bars and restaurants on the waterfront, and there are some outdoor tables that are great for catching up with fellow guests at the end of the day.