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Rotorua & BOP Backpackers & Hostels

Located within the Pacific Rim of Fire, Rotorua’s geothermal landscape has created some of the areas most famous attractions such as its bubbling (and slightly foul smelling) mud pools, hot springs and geysers. Coupled with its rich Maori Culture, Rotorua is a must see part of New Zealand. While The Bay of Plenty is famed for its beautiful beaches, kiwi fruit and the country’s only active marine volcano.

Currently 22 hostels in this area

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Award winning
Winner of the 2014, 2016 and 2017 TNT Golden Backpack Best Accommodation. No place you'd rather be - We've got it all: The sun, the surf, and the sea!
Voted best backpackers in NZ 2017, 2016 and 2014. We offer FREE car parking, surfboards and Wifi
Unique layout
We offer a unique range of affordable accommodation which gives you the feel of any style accommodation whether its motel, motor camp or backpackers.
Outdoor areas, large lounge, kitchen & dining, pool tables, library, computers, laundry
Award Winning
Rock Solid Backpackers is a large comfortable funky industrial-style inner city accommodation with views from the lounge over a 17m high rock climbing wall!
Unlimited FREE WiFi, DVDs, pool table, table tennis & XBox. Affiliated with The Backpacker Group.
Explore Travel Stay
Tauranga’s Newest Backpackers. Dorms & Private rooms available. High Quality Low Cost. Close to CBD
Free WIFI, Jobs Available, BBQ, Kitchen, Library, Games, Fireplace, Storage, Laundry, Free parking
5 star Qualmark
YHA Rotorua is a purpose built backpackers right beside Kuirau Park, Rotorua's free geothermal attraction. A perfect location for your complete Rotorua experience.
Spacious modern kitchen, large outdoor deck & BBQ, TV room & DVDs, laundry, 2GB free WiFi per day
Swimming pool
Cheap rates and located in the centre of Rotorua! Nightly entertainment in Lava bar located onsite, DJs, beer pong, and much more! Party until 3am!
Swimming pool, free car parking, 24 hour security, female only rooms, expert local travel advice
Modern & creative
Brand new, modern, artistic and creative. We are located in the Tauranga central city. Just 2 mins walk to the intercity bus stop, restaurants, bars and clubs.
Perfect location! Arrive as a stranger, leave as a friend. Very cool, modern, friendly environment
Crash Palace Backpackers
Crash Palace Backpackers
Beds from $17. All you can eat. Free WiFi. New Zealand's cheapest hostel! Rotorua's most reviewed backpackers! Book activities direct with us, we save you money!
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Blistered with geysers, hot pools and thermal streams, the bizarre geothermal world under Rotorua has made it one of the most popular destinations in New Zealand, synonymous around the world with spa resorts and lakeside tranquillity.

Geologically, it serves as a gateway to the more mountainous terrain further north, typified by Mt. Ngauruhoe in the Tongariro National Park, and the faults beneath Rotorua manifest themselves in ways not found anywhere else in New Zealand.

With the numerous fertile lakes surrounding the area, it is no surprise that Rotorua was a hub for Maori tribes, and it was an active site during the Musket Wars of the 1820s. Mokoai Island in the middle of Lake Rotorua was an important 'Pa' (or defensive settlememt) for the Te Arawa tribe, and was the site of an invasion by the Ngaphui tribe armed with muskets traded from the English. Tamaki Village on the south shores of Lake Rotorua celebrates Maori culture with dance and music shows, and trips on the lake in a 'Waku' - traditional wood carved canoes.

If you’ve been backpacking around the North Island and are starting to feel the effects, Rotorua makes the perfect stop off before venturing on further south. With more than dozen to choose from, spas and thermal water baths dominate the town, each offering a range of treatments from mud pools to soda springs heated from beneath the earth.

As you’d expect from such a vibrant hub, Rotorua has a very lively backpacker community, with stacks of hostels to choose from, many with their own pool. Most of the accommodation is clustered around the Government Gardens and Kuirau Park, where there’s also a Top 10 if you’re camping. The town centre itself has a very simple, budget feel to it, and is ideal if you’re looking for an inexpensive place to relax for a few days while working your way around the spas.

Bay Of Plenty

This sweeping crescent lapped by the clement waters of the South Pacific, Bay of Plenty evokes all the imagery after which it was named – fertile and bountiful lands, a temperate climate and beautiful unspoilt beaches. A tour of this region makes it immediately obvious why it was so attractive to Cook in 1769, and why it was established as a trading hub and whaling station once European settlers began to arrive. So attractive was the land in this region that even the Treaty of Waitangi – that great pacifier and moderating conduit through which Europeans and Maori were able to establish peaceable relations – could not quell the competing interests, drawn by the lucrative farming and fishing. In recent decades, the region has found itself a niche, obliging the global explosion in avocados and kiwi fruit.

Nowadays, Bay of Plenty counts tourism among its prosperous attributes, and there is much to see and do. Tauranga, once the site of bitter conflict between Maori and European settlers, has today grown into a truly global city. Still a very important port city, this has helped Tauranga imbibe influence from across the world, with restaurants which would not look out of place on a Parisian walkway. Similarly, Tauranga Art Gallery is considered one of the finest venues in the world for contemporary Polynesian art. A walk along Papamoa Beach under the shadows of Mt. Manganui is an unparalleled work of art itself, with views across the cobalt waters to Motiti and Mayor Islands.

From Tauranga, take a drive down Highway 2 to Matata, then join 35 which closely follows the coast up to beautiful and secluded Waihau Bay. Camp on the beach at easterly most cape of New Zealand, and be woken by the Pacific lapping the fine sand. There is a real feeling of being at the end of the world at Waihau, with the thick canopy of rewarewa, totara and beech trees extending toward the beach edge contrasting the endless distance of the Pacific.

All Other Backpacker Hostels in This Area

Apple Tree Cottage
47 Maxwell Road, Tauranga
+64 (0)7 576 4001
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Astray Motel & Backpackers
1202 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua
0800 481200 or +64 (0)7 3481200
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Karibu Backpackers
13 Landing Road, Whakatane
+64 (0)7 307 8276
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Waiteti Trout Stream Backpackers
14 Okona Cres,Ngongotaha,Rotorua
+64 (0)7 357 5255
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Seagulls Guesthouse
12 Hinau Street, Mount Maunganui
+64 (0)7 574 2099
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Cactus Jacks Backpackers
1210 Haupapa Street, Rotorua
0800 122228
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King’s Retreat
109 Tablelands Road RD1, Opotiki
+64 27 312 5398 or 02 73125398
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Rotorua Central Backpackers
1076 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua
+64 (0)7 349 3285
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Mount Backpackers
87 Maunganui Road, Mount Maunganui
+64 (0)7 575 0860
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Loft 109
8/109 Devonport Road, Tauranga
+64 (0)7 579 5638
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Tauranga Central Backpackers
Cnr Harrington & Willow Streets, Tauranga
+64 (0)7 571 6222
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Funky Green Voyager
4 Union Street, Rotorua
+64 (0)7 346 1754
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Kingfisher Backpackers' Lodge
122b Work Road, Katikati
02 78418125
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Spa Lodge
1221 Amohau St, Rotorua
+64 (0)7 348 3486
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