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  • Cottage Flair190 m
  • Rotorua Night Market190 m
  • Tamaki Maori Village230 m
  • Eat Street330 m
  • Maori Made340 m
  • Rotorua Lapidary (Rock and Mineral Supplies)360 m
  • Helium410 m
  • Rotorua Central Mall450 m
  • St. Lukes Anglican Church460 m
  • Rotorua Museum of Art & History470 m
  • Free Wi-Fi

    Rotorua Downtown Backpackers

    1193 Fenton Street, Rotorua City Center, Rotorua, New Zealand - See map

    This property is in high demand!

    Booked 38 times

    "Staff were helpful and friendly."
    lauren - May 8, 2018
    Excellent service
    8.8 rating for service
    Exceptional reputation
    Recommended by 84% of guests
    Very good cleanliness
    7.8 rating for cleanliness
    Very good comfort
    7.7 room quality and comfort
    • Airport transfer

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Garden

    • Laundry service

    • Smoking area

    Cheaper than 99% of all properties in Rotorua in the last 24 hours

    Compared to 420 Rotorua properties at Agoda for various dates

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    Location score
    9.5/10
    Cheapest price score
    Review score - United States
    8.6/10
    Value for money score
    8.4/10
    Better than
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    Value for money8.4
    Distance to city center0.2 Km
    Location rating9.5
    Nearest airportRotorua Regional Airport (ROT)
    Distance to airport6.3 km

    Rooms available at Rotorua Downtown Backpackers

    7.7
    Very good
    Room comfort & quality
    Bed in 12-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room with En-Suite
    Bed in 12-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room with En-Suite
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Shower
    • 1 bunk bed
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    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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    • Room size: 20 m²/215 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    Twin Bunk Bed Room
    Twin Bunk Bed Room
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    • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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    • Room size: 8 m²/86 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
    1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
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    • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 bunk bed
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    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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    • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
    • City view
    • 4 single beds
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    Double
    Double
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    • Room size: 10 m²/108 ft²
    • Non-smoking
    • 1 double bed
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    1 Person in 8-Bed Standard Dormitory - Mixed
    1 Person in 8-Bed Standard Dormitory - Mixed
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    • Room size: 14 m²/151 ft²
    • City view
    • 4 bunk beds
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    1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
    1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
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      What people love about Rotorua Downtown Backpackers

      • 8.8
        Excellent
        Staff 

        "The staff were very helpful and friendly."

        Paula

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        September 15, 2018

      • 8.4
        Excellent
        Staff 

        "Staff are super friendly and helpful"

        Penny

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        May 28, 2018

      • 9.6
        Exceptional
        Staff 

        "Staff are nice and rooms are good."

        Rian

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        October 11, 2018

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      10.0
      Exceptional

      "The best wifi connection, the best location, and the best ho..."

      Afidahsuzani

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      July 15, 2018

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      13 mentions
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      7 mentions
      Food & Dining
      1 mention

      What they offer

      9.6
      Exceptional

      "Like us, we have halloween party during our stay."

      WAN N.

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      November 7, 2018

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      Reviews of Rotorua Downtown Backpackers from real guests

      Overall rating
      8.1
      Excellent
      From 1005 reviews
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      Rating via Agoda8.4
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      Cleanliness7.8
      Facilities7.5
      Location9.5
      Room comfort and quality7.7
      Service8.8
      Value for money8.4
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      9+ Exceptional (53)
      8-9 Excellent (39)
      7-8 Very Good (22)
      6-7 Good (8)
      <6 Below Expectation (9)
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      8.8
      Excellent
      Tegan from Australia
      Couple
      Double
      Stayed 2 nights in July 2019

      Excellent”

      The room was clean and comfy. Bathrooms and kitchen were always clean. The road was a little noisy at night but nothing major. Parking was a bit difficult but saw there was 180 min free parking across the road at the iSite so was able to sleep in and not rush in the morning.

