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Rotorua is a city in the north island on New Zealand. Situated by the Lake Rotorua, the city is known for its geysers and hot springs, which are a widely known tourist attraction today. Rotorua hostels are also known to backpackers and other travelers to the city which has about 55,000 citizens.
Rotorua's city central is compact so the best way to get around is walking or biking. There is also a small airport in the city, and it is served by some bus operators as well. Rotorua hostels are mainly situated in the heart of the city, and the value is generally very good. You'll be looking at 20NZD and upwards for a dorm bed in Rotorua, and a bit more for doubles and twins.
What is there to do when you visit a Rotorua hostel? The thermal activity spots are a big attraction. Motutara (translates as "The Sulphur Bay") is a walking path which goes through many hot springs and sulphur vents, and is well worth the time. Government Gardens is also a nice place to walk around in, and you can also go for a boat ride in one of the 14 lakes situated near the city.
If you want to spend some time relaxing, we recommend the Polynesian Spa. With plentiful spa options (bathing in mineral springs, different types of therapies), Polynesian Spa is a bit on the expensive side, but the value is great and the experience is something you won't easily find outside Rotorua.
For foodies who come to stay in a Rotorua hostel, we recommend trying the traditional Maori feast called "Hangi", which is essentially a local meat and vegetable dish which is cooked in a pit with extremely hot rocks, and results in a distinctive flavor.
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"Hot Rock Backpackers is a popular hostel in Rotorua and one of the main stops for Kiwi Experience and Stray Backpacker buses. It's part of the Beyond Backpackers group and has a good location as it is two blocks from the main part of town and right next to the Kuirau Geothermal Park. Similar to other Beyond Backpackers hostels, it offers dorms, triples, doubles, twins, and singles. Some smaller rooms are available ensuite. Hot Rock is...
Cactus Jack Backpackers
"Cactus Jack Backpackers is an inexpensive hostel just minutes away from the iSite and the central business district. The friendly staff here are constantly making improvements to the hostel (painting the rooms and such) and it is kept clean and comfortable. The Location This hostel is very close to the iSite, the drop-off site for all the coach buses. It's only about a five-minute walk from here, and another five-minute walk from the...
Kiwi Paka Hostel
"THE best hostel I stayed at during my four months in New Zealand! My room was actually quite big, there's a bar onsite, and a huge hot tub/pool! It was clean and comfortable — it felt more like a hotel!" … "Nice spot! I camped on their small campsite so I cannot say much about the rooms, but the facilities were excellent, as was the service -- when I asked where hitchhikers can hit the road to Roturoa, the staff told me, "Well, it's...
Rotorua Central Backpackers
"Rotorua Central Backpackers is clean, comfortable, and welcoming. The Location It isn't in the best part of Rotorua; there's an escort service next door. But there's a police station right across the street, so it's probably perfectly safe. It's only two blocks from the bus station, and three blocks from the supermarket. Rooms and Bathrooms The dorm we saw was a single large room with six twin beds in it, and the hostel...
"The best hostel we've ever stayed at! One of those places that actually looks as good as the photos (which doesn't happen very often eh?!). The bedroom was freshly painted, with a big bed with a thick fleecy throw and fluffy pillows. And even though it wasn't that cold when we stayed the heating was available. Bathrooms were also spotless and brand new with constant hot water available. The kitchen was definitely my favorite place — big shiny...
Spa Lodge Backpackers
"The Spa Lodge is a small, friendly hostel located in a central location in Rotorua. From the outside, it looks a little rundown and it's hard to see the hostel sign from the street, so keep a good eye out. There is twenty-four hour access to the hostel, but you must check in before reception closes around 8 unless you've made previous arrangements. The hostel also boasts its own natural hot spring that has limited hours -- so make sure you...
"Astray is a BBH hostel centrally located in the Rotorua central business district. Many of the features seem rather new, so the hostel is in very good condition. The Location The hostel is right in the center of the Rotorua CBD, next to the Rotorua City Bus bus stop, so it provides easy access to the rest of the city whether you want to go by foot or city bus. It is also only a couple of blocks from the iSite, where all of the buses...
Blarneys Rock Backpackers
"We once again asked at the Tourist Information Office for the cheapest hostel in town and were sent to Blarneys Rock Backpackers. Truly, it is cheap, rather basic, and not too clean. The Location The hostel is located very centrally, just a block away from the i-site/tourist information and bus stops. There is a pub next door and a small grocery shop and restaurants up the road. The great location, however, is of not much use, because...
Astray Motel And Backpackers
"More than a hostel! - We had a double en suite -- the room and common facilities were well-maintained and clean and the location was great. Staff was friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend this accommodation to a friend." … "… cosy, clean, centrally located and have funky decor! Our common area with full kitchen facilities (2 full ovens, 2 fridges, microwave and hob) is also home to a big screen plasma television...
Oasis Hostel Rotorua
"… night's sleep. We also have a fully-equipped kitchen with two ovens and two fridges so that all our guests have a space of their own. You can even have BBQs and picnics in our lovely grassy backyard! Our hostel feature modern showers and bathrooms, a sauna, Sky TV, Internet access and Wi-Fi, lockers, a pool table, foosball, washing machines, an on-site car park and a tennis court. Our English-, Korean- and Japanese-speaking...
