Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.

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  • Wonderful Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Awesome Cleanliness
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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 & 6 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.

We look forward to being part of your next trip!

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.4

  • Security 7.9

  • Location 8.8

  • Staff 8.6

  • Atmosphere 8.5

  • Cleanliness 7.4

  • Facilities 7.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    18 Jul 2019
    Best place ever. Met great people and staff are awesome. Tisa is amazing.
    Cook Islands, All Female Group, 31-40
  • 10.0


    05 May 2019
    Backpackers International is a no frills hostel that met our every need! Tisa (management) is so lovely, our airport pickup was patient after the flight was delayed, the facilities were clean, lots of kitchen supplies for cooking, ping pong downstairs was awesome, and best of all the hostel was quiet, despite having lot of young adults there drinking. There is a $5 burger joint next door, and you get discounted scooter and bicycle rentals if you mention that you are staying at this hostel!
    New Zealand, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.4


    09 Aug 2019
    Stayed three nights, we were picked up on time at the airport but did have to wait a while for the next flight to land to shuttle two other guests to the hostel as well. Room was clean and bright, good showers, nice big kitchen. 3 minutes walk from the beach, a shop, cafe and rental place for bikes and snorkels etc. Fantastic stay I would go back. Friendly staff and a late check out was great for us and a very affordable price. Thankyou!
    England, Female, 31-40
  • 9.4


    04 Jun 2019
    Loved!! Great place to stay for cheap
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    17 Feb 2019
    Hostel has improved the cleanliness and upkeep of the facility in recent months so I was told. I enjoyed my stay here. Friendly fellow travelers. Good kitchen and access to groceries at a nearby shop. Hostel provides airport transfers at a reasonable price. minutes from the greatest sunset beach on the island and what sunsets!!!!
    USA, Female, 41+
  • 6.9


    09 Apr 2019
    Cheap and cheerful but looking tired, needs updating. Gary the cleaner handyman was great fun and very helpful, can be noisy at night.
    England, Male, 41+
  • 5.7


    28 Feb 2019
    Avoid. You will be happier at the other "Backpackers" on the island, that one on the beach. This hostel is rather rundown and dingy. No soap in bathrooms, old bed, sugar ants in room. Agree with other reviewers, the manager has an acerbic personality and seems to relish in confrontational conversation. The bright spot is the new caretaker, Gary. He seems to be putting real effort into the place.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 5.4


    06 Jun 2019
    I have a lot to say but have no characters so I'll limit it to - MOLD! I woke up every morning coughing and feeling sick, but felt fine walking around during the day. After a little over a week, I was always sick. Then I realized the mattress was covered in mold... yeah. I've stayed in a lot of hostels, and this one was my least favorite, it made it difficult to enjoy my time in Rarotonga. I heard good things about Rarotonga Backpackers but didn't check it out myself. Explore other options!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 5.4


    14 Apr 2019
    This place is fine for what you pay, but overall the rooms are pretty miserable and the communal facilities aren't nice enough to compensate. Most of the communal areas are outside, where you are in prime position to be bitten by mosquitoes (even with repellant on and lots of layers) and this is also the only place you can access the internet. The rooms are also pretty muggy and damp smelling, the womens toilets were also pretty vile when I was leaving - there was blood on the floor.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 3.4


    09 Apr 2019
    Extremely dated. No soap in bathrooms. Very quiet, no atmosphere, no central lounge area to hang out. Not near anything. You are better off at the other backpackers.
    USA, Female, 25-30
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Linen Included
  • Book Exchange
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Airport Transfers
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)


  • 2015

    1st, Country Winners Cook Islands

  • 2011

    1st, Country Winners Cook Islands

  • 2010

    1st, Country Winners Cook Islands

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