Turangi Cabins and Holiday Park
Turangi is a small town situated about 50 minutes south of Taupo in the North Island of New Zealand, and when I was there, I chose to stay at the Turangi Cabins and Holiday Park.
The owners, John and Olwyn, were extremely friendly and helpful, and organised transport for me to do the Tongariro Crossing. They also pointed me in the right direction for fishing and thermal pools.
There are 96 extremely basic cabins on the site, each sleeping 2 or 3. There is no bedding, so you must take sleeping bags etc. There is a huge recreation room, and also bbq facilities. The communal showers are free and clean, and the kitchen facilities are well stocked for pots and pans.
The price is $20 adults and $10 children.
There are also ample tent sites available for $11 adults and $5 children. [more ]