Home to the world's greatest Hostels

33,000 properties, 170 countries Over 3.5 million guest reviews 21 million bookings

YHA Rotorua Reviews

1278 Haupapa Street, Rotorua, New Zealand

Reviews & Ratings Explained


419 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 89%Security
  • 85%Location
  • 93%Staff
  • 79%Atmosphere
  • 92%Cleanliness
  • 88%Facilities

The rating percentage is calculated from customers who booked within the last 12 months.

All ratings and reviews are based on the feedback and opinions of the customers who submitted them and do not express the opinions of Hostelworld.com. This way, you get an up-to-the-minute opinion of just how good a hostel really is.
Read our review guidelines »

  • Show:


There should be lockers available in the rooms or at least have them available and each brings its own lock. There should not be a cost to keep your stuff safe. Its called budget accommodation for a reason.


Excellent accommodations with a friendly and helpful staff. I would definitely stay with YHA Rotorua again.

  • 31st Jan 2016
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)

Owner Comment (Hide)
Kia Ora, thank you for your wonderful review and we hope to see you again in the future! Enjoy your travels. Kind regards Haylee Bloor


Great hostel, the staff were very welcoming! Would definitely return!

Owner Comment (Hide)
Kia Ora, thank you for taking the time to review us, such lovely feedback and we hope to see you again in the future! Take care and enjoy the rest of your travels in NZ. Kind regards Haylee Bloor


Really nice hostel with friendly staff and people. Location is also superb!


The staff was SO NICE and helpful. It was a little farther from the center of town so I had to lug all my luggage from the bus stop to there which on a regular day would have probably been fine but it was hot.


Having to book all four beds because my daughter is under 18 was a bit rough.


Fantastic, friendly staff. Private rooms were really spacious and clean.

  • 25th Nov 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


For Rotorua being so small, it's not a huge deal but this hostel was further away from the main part of the city than any other hostel, though that only adds on a few extra minutes of a walk. The atmosphere was sort of bland but YHA is a trusted brand and the facilities, etc. were clean and reliable.

Owner Comment (Hide)
Hi, thank you for your feedback. The atmosphere is always challenging with a hostel of our size, we do have a great communal lounge/dining area for people to meet and we have a movie night each week to provide some activity for our guests. I am glad you found our facilities to be clean and comfortable. Safe travels in NZ. Kind regards Haylee Bloor


Great facilities. Location is just a little out of the center of town but a great close walk to the geothermal park area. Lovely staff made staying here a joy.


This hostel was nice. It was clean and friendly atmosphere. Nothing bad to say.


Really good, clean accomodation with good facilities. Close to the city centre

  • 15th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Even though in general was an ok experience the pillow was a brick, and I asked for the. Super deluxe ensuite private room... I was all Sunday with a pain on the neck, thanks to that. Another 2 friends stayed at cheaper rooms and had the same problem.

  • 15th Aug 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Argentina
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (1 review)

View all Rotorua Hostels

Please give us your feedback