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The Backyard Inn, Rotorua, New Zealand

3.5-starOfficial New Zealand Rating provided by Qualmark®
60 Tarewa Road, Rotorua, 3010, New Zealand

3.5-star hostel with outdoor pool, near Tamaki Maori Village
  • Free parking
  • We acknowledge that checking in on Christmas Day may have some impact on the availability…Dec 28, 2017
  • Really nice helpful staff. Was fine for an overnight stay. The room was little but fine…Feb 26, 2017

The Backyard Inn, Rotorua, New Zealand

from NZ$94
  • 1 Bed in 4 Bed Male Dorm
  • Double Lodge
  • 4 Bed Chalet Ensuite
  • Triple Chalet Ensuite (3 Single beds)
  • 1 Bed in 4 Bed Mixed Dorm
  • Twin Lodge
  • 1 Bed in 4 Bed Female Dorm
  • Twin Chalet
  • Double Chalet Ensuite
  • 5 Bed Female Dorm
  • 5 Bed Male Dorm
  • 5 Bed Mixed Dorm
  • Single Lodge Room
  • Triple Chalet Ensuite (1 Double and 1 Single beds)

What’s around The Backyard Inn, Rotorua, New Zealand


  • Tamaki Maori Village - 23 min walk
  • Polynesian Spa - 25 min walk
  • Skyline Rotorua - 42 min walk
  • Kuirau Park - 6 min walk
  • Rotorua Hospital - 14 min walk
  • St. Faith's Anglican Church - 15 min walk
  • Tama-te-Kapua Meeting House - 16 min walk
  • Eat Street - 17 min walk

Getting around

  • Rotorua (ROT-Rotorua Regional) - 11 min drive

At a glance

Key facts


  • 98 rooms


  • Check-in time 2 PM-7:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 10 AM
  • Express check-in
The front desk is open daily from 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM.
If you are planning to arrive after 8 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)


  • WiFi in public areas *

  • WiFi in rooms *



  • Free self parking

Payment types at the property

* See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • Outdoor pool
Working away
  • Conference space
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Wheelchair-accessible path of travel
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Stay connected
  • WiFi (surcharge)
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


Bar - Onsite bar.

Onsite venue #2 - café. Open daily.

The Backyard Inn, Rotorua, New Zealand’s small print

Also known as

  • Backyard Inn Rotorua
  • Backyard Inn
  • Backyard Rotorua
  • The Backyard Inn Rotorua
  • The Backyard Inn Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
  • The Backyard Inn Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Rotorua


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed.

Optional extras

Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge

Breakfast costs between NZD $7.50 and NZD $22 for adults, and NZD $7.50 and NZD $22 for children (approximately)

WiFi is available in guestrooms for NZD 5 per 24-hour period (1-device limit, rates may vary)

WiFi is available in public areas for NZD 5 (1-device limit, 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.

Most helpful reviewsReviews are sorted based on what customers found most helpful and our recommendations

Good 7.0 From 53 reviews

Poor 2.0
We didn't stay!
We acknowledge that checking in on Christmas Day may have some impact on the availability of some facilities, however, the room was extremely basic. To get a drink of water meant either going downstairs, to the bar, or drinking from the tap. There were no cups or glasses in the room. There was no TV or fridge in the room, and I was not able to find any power points to recharge our camera batteries