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Rotorua Central Backpackers

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Auckland, New Zealand
Reviewed 1 October 2016

This is one place best avoided! Good points: Well situated, easy short walk into the town centre and bus stops. No bunks, individual beds, much better than bunks, and comfortable. Big windows provide lots of natural light, and good heating for winter. Ok point: There is parking for maybe eight cars on the premises. If you're late then you'll have...

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RotoruaCentral, Owner at Rotorua Central Backpackers, responded to this review

WOW Bri quite the rant You are right - we have space for 8 cars in our car park. Half of the on-street car parking is free - the other half is $2 for all day parking. Our hostel is a 1936 era building that has has been converted into a backpackers. Most people like the character. It has two...

Rockville, Maryland
Reviewed 29 September 2016

Super location -- easy walk to shops, restaurants, fabulous Maori museum, and lake with hot springs for feet sore from hiking in the redwood forests. My young adult children and I stayed in one room with comfy beds - each with our own. The hosts are very helpful and gracious. The place is very busy, but everyone is friendly and...

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Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

We had an awesome time at Central Backpackers Rotorua. We were greeted by name on arrival by Neil the owner who proceeded to give us advice on what to do with our 2 day stay. Private room was bigger than some hotels and bed was huge. Not a party hostel. No noise, hot showers and wifi good enough to stream...

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Myself and my partner had a lovely couple of days at Central Backpackers in Rotorua. We had a double room which was nice and quiet although very cold even when the heating was on! The hostel has a big kitchen and a hot tub which we didn't get to try but looked cosy. Easy walking distance to all of the...

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Thank efhap31
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

First off, amazing location. Just a quick walk from the I-site and many things are within walking distance. Great experience from the get go, was greeted by Neil, who got us sorted out and then helped us carry our bags up (thanks still so much!!! (: it was a big help after a long day of travel). I loved having...

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Thank theres_a_step
UK
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Stayed here 3 nights. It reminds me of an old house in England. Beds were comfy. There was unlimited Wi-Fi. Kitchen was perfect. The lounge was cosy with a tv. Atmosphere was great. Very happy. Close to everything. Supermarket is just down the road.

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Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 5 August 2016

We stayed at this hostel for a couple of nights. The staff were very friendly and helpful, especially Flo and Neil. The room wascomfy, warm and toasty, but perhaps a little too warm as we slept, however this was easily fixed by opening a window and turning the heat down. (Note: It takes a long time for the heaters to...

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Thank Teague G
Reviewed 3 August 2016

i spent 2 night in RCB and had an awesome stay there. they have really good house rules to keep the hostel quiet and comfortable for all backpackers and is quite safe because they have a front door lock. perfect place for a budget traveler. free wifi and enough sockets. no bunk beds.

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Thank Ian L
Kuching, Malaysia
Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Room, bathroom, kitchen is clean. Good location. Opposite to police station so you got no worries about anything. Walking distance to eat street & it just a short walk . Comfy bed, comfy room. Classic style. In the morning cn hear people walked at upstart so a bit disturbing

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Wijhe, The Netherlands
Reviewed 4 March 2016 via mobile

We've spend 3 nights in the Central Backpackers hostel in Rotorua. It is a great hostel. Very clean, free unlimited wifi, no bunkbeds, great location and a fully equipped kitchen. It's a 5 min walk to the nearest supermarket (pak 'n save) and a 5 minute walk from the i-site and local shops. Overall a great stay and I would...

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  • Free Parking
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Free Parking
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 

Additional Information about Rotorua Central Backpackers

Address: 1076 Pukuatua St, Rotorua, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Price Range: $35 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
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“close to town centre, lovely hosts!”
 of 5 bubbles 507nehag, 14 Nov 2016 | Read review
“I saw only one dorm room, and it was good. But as good as it is, it is not worth the sour treatment of the staff. Go elsewhere!”
 of 5 bubbles BrianInAuckland, 1 Oct 2016 | Read review
“be aware of crazy kitchen rules”
 of 5 bubbles browneyes1989, 12 Oct 2015 | Read review
“All the rooms seemed good. Even my room facing the street and the police station was not noisy.”
 of 5 bubbles andrewmilton, 15 Jan 2015 | Read review
“All the same i had a single room double bed.$40 2 nights thats good value in australian dollars.”
 of 5 bubbles razorpod, 19 Sep 2014 | Read review
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