Backpacker Hostels in Rotorua, New Zealand

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Get to know Rotorua (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Rotorua. To help you make friends with Rotorua before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Rotorua, New Zealand, is a city located on the North Island of New Zealand. The city name was derived from Lake Rotorua, which is situated right next to it. The term “Rotorua” is Maori, and can be translated as “two lakes” whereas “roto” means lake and “rua” means two. By surface area, Lake Rotorua is the second-largest on the North Island and covers almost eighty square kilometres. The crater of a huge volcano in the well-known Taupo Volcanic Zone, a large volcanic area on the island, formed this scenic lake. However, the last big eruption occurred approximately two hundred forty thousand years ago. The lake and therefore the city of Rotorua are a very popular tourist destination. It is the biggest economic factor in the region and the industry has been growing year after year.

Many tourists visit the area for the geothermal areas. Geysers and bubbling mud pools are a major tourist attraction. One of the most famous sights is Te Puia, which is located nearby the city center and features sixty hectares of geothermal wonders. The world famous Pohutu Geyser is located in Te Puia and the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute. Around thirty kilometres south of Rotorua, you can find the stunning Wai-O-Tapu, a Maori term for "sacred waters." The active geothermal area boasts numerous colourful hot springs. Another major attraction is the Lady Knox Geyser, which can produce a jet of water up to twenty metres high. If you want to get to know the Maori culture, visit the Maori village. Whakarewarewa is open all year long and shows you everything about the cultural traditions, handcrafts, and famous dances.

The inland climate in Rotorua is mild and precipitation is possible all year round. You can expect about one hundred seventeen days of rain a year. In summer, from December to February, the average daily maximum temperatures hover around twenty-three degrees Celsius. In spring and autumn, you can expect maximum temperatures from fifteen to twenty-one degrees Celsius.

The city of Rotorua is a tourist hub. Hence, you can find any sort of accommodation from top-notch hotels to campgrounds as well as inexpensive hostels in Rotorua, New Zealand. There are numerous hostels in Rotorua, New Zealand; most of the budget places are located right in the centre of the city. In summer, the place can be very busy, so it is recommendable to book your Rotorua, New Zealand hostel or accommodation in advance.

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FAQ about Rotorua Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Rotorua. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Rotorua. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Rotorua costs on average $21 for a dorm. A hostel in Rotorua with private rooms costs on average $70. shows all 10 Hostels in Rotorua. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay. compares prices for 10 hostels in Rotorua, New Zealand. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Rotorua such as
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Your Packing List for Rotorua

Your Packing List for Rotorua

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You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

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Rotorua Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Rotorua, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
10 Total number of hostels
$21 Average dorm price
$70 Average private room price
$20 Cheapest hostel in Rotorua
3 Party hostels in Rotorua
Rotorua Downtown Backpackers is the best rated
5.8 Average rating of all hostels

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Whakatane (68 Km / 42 mi.)
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Travel Tips for Rotorua - from the Community

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