Welcome to Blackcurrant Backpackers


The recently refurbished hostel in the town centre of Taupo!

Currently Lonely Planet’s “Our Pick” of places to stay and the highest rated BBH hostel in Taupo for the fourth year in a row!! We are also the top rated on Trip Advisor AND Hostelworld!

Blackcurrant Backpackers, formerly known as Burkes Backpackers, is a long established backpackers here in Taupo. Two intrepid travellers, Ross McFarlane from Scotland and Beth Aldridge from England, came to Taupo, fell in love with the place and decided to make it home. Ross has owned hostels and accommodation in Taupo for the last 8 years and Beth ran an information centre here and then a helicopter company before Ross proposed that they buy Blackcurrant at the beginning of 2008 and history was born!

We have had the hostel now for just over 5 years and we are constantly ’tweaking’ things but the major refurbishment was completed a couple of years ago….We recognise that the backpacker market has changed and that people want real value for money, comfort and a fun place to stay but with a good nights sleep and this remains paramount in our minds - please take a look at a our photos page or give us a call for more information. You can also find us on www.facebook.com/BlackcurrantBackpackers :)

If you have any questions or quandries or just want to say ‘hi’, then please use the contact page and we look forward to seeing you at Blackcurrant Backpackers soon!

Beth, Ross and the Blackcurrant Team

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