      Reviewed July 21, 2019
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Ioannis
      Couple
      Double
      Stayed 1 night in May 2019

      Exceptional”

      We had a great and a value for money stay in the center of Rotorua. The room was nice, clean, and laundry was available on site for a small fee. The only downside was the small kitchen and the fact that the toilets do not have separate lights in them, making a bit hard to see, especially at night. Thank you.

      Reviewed May 29, 2019
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Tran from Vietnam
      Solo traveler
      1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
      Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

      Best hostel in town”

      The room is so clean and comfy, large and quiet. The staff was very nice and helpful. They give free rice and pasta for guests. I really like the living room area that people stay to eat dinner and watch movies. This is the first hostel that make me feel like home. The location is great, close to Rotorua Information Tourism Center that easy to walk to catch the Interciy bus back to Auckland. Highly recommended. I would rate at 10.

      Reviewed May 01, 2019
      9.2
      Exceptional
      Parisa from United States
      Solo traveler
      1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
      Stayed 2 nights in February 2019

      Not my favorite ”

      This hostel was okay, but definitely not the best I’ve ever stayed in. It was a bit run down. The bathrooms constantly had water flooding the floor from both the toilets and the showers. The beds were okay but it would be nice if the outlets around the room were accessible (I could see one behind the bed but couldn’t get to to). Okay for a day maybe, but not much more.

      Reviewed February 04, 2019
      9.6
      Exceptional
      WAN from Malaysia
      Group
      1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
      Stayed 3 nights in October 2018

      Location and friendly staff and free foods”

      Walking distance to some famous attraction points. Free rice and free pasta everyday, you just have to request from the staff. Every friday night got free bbq too. Sometime they will have special event or party. Like us, we have halloween party during our stay. Staffs are friendly and helpful, when we check in, they will bring us for a hostel tour and explain everything to us. Well kitchen facilities.

      Reviewed November 07, 2018
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Rian from Philippines
      Solo traveler
      Double
      Stayed 3 nights in October 2018

      Great rooms, great staff”

      So near to i-Site Rotorua. Convenient for pick up and drop off for tours. Staff are nice and rooms are good. They iffer rice and pasta for free. No lift/evelators, so luggages must be carried up. We visited in early October, so it is still cold. The toilet and bath is well maintained, however the water in the shower is either freezing cold or scalding hot. Other than that, I hihhly recommend this place.

      Reviewed October 11, 2018
      6.8
      Good
      Sanni from Finland
      Solo traveler
      1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
      Stayed 1 night in April 2019

      Good”

      Had the nicest check in ever, staff was great. Location is good, bathrooms were fairly clean and room was clean. The only thing was that the matress was extremely uncomfortable so i didn’t manage to get much sleep because of that.

      Reviewed April 09, 2019
      8.0
      Excellent
      rose from Taiwan
      Group
      Twin Bunk Bed Room
      Stayed 2 nights in June 2019

      great location but not enough power outlet”

      Short walk from i-Site, staff were friendly, the only problem is not having a power outlet in the room, or at least in the room we stayed in.

      Reviewed June 20, 2019
      8.4
      Excellent
      Jiabao from China
      Solo traveler
      1 Person in 12-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
      Stayed 6 nights in May 2019

      nice”

      lack of tables and chairs.

      Reviewed June 10, 2019
      10.0
      Exceptional
      Liping
      Solo traveler
      1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
      Stayed 2 nights in April 2019

      Exceptional”

      Great value for money, I enjoyed the 4-bed dorm to myself! And I was invited to the free barbecue.

