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Rotorua Central Backpackers Reviews

1076 Pukuatua St, Rotorua, New Zealand

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379 Total Reviews
  • 95%Value For Money
  • 93%Security
  • 97%Location
  • 93%Staff
  • 88%Atmosphere
  • 94%Cleanliness
  • 92%Facilities

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Wonderful stay at Rotorua Central Backpackers. Everyone is extremely friendly and the rooms are quiet most of the time. Very relaxing, and amazing beds! Also so nice to have free wifi!

  • 19th Sep 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Very nice hostel! It's so expensive to eat out in Rotorua (and in NZ in general) that we cooked a lot. This hostel was great since it's near a big supermarket and has a huge, clean, well-equipped kitchen. Other nice touches were that the manager gave us a map with an awesome walking tour marked out when we first checked in, and there's a free hot spring tub in the backyard. Also many friendly guests. The only negative was that they charge a key deposit; I left too early and couldn't get it back.


Comfy beds and awesome private bathtubs! Staff was super friendly too!


Very friendly hostel, lovely staff, great facilities :)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Cheers for that. Glad you enjoyed your stay :) Neil


Very comfy beds. Although a weird ambiance/atmosphere in the hostel. (Not many backpackers, but older (grumpy) people and people who live there). Very thin walls.

Owner Comment (Hide)
WOW Sorry to see you had a run in with some grumpy people. There were two 'older' people in around your stay, out of 40 backpackers, so I do not know how you missed the others. The only people that 'live' here are a handful of backpackers working in restaurants. Grumpy is not cool though! I hope that is not the vibe you got from Catherine or I. Neil


BEST HOSTEL EVER! We were complicated guests (arrived late etc) and Neil, his wife and the night staff were always amazing to us, warm, friendly and very helpful. They also give good advices on what to do in the area. Besides facilities are perfect: cozy, warm temperature everywhere, hot showers, all rooms clean at all time, kitchen very well equiped, tv room and even a small hot pool! Very central location - close to bus stop. Only weakness: you have to pay to use the computer

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