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Backpackers International

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  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Awesome Cleanliness
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  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Awesome Cleanliness

Property Description

A Great Place to Meet & Make new friends!

We were the very first budget accommodation on the rock!

Opened in 1985 by Bill Bates, The hostel is proudly owned and operated by the Bates family.

We cater for those who are on a tight budget. We offer a basic, clean and affordable place to stay for the budget conscious traveller whom would still like to experience the great island life.

In a perfect location on the west side of the island, we are just a 1 min stroll down to the beautiful white sandy beach - a great spot for snorkelling. There is a takeaway cafe, hire shop, corner store and bus stop all within 1 minutes walk from the Hostel! And don't forget, every night you can witness some gorgeous sunsets!

Having a lifetime of experience, we are experts on our islands history, culture and customs. We aim to help you save money but still have a fulfilling experience on the Island.

Our spacious kitchen and dining area is great for everyone to cook and appreciate their own personal masterpieces. We have a large common area so it is really easy to socialize.

We have double rooms, twin rooms and 3 & 8 bed Dorm rooms available. All rooms include bedding, a fan and a personal alarm clock - Roosters! (They run the island!)

We also have fitted the rooms with mosquito netting and security screens for safety and comfort.

We offer a range of different activities all designed for budget travellers, creating a comfortable social atmosphere for everyone. From Quiz Nights to Coconut Husking demos & even the Cross Island Treks for those who are looking to be more adventure, and not to forget our World Famous International Nights!

We look forward to being part of your next trip!

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Backpackers International Located at P O Box 878, Avarua, Rarotonga.
Backpackers International
Cook Islands
Rarotonga P O Box 878, Avarua
85% 221
-27.0591257 -161.0156250
Backpackers International
    Rooms available Basic 3 Bed Private Shared Bathroom Twin Private Shared Bathroom 4 Bed Mixed Dorm Standard Double Bed Private Shared Bathroom

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Fri 28 Oct 2016 - Mon 31 Oct 2016 Change

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Latest Review

" Tisa's warm & friendly welcome at the Rarotongan Airport set the scene for a thoroughly enjoyable and fun few days. Practical hostel ground rules, a spacious common room, simple flow kitchen and bedroom fans added comfort and ease to the stay. A 3minute walk to the beach, adjacent bike/scooter hire and grocery/takeaway facility... with the bus stop just across the main road, Backpackers International definitely attracted an interesting multicultural mix of travellers. "

- Anonymous
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  • Free

    Linen Included Free Parking Free City Maps

  • General

    Common Room Book Exchange Self-Catering Facilities Outdoor Terrace Parking Ceiling Fan Card Phones Steam Room

  • Services

    Internet Access Laundry Facilities Airport Transfers Luggage Storage Late check-out Reception (limited hours)



Age Restriction Curfew Pet Friendly

Things to Note

We accept cash payments only and payment is due on check in.

As our reception/office hours are NOT 24HOURS, you will need to email us your check in details.

We do not accommodate for children under the age of 12, children 12 and over must be staying with an adult.

If you arriving off an international flight, (yes New Zealand is NOT part of the Cook Islands so it is considered an international flight) all we require is a snapshot or copy of your arrival itinerary so we can organise your free airport pick up and check in. If your flight is arriving in the early hours of the morning/middle of the night, we do require your reservation to start from the previous night.

If you arriving off a domestic flight, we do charge $15NZD for 1 person, or $10NZD per person which includes check in. If you would rather make your own way to the hostel, that is fine, but we still require you to let us know when you will be checking into the hostel.

If you are already on the island, we can arrange a pick up at $15NZD per person, if not, we will still require you to advise us when you will be checking in.

We have a strict 3 night minimum, this is from the day you check in, to the day you check out. We reserve the right to cancel your reservation upon check in with with no refund if you stay less than 3 nights.

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay, unless otherwise stated above (see 'Things to Note' information).


  • 2015 1st, Country Winners Cook Islands
  • 2011 1st, Country Winners Cook Islands
  • 2010 1st, Country Winners Cook Islands
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