      Reviewed May 03, 2019
      9.6
      Exceptional
      leng from Malaysia
      Couple
      Double
      Stayed 1 night in June 2018

      Toilet lights broken and no hot water but love the staff and the hotel”

      When i was there the lights were briken so toilet looks abit like haunted lololol i had to ask my bf to stay watch outside coz im scared a lil, no biggie but just me being scared of (a little) dark toilet. There was no hot water so i went down n asked and was told they have to switch it on and we have to wait so i didnt want to wait and walked to the famous Polynesian Spa for shower. I love the staff here and the wifi is PERFECT throughout our stay. I love the location its right beside isite and all the eateries and shoppings and spa and all bus stops. I will definitely be back again

      Reviewed June 25, 2018

      Kia ora leng Thank you very much for your review, greatly appreciated. We apologize for the lack of lighting in our bathrooms, we are currently working to rectify this and hopefully we will see you again in the near future. Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday around our beautiful country:) Nga mihi nui RDB whanau

      Responded June 27, 2018
      Rotorua Downtown Backpackers
      10.0
      Exceptional
      leng from Malaysia
      Couple
      Double
      Stayed 1 night in June 2018

      No location better ! Superb”

      Love everything about RDB and the wifi is SUPER FAST ! Best place to e’ve stayed so far ! Just two streets away from Polynesian Spa and supermarket is around the corner so is all the souvenirs shops and all the restaurants are right by the side of RDB. I site is just next door lol so basically u cant find anywhere better than RDB

      Reviewed June 13, 2018

      Kia ora Thank you very much for reviewing us, greatly appreciated. Nga mihi nui RDB whanau

      Responded June 27, 2018
      Rotorua Downtown Backpackers
      9.2
      Exceptional
      Pilar from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Double
      Stayed 2 nights in May 2018

      Amazing staff and great rooms”

      The hostel is located just next to the InterCity bus stop what was perfect for us. Staff is super friendly and helpful. We stayed in a double room, good size room and bed with a nice big window. Shared toilets and kitchen are ok. Nothing special but do the trick. 100% recommend

      Reviewed May 12, 2018

      Kia ora Pilar Thank you very much for reviewing us, we greatly appreciate your comments. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels and you will join us again:) Nga mihi nui RDB whanau

      Responded June 27, 2018
      Rotorua Downtown Backpackers
      8.4
      Excellent
      lauren from United States
      Solo traveler
      1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
      Stayed 1 night in April 2018

      Overall happy”

      Staff were helpful and friendly. The location is great. Only negative would be the bathroom water issue. One sink with constant slow run, another slow to drain, the showers constantly leaking out into the main bathroom area, into the toilet area. It was addressed when I brought to someone's attention yet this is likely a larger issue which should be addressed.

      Reviewed May 08, 2018

      Kia ora Lauren Thank you for taking the time to review us. Thank you for bringing the bathrooms to our attention, we are working on these issues to get them fixed. Thank you for staying with us and hopefully you can stay with us again:) Nga mihi nui RDB whanau

      Responded June 27, 2018
      Rotorua Downtown Backpackers
      9.2
      Exceptional
      Aria from United Kingdom
      Couple
      Double
      Stayed 3 nights in April 2018

      Lovely friendly hostel in a good location ”

      The staff here are super friendly. There are lots of nice touches, such as free rice and pasta that you can use for your cooking in addition to free tea and coffee. There's a nice vibe in this hostel! Our room was a double room and it was comfortable and clean with plenty of room. It was nice to have free WiFi considering a lot of places unnecessarily charge! The hostel is well located directly next to the i-site and a short walk from the lake. We drove and although there's no free parking around the hostel it's free from 9-5 And there is alternative parking 5 minutes walk away. Overall, a brilliantly positive experience and a great example of when staff can make all the difference.

      Reviewed April 30, 2018

      Kia ora Aria Thank you very much for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us here at RDB, and we hope you can visit again during your travels:) Nga mihi nui RDB whanau

      Responded June 27, 2018
      Rotorua Downtown Backpackers
      8.8
      Excellent
      Rebecca from United States
      Solo traveler
      1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
      Stayed 1 night in January 2018

      Excellent”

      Perfect location and helpful staff. I was just there for 1/2 the night as i had to catch the 3am bus. it is right next to the i-site center and bus stop so that was perfect. i was in a big dorm room with 10 beds. there was only one small window and a fan. with so many people and not enough air flow, the room was quite stuffy, hot and actually smelled pretty bad of sweat and body odor. not sure if anything could be done about that, but that is my only complaint.

