10 Best Backpacker Hostels in Rotorua
10 Best Backpacker Hostels in Rotorua

10 Best Backpacker Hostels in Rotorua

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Cheap Accommodation in Rotorua for Backpackers

After a hard day’s wandering in the geothermal parks, white water rafting, zorbing, or just being a badass backpacker, it is important to find the best backpacker hostel in Rotorua. Let us assist you with that with this list of backpacker hostels in Rotorua!

There’s a mix of comfortable homely hostels, party hostels and hostels with a heated pool in Rotorua. With so many adventure activities and natural wonders to see, you’ll want to spend more than a couple of days here. Make sure you check out Rotorua – Guide for backpackers and 10 Free or Cheap Things to do in Rotorua to keep yourself occupied while you’re here.

So here are the backpacker hostels we love the most in what some call “Roto-Vegas”.

1. Funky Green Voyager

It doesn’t get funkier than the Funky Green Voyager. This small but homely hostel is famous for its super helpful staff, but we really dig the conservatory and backyard for proper Kiwi barbecues.

Check Funky Green Voyager out:

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2. Rock Solid Backpackers

So-called for the view of the 17m climbing wall from the floor-to-ceiling windows, the Rock Solid Backpackers is a cool place to hang out with a free pool table, table tennis, video games and unlimited WiFi!

Check Rock Solid Backpackers out:

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3. Planet Backpackers

With super friendly and knowledgable staff, Planet Backpackers has heaps of info on what to do in the Rotorua and Taupo area. Make use of the spacious kitchen and dining area, as well as a pool table, dartboard and free unlimited WiFi!

Check Planet Backpackers out:

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4. Crash Palace

Free tea and coffee, plus rice, pasta, herbs and oil, a social activity each night including a beer pong and movie nights, and a spa pool: it’s the perfect place to crash! And yes, WiFi is free and unlimited!

Check Crash Palace out:

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5. Cactus Jacks

The fun-themed backpacker hostel is not exactly easy to miss! Step into the colourful and creative Cactus Jacks for all your basic facilities needed in a hostel, some funky places to hang out and a geothermally-heated spa pool.

Check Cactus Jacks out:

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6. YHA Rotorua

The purpose-built backpacker accommodation has plenty of space to stretch your legs, whether it’s in the kitchen and dining area or through the plant-filled courtyard to your room.

Check YHA Rotorua out:

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7. Spa Lodge

It’s a hippy’s paradise! Spa Lodge is a backpacker hostel in Rotorua which is full of character with paintings all over the walls from past guests. There are plenty of cool places to lounge, including the natural hot spa!

Check Spa Lodge out:

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8. Astray Backpackers & Motel

Astray is a compact backpackers that will blow you away with cleanliness and sleek decor. The backpackers and motel has a super convenient city-centre location, so you can’t go wrong!

Check Astray Backpackers & Motel out:

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9. Rotorua Downtown Backpackers

Rotorua Downtown Backpackers is right in the heart of New Zealand’s geothermal hub with the i-SITE and bus stop just down the road and all the shops and services at your fingertips. The hostel has a friendly vibe and at least you won’t starve with free rice and pasta available!

Check Rotorua Downtown Backpackers out:

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10. Rotorua Central Backpackers

What? No bunks? That’s right! Another thing to get excited about is that they have baths! How long has it been since you had a long soak in a bath? Alternatively, in the true spirit of Rotorua, bathe in the spa pool.

Check Rotorua Central Backpackers out:

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More About Rotorua

Now that you know the best backpacker hostels in Rotorua, check out what awesome things there are to do!

Finally, don’t forget to book yourself into one of The 50 Best Accommodations in Rotorua.


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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