Reviews of hostels in Rotorua



Professional hostel critics from hostelcritic.com have visited, reviewed and assessed every hostel in Rotorua.

Rotorua is one of the few cities in the world that you may actually smell before you see; depending on the wind you may catch a whiff of its signature, sulphurous rotten-egg smell well before you actually reach it. But whenever you do encounter the smell for the first time, it makes a strong impression. You’ll get used to it quickly enough, though, and soon be on your way to taking in all the things that make Rotorua one of New Zealand’s most unique, and most visited, cities.

Because Rotorua is so popular with budget travellers, a whole industry has popped up catering to the needs of the backpacker with plenty of fast-paced activities. There’s bungee jumping, skydiving, white water rafting, jet boating, and luge rides, which were invented in Rotorua. Another Rotorua original is zorbing, where you roll down a hill inside an inflatable plastic ball.

Rotorua has a highly developed food and drink scene, and a plethora of hostels to choose from, of widely varying quality. It’s on seemingly every traveller to New Zealand’s itinerary and it can feel overly touristy, but people visit it for a reason – it’s a one-of-a-kind place.

Click on a hostel to read our reviews (and also to write your own review), or read the overview below for more detailed comparison of all hostels in Rotorua.

Funky Green Voyager
4 Union Street, Rotorua 3010
Tel (07) 346 1754
(12)
YHA Rotorua Backpackers
1278 Haupapa Street, Rotorua 3010
Tel (07) 349 4088
(6)
BASE Rotorua
1286 Arawa Street, Rotorua 3010
Tel (07) 347 9469 or 0800 227 369 (0800 BASE NZ)
(9)
Rock Solid Backpackers
1140 Hinemoa Street, Rotorua 3010
Tel (07) 282 2053
(8)
Regent Flashpackers
1181 Pukaki Street, Rotorua 3010
Tel (07) 348 3338
(0)
Rotorua Central Backpackers
1076 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua 3010
Tel (07) 349 3285
(4)
The Backyard Inn
60 Tarewa Road, Rotorua 3010
Tel (07) 347 0931
(15)
Cactus Jacks
1210 Haupapa Street, Rotorua
Tel (07) 348 3121 or 0800 122 228
(6)
Crash Palace
1271 Hinemaru Street, Rotorua 3010
Tel (07) 348 8842
(1)
Blarneys Rock
1210 Tutanekai Street, Rotorua 3010
Tel (07) 343 7904
(1)
Rotorua Downtown Backpackers
1193 Fenton Street, Rotorua 3010
Tel (07) 347 1170 or 0800 347 117
(1)
Spa Lodge
1221 Amohau Street, Rotorua 3010
Tel (07) 348 3486
(1)
Lakehouse Hotel & Backpackers
37–45 Lake Road, Rotorua
Tel (07) 348 5585
(0)
Rotorua Thermal Holiday Park
463 Old Taupo Road, Springfield, Rotorua 3015
Tel (07) 346 3140

The best located hostel in Rotorua

Rotorua's most central point is Te Manawa square at the intersection of Hinemoa and Tutanekai Streets.

Most hostels in Rotorua are fairly centrally located and only Funky Green Voyager, Backyard Inn and Lakehouse Hotel are more than a 10-minute from from Te Manawa. Based on the proximity to Te Manawa, the most central hostels in Rotorua are Rock Solid Backpackers and Blarneys Rock.

Rock Solid Backpackers 90m from Te Manawa (a one-minute walk)
Blarneys Rock 140m from Te Manawa (a two-minute walk)
Cactus Jacks 350m from Te Manawa (a four-minute walk)
Rotorua Central Backpackers 350m from Te Manawa (a five-minute walk)
Rotorua Downtown Backpackers 350m from Te Manawa (a five-minute walk)
Crash Palace 400m from Te Manawa (a five-minute walk)
Spa Lodge 450m from Te Manawa (a five-minute walk)
Regent Flashpackers 500m from Te Manawa (a six-minute walk)
YHA Rotorua Backpackers 500m from Te Manawa (a seven-minute walk)
BASE Rotorua 650m from Te Manawa (an eight-minute walk)
Funky Green Voyager 1km from Te Manawa (a 12-minute walk)
Lakehouse Hotel & Backpackers 1.3km from Te Manawa (a 17-minute walk)
The Backyard Inn 1.6km from Te Manawa (a 20-minute walk)

What amenities do the hostels in Rotorua have?

Although a couple of hostels have bars and swimming pools, most hostels in Rotorua don't offer resort-style facilities.

Funky Green Voyager      
YHA Rotorua Backpackers    
BASE Rotorua    
Rock Solid Backpackers      
Regent Flashpackers      
Rotorua Central Backpackers      
The Backyard Inn    
Cactus Jacks          
Crash Palace    
Blarneys Rock            
Rotorua Downtown Backpackers      
Spa Lodge        
Lakehouse Hotel & Backpackers        

The cleanest and best maintained hostels in Rotorua

When hostelcritic.com's hostel critics visit a hostel, they work out a score out of five for the hostel’s cleanliness and maintenance. Cleanliness and maintenance are not the same thing, but they go hand-in-hand and a hostel with a high score is usually a nice place to stay, even if hostels that score well in this category may be light on facilities or feel a little sterile. It is usually a pretty safe bet if you choose a hostel with a cleanliness and maintenance score of three or higher.

The cleanest and best maintained hostels in Rotorua are Funky Green Voyager and YHA Rotorua Backpackers.

Funky Green Voyager
YHA Rotorua Backpackers
Rock Solid Backpackers
Regent Flashpackers
BASE Rotorua
Rotorua Central Backpackers
Blarneys Rock
The Backyard Inn
Crash Palace
Rotorua Downtown Backpackers
Cactus Jacks
Spa Lodge
Lakehouse Hotel & Backpackers

Hostels in Rotorua with the best atmosphere

Essentially, a hostel with a great atmosphere is a fun place to stay. It is somewhere where you are most likely to meet other travellers and have great memories. These are often party hostels, but that is not always the case as there are some quiet hostels that have loads of charm.

Funky Green Voyager has the best atmosphere of all the hostels in Rotorua.

Funky Green Voyager
Cactus Jacks
BASE Rotorua
YHA Rotorua Backpackers
Rotorua Central Backpackers
Rock Solid Backpackers
The Backyard Inn
Crash Palace
Blarneys Rock
Regent Flashpackers
Rotorua Downtown Backpackers
Spa Lodge
Lakehouse Hotel & Backpackers

The best hostels in Rotorua for parking

Parking is generally not an issue in Rotorua as there is plenty of parking on the street and around half the hostels in Rotorua have off-street parking.

The following hostels in Rotorua offer parking for their guests:

The best hostel in Rotorua

The best hostel in Rotorua is Funky Green Voyager followed by YHA Rotorua Backpackers. You can't go wrong if you book either of these two hostels.