      Reviewed January 13, 2018

      Kia ora Rebecca Thank you very much for taking the time to review us, unfortunately during the high season and the heat, it does tend to get uncomfortable. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your travel:) Nga mihi nui RDB whanau

      Responded June 27, 2018
      Rotorua Downtown Backpackers
      9.2
      Exceptional
      Louis from Hong Kong
      Solo traveler
      1 Person in 4-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
      Stayed 1 night in November 2017

      Central location”

      Common area is basically a drinking place. Quiet lounge non-existent (as far as I'm aware). Room size is good. Not enough lights in bathroom. Next to bus station. Close to shops and markets and lake. Reasonable walking distance from supermarket (5-10min)

      Reviewed November 27, 2017
      9.2
      Exceptional
      Yeo from Singapore
      Solo traveler
      1 Person in 10-Bed Dormitory - Mixed
      Stayed 2 nights in November 2017

      Near to Bus terminal and I-site! ”

      it's a 1 min walk from the bus terminal to this place! staff there are friendly, room and toilets are clean. They provide hot showers and surprisingly, they also offer pasta and rice upon request, the free friday BBQ night was a bonus to me, they would invite the people down for free BBQ food! appreciate that! the hostel is near to travel desks, you may get decent discounts from Peterpan travel agent (walking distance from the hostel) if you're looking for some tours or package! there are some eateries around the hostel and supermarket is just a walking distance. My stay was comfortable but the downside would be.. there are not much sockets to charge your device ( they do have extension plugs but way to far from your bed)

      Reviewed November 22, 2017
      9.6
      Exceptional
      Rove-Ann
      Group
      1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
      Stayed 2 nights in October 2017

      Affordable at the city center”

      Location: it's in the city center. There are lots of shops and restaurants around. They close early though - around 4-5PM. There are limited parking in front. It's free from 5/6PM - 9AM. You have to pay $1/hour outside the free time. Room: We booked 2 beds in a 6-bed female dormitory (3 bunk beds). There's a clothes heater inside. There's a common sockets where people can charge phones. There are small lockers under the beds but we didn't use it. You need to have your own padlocks. Our bags are just beside the door (our bunk bed is beside the door). We had bad experience with our last room mate. When we woke up, the room smelled alcohol. According to my friend, the girl puked twice late at night in her bed. Reason, maybe she came from a party downstairs. Facilities: The kitchen have cooking sets and cutlery we need. There's a lounge with cable TV beside it. Internet (wifi) is only available here, not in the rooms upstairs. So we had to stay until late at night in the lounge just to use the internet. There's a "veranda" or "gathering" place for alcohols, cigarettes, and parties at the back. Every time the door opens, you will hear loud noises of people getting drank and smoking. In our last night, a birthday party was held and many people were drunk - included our room mate. I didn't like it. Drunk people should have stayed in the lounge until they get sober in the morning as they smell bad when they enter their rooms upstairs. Showers and toilets are just across the room in the 2nd floor. They are okay. There's only one shower unit wherein the towel hanger is quite high for small people like me. Reception: They are friendly and accommodating. They gave us rice when we asked for it. Pasta and rice are free. You just have to cook it first. ;) At first, we thought, they are already cooked and we just have to get them. Haha.

      Reviewed November 04, 2017
      8.4
      Excellent
      Mei from Hong Kong
      Solo traveler
      1 Person in 6-Bed Dormitory - Female Only
      Stayed 1 night in March 2017

      friendly staff”

      just bad luck to have the most inconsiderate roommates, but nothing to do with the hostel. The place was lovely, few steps to the information center and intercity bus, super convenient. staff were friendly and polite. kitchen and bathrooms were nice. may visit again:)

      Reviewed March 28, 2017
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