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“Top notch for backpackers” 5 of 5 stars
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1076 Pukuatua St, Rotorua, New Zealand   |  
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Ranked #11 of 48 Specialty Lodging in Rotorua
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Sunnyvale, California
1 review
“Top notch for backpackers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2010

Family run by a caring couple who learn their guests' names. Excellent bed, good kitchen (lots of hobs, multiple sinks & fridges), and laundry facilities. A bonus hot tub that turned me into a contented lobster. Location very close to the I-Site and intercity buses.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2010

Having defected from the Base Hostel where our bus had dropped us off, we arrived at the friendly, accommodating and spotlessly clean Central Backpackers. Situated close to the main streets and Polynesian Spa, and run by a Kiwi couple who are clearly travellers themselves, it was a nice change to the impersonal Base.

Our four bed dorm was large, spacious, with a mirror (v important for 4 girls) plenty of space for backpacks and best of all…NO bunk beds! Which was great considering we’d paid a dollar more per night for a 10 person mixed dorm in Base. It was $27 a night for a 4 bed, but would be less if you’re a BBH member.

Kitchen was clean, showers and plenty of toilets available and clean, wifi was available too paid by the megabite. They do shut the kitchen overnight though, so those looking for drunken midnight munchies will have to go elsewhere! Particularly liked the hostel’s little hot thermal spa out the back, which no one was ever in, and the reading room, which were both great to get hot / chill out in. In short – would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Berlin
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2009

It's really a clean and cosy hostel, even the female dorm has single beds. The staff is very friendly and gives you a hand in case of locate attractions (Hangi, Waimangu Valley...)

Stayed April 2009, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2009

This is a nice hostel. It feels homey and it's clean. It has a big enough kitchen and a garden and a spa. Friendly staff will help you out and make you feel welcome.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Rotorua Central Backpackers

Address: 1076 Pukuatua St, Rotorua, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 48 Specialty Lodging in Rotorua
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
1930's character building situated close to the CBD of Rotorua. We offer a range of room configurations. No ensuite facilities, cheap wifi, large shared kithen, spa pool, thermal central heating in all rooms, choice of shower or bath, bed linen included. A great place to take a break! ... more   less 
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