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1 room, 2 adults

Base Rotorua - Hostel

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1286 Arawa Street, Rotorua, 3010, New Zealand

Adults-only hostel with outdoor pool, near Polynesian Spa
  • Free WiFi in lobby and free parking
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  • Only one thing is the cleanliness. Need to be improved, especially for the kitchen. Nov 26, 2020
  • Great location, provides the basics you need at a reasonable price.Feb 12, 2020

Base Rotorua - Hostel

from NZ$59
  • Shared Dormitory, Ensuite (8 Beds)
  • Double Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Double or Twin Room, Ensuite
  • Shared Dormitory (10 Beds)
  • Shared Dormitory, Women only, Ensuite (Sanctuary)

What’s around Base Rotorua - Hostel


  • Heart of Rotorua
  • Polynesian Spa - 14 min walk
  • Eat Street - 5 min walk
  • Kuirau Park - 6 min walk
  • Rotorua Night Market - 6 min walk
  • Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Centre - 7 min walk
  • Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Centre - 7 min walk
  • Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance - 8 min walk

Getting around

  • Rotorua (ROT-Rotorua Regional) - 14 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 30 rooms
  • Arranged over 4 floors


  • Check-in time 2 PM-11:30 PM
  • Check-out time is 10:30 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • New Zealand may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19.
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum guest age is 18
  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • WiFi in rooms *



  • Free self parking on site

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • Caters to adults only
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Continental breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Skydiving nearby
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Year Built - 1975
  • Designated smoking areas

In the room

Sleep well
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Tempur-Pedic mattress
Freshen up
  • Hair dryer (on request)
Stay connected
  • WiFi (surcharge)
  • Daily housekeeping

Special features



  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Skydiving nearby

Base Rotorua - Hostel’s small print

Also known as

  • Base Hostel Rotorua
  • Base Rotorua
  • Rotorua Base
  • Hot Rock Backpackers Hotel Rotorua
  • Base Rotorua Hostel
  • Base Rotorua - Hostel Rotorua
  • Base Rotorua - Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • Base Rotorua - Hostel Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Rotorua


Guests can rest easy knowing there's a fire extinguisher, a security system, and a first aid kit on site.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place and guests are provided with hand sanitizer.

Contactless check-in and contactless check-out are available.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings.

The property affirms that it adheres to the Intertek Cristal (3rd party expert - Global) sanitization guidelines.

This property accepts credit cards.

Optional extras

Continental breakfast is offered for an extra charge of NZD 5 per person (approximately)

WiFi is available in guestrooms for NZD 4.00 per hour (rates may vary)

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.

FAQs for Base Rotorua - Hostel

  • Does Base Rotorua - Hostel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Base Rotorua - Hostel does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Base Rotorua - Hostel?
    This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer and social distancing measures are in place. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Is parking offered on site at Base Rotorua - Hostel?
    Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Is there a pool at Base Rotorua - Hostel?
    Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Are pets allowed at Base Rotorua - Hostel?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Base Rotorua - Hostel?
    You can check in from 2 PM - 11:30 PM. Check-out time is 10:30 AM. Contactless check-in and check-out are available.
  • Are there restaurants at or near Base Rotorua - Hostel?
    Yes, there's an onsite restaurant. Nearby restaurants include Artisan Cafe (4-min walk), Ali Baba's Tunisian Takeaways (4-min walk), and Fat Dog Café & Bar (4-min walk).

Recent reviews

Very good 8.2 From 19 reviews

Exceptional 10.0
The beds could be better, but for the price, this hostel is a great find. It’s clean and the staff is friendly. There’s even a geothermal pool on site. The food at the bar is tasty and affordable. I think the place must have been recently renovated because it is so clean. We had a private room with two beds (a double and a twin) with private bath and kitchen (microwave, fridge, sink, kettle). It’s certainly nothing fancy, but a clean comfortable place to stay.
Craig, ca3 night family trip
Very good 8.0
Good hostel experience
Overall it was a good hostel experience. Nice people working there, very accomodating. Great location, very close to the mountain.The dorm room near the entrance is adjacent to a bar so it was a little noisy til around 12:30 am, but that was no big deal.
Adam, us3 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Proper Hostel
Good location for visiting the thermal pools and sightseeing. Bit of a younger crowd which may be appealing to some. Bar downstairs is lively and drinks are cheap. Parking is easy. Get what you pay for-proper hostel. No more, no less. Easy to book sightseeing activities. Yes, the town smells, but that’s not the Hostel’s fault. It smells like sulfur.
Anne, us2 night trip
Very good 8.0
I am pleased that the room that I've requested which is away from large crowd/noise was provided to me and my family. We are able to get a good sleep.
Pammie, au2 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Great stay
Had a private room. Clean and spacious. Good location a short walk from town
Vicky, gb1 night trip
Very good 8.0
Stay here!
Staying in the Sanctuary area of the hostel was quieter and away from the noise of the nightclub especially on Saturday night. Friday night was so quiet I had the eight bed dorm to myself. The cleaners work really hard and are doing a great job. There isn't a lift and the stairs are a bit awkward but I spent 60 pounds for three nights worth it. Go to The Fat Dog Cafe, the cat cafe down the road and the park opposite the hostel has geothermal activity and footpools. Worth staying here and Rotorua is amazing.
Steph, gb3 night trip
Very good 8.0
,Handy location close to the city and local attractions
au1 night trip
Very good 8.0
Great pool and service
The staff were extremely friendly and helpful especially when I missed the bus to the Maori village. The pool is amazing 36-38 degrees can spend hours in there. The room was comfortable and had enough room. Only downside was the kitchen was dirty everytime I went in there. Bar opposite goes till midnight if you have one of the rooms on that side you can hear the music but it doesn't stay open too late.
gb1 night trip
Good 6.0
Lucky I had a few drinks otherwise I doubt I would have gone to sleep. Pretty noisy but what do u expect!!
Mel, au1 night trip
Fair 4.0
Disappointing and rundown
Base feels shabby and tired. Bathrooms were small and not very clean. Kitchen was dirty with damaged cupboards and hardly any space or crockery/cutlery, dirty fridges and no tea towels(all the dishes were in the draining rack!). Wish we had stayed at the YHA which looked new and very close by!
au3 night trip

Base Rotorua - Hostel