Rotorua Downtown Backpackers
"Our property has recently been refurbished and was re-opened in December 2012 We have brand new beds, bunks and bedding Free WIFI & Computers Outside courtyard area with BBQ Free tea & coffee, pasta & rice Large range of movies Discount vouchers available for local activities BBQ Common Room Free City Maps Hairdryers Hot Showers Internet Access Jobs Board Key Card Access Kitchen Laundry Facilities Linen Included Lockers Luggage Storage...
Four Canoes Hostel & Bar
"Go For It - Four Canoes is a relatively new hostel and because of this did not have any reviews when I took a chance and decided to stay there. Wow, what an amazing place. It's a renovated hotel from the 40s full of classic charm and modern amenities. The kitchen and outdoor pool really stand out, the staff was very friendly and helped with any questions I had about the area. It's also an incredibly good deal for the quality of room you get....
Rock Solid Backpackers
"Everything was perfect - As ideal as a hostel can get. I was in a 3 then 4 bed dorm, in Nov 2013. I don't have time to write more (limited internet), but just know that it's very much worth the stay -- great prices, clean, free wifi, spacious, great kitchen facilities and bathrooms, cool and very helpful staff." … "… full height of the building which can be viewed from the comfort of their lounge through the floor-to-ceiling...
Rotorua Planet Backpackers
"… twin ,double, and dorm beds with a price range of between $23 to $25 P/P, with heaters in each room.washing, drying facilities, outdoor barbecue courtyard,full kitchen with crockery and utensils, tv and video library, internet and CD burning.We have a very active information desk which offers heavily discounted prices for activities and attractions.we can also organize transport accommodation through out NZ. our website is...
Funky Green Voyager
"Want to stay in a real villa? Then Funky Green Voyager is made for you. It's a small place with few people and a super cosy atmosphere. And there is all the chilling space you could ever wish for! The Location The hostel is located out of the town centre, which is really convenient if you have your own car and need parking space -- there is plenty on the premises and on the wide, quiet side street in front of the hostel. It's apparently...
"Meh - not much life. had spiders in room and bathroom. has a small spring spa in the back, makes the hostel smell like rotten eggs. not sure how common this is in rotorua though." … "… a few high heel clicks away from the restaurant/café strip, 300 metres of the lakefront and bus station and in the centre of all Rotorua has to offer you.The Regent Flashpackers is designed with you in mind, an adventure seeking global nomad,...
"We had a fantastic stay at Lyons Lake Stay. It is spotlessly clean and furnished to a very high standard. It is a beautiful and peaceful location. Cheryl went out of her way to sort out excursions for us and her organic breakfast was delicious. All in all a great place to stay at a very reasonable prices." … "A very welcoming and relaxing place to stay. Wonderful hostess who cannot do enough for you when you are there. Very clean...
The Grand Hotel
"… available at The Grand Hotel, feel free to ask at reception when you check in about upgrading to one of our Economy or Premier rooms if you fancy a little more luxury for your stay. WIFI vouchers can be purchased from reception, or receive complimentary WIFI access whilst enjoying a meal or some drinks downstairs in The Great Kiwi Ale House. This is our onsite bar and restaurant, with its new menu focusing on Kiwi favourites-with a...
Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua
"… on a game of pool, catch the game on our big-screen TV or just relax and enjoy the atmosphere. Mallards Bar also has wireless broadband internet so you can relax and catchup with friends and family via email using your laptop. To finish the night off, how about a relaxing dip in our heated indoor swimming pool, or lay back in one of our three private spa pools that are available for free use. We offer a Premium Suite, Superior...
"Refurbished in 2012, Mercure Rotorua offers huge twin queen studio units, deluxe one bedroom units, and family units with Sky TV, heating, free parking, and daily servicing. We are just a five minute drive from Rotorua city centre.All rooms have a refrigerator, private bathroom, tea/coffee making facilities and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some rooms include kitchenette facilities. Guest laundry facilities are available, along...
SilverOaks Hotel Geyserland
"The Hotel offers a stunning view over the Pohutu Geyser and mud pools, and is directly opposite the Botanical Gardens.The 70 rooms Hotel offers Business rooms, Geyser View Rooms, Pool View Rooms and Family Studio rooms, all rooms offer ensuite with bath/ shower, tea/ coffee making facilities, security, internet connection, mini bar, hair dryer, iron and ironing board, central heating, work station, Balcony.The Hotel facilities include...
Six on Union
"A Small 10 unit motel on quite residential street but only a 5 minute walk from rotorua city centre. Spa and swimming pool. All units have a full kitchen" … 6 Union Street
Rotorua Travel Tips & Suggestions
Really loved the place. Agrodome, Pig and Whistle Pub, and Hells Gate are all musts while in Rotorua.
Awesome place for Maori and NZ culture and history, but other than that a little boring for my tastes. Zorbing is a must do though!
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