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The Backyard Inn

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60 Tarewa Road, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand (Formerly Kiwipaka Hostel)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Stayed in a four bed lodge and although it was four single beds the room was clean and bright. We did have a small problem with ants as we left some chocolate out which I am sure the ants appreciated so watch out for that but there is room to store your food in the communal kitchen which is what... More 

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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

we saw this bar when coming into town for dinner, what a nice hidden spot! the man at the bar was pretty pleasant to chat to. thanks for the great night guys. and the fact that you guys carried Guinness on tap was amazing, i love that beer! till next time.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Reception was more like a dropzone for paying guest to dump dirty linen after stripping own rooms. As a paying guest I dont see why we should have to strip our own rooms, I am wondering if guests had to make their own beds too. After I witnessed seeing this I wasn't about to stick around to find out I... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

The room above me had a very squeaky wood floor and whenever the people up there moved it was very very loud, as I was trying to sleep as well as in the early hours of the morning. When I tried to call the duty manager, neither cell phone number given was answered. Actual accommodation was good value for money... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

My mate & I are re-enactors & in transit between events. Normally we use a motel, but this time went for a cabin. Backyard is good value for what it provides: our upstairs room (not Cabin!) was a pleasant Lockwood solid timber lined place, reasonable amount of room with its own toilet & shower and central heating. There was signs... More 

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Thank Wendlewulf
treenm2014, Manager at The Backyard Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for your review, we are renovating the complex but I do appreciate your feedback on the jug and the coathangers. I will ensure we get coathangers to go in the chalets. We hope to see you again on your travels. Thanks Treen More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

We originally booked two nights here as it was cheap and a good location, I didn't expect much after reading the reviews for the place but once we arrived we extended our stay for 4 extra nights. The facilities are basic but everything you need and the the common rooms are warm and spacious. We stayed in our camper van... More 

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treenm2014, Owner at The Backyard Inn, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us - we really appreciate it. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

The pool was lovely - even better than the photos show it to be! The room was very warm. Great information board in reception showing local attractions and travel times. I'd come again, great value! Thank you.

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treenm2014, Owner at The Backyard Inn, responded to this review

Glad you were warm and toasty - we think thats pretty important for a good nights rest. thanks Treen More 

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103 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

I liked this place. We stayed in private cabins. There was a lot of space inside. Good showers. Common kitchen well equiped. Nice hot pool - the area around rooms green and good to chill. Good value for the money you pay.

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treenm2014, Owner at The Backyard Inn, responded to this review

Oh we are glad you had a nice time - hope to see you back again !! More 

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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016 via mobile

The only reason I stayed here is because all the other hotels were booked out for the long weekend. I booked a double chalet room for $85NZD for the night. The room was decent and quiet enough. The bed was clean and comfortable. The heater in the room worked really well. The room is very bare though, a double bed,... More 

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treenm2014, Owner at The Backyard Inn, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback we do appreciate it - we now have two receptionists on at busy times and have towels put in all the chalets. I apologise for the delay in getting your breakfast to you I will discuss that with our Cafe manager. Regards, Treen More 

Waitakere, Auckland, New Zealand
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

The staff were great but I was a bit disappointed there were no tea and coffee amenities in the room mind you, you do get what you pay for and the room(chalet) was nice and tidy and the room warm and comfortable and we were there for only one night. The pool is in need of a clean also there... More 

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Amenities

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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Parking
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Room types
  • Family Rooms
Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Paid Wifi
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
THE BACKYARD INN: is an eclectic mix of chalet & lodge style accommodation suitable for families, travelers & groups. It's down to earth, clean and comfy, and represents great value. OUR PEOPLE: Your Backyard Inn hosts are the McLeay Family who have been passionate about delivering warm service to Rotorua visitors since the day they put out the welcome mat in 1986. OUR PLACE: Conveniently set in four acres of park-like grounds in Rotorua's wonderous backyard, we're flanked by awesome sporting and recreational amenities - while being just a hop, skip & a jump from downtown Rotorua. OUR PLACE: Bar & Cafe with big-screen TV Thermal Hot Pool Conference & meeting facilities In-room Wi-fi available (costs apply) 29 chalets accommodating 2-6 people 64 lodge rooms sleeping 1-5, they are basic but clean Tent & campervan sites TV room and Pool table area(cost apply) Self-catering kitchen Sales desk for your itinerary plans Four acres of green, open space STAY! Travelers can enjoy their own spaces in great value lodge or chalet options or camping sites. FAMILIES: At The Backyard Inn, families can relax in a kid friendly, safe environment. Chalet accommodation is a popular family option. GROUPS: Our unique design makes us an ideal facility for large groups. Hence we're a popular base for sports, school and tour groups. With Wi-fi, meeting facilities and a travel center, we're a great choice for a conference! Come stay, play, swim, eat, drink & enjoy! ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Backyard Inn

Address: 60 Tarewa Road, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand (Formerly Kiwipaka Hostel)
Location: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Price Range: $24 - $42 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Backyard Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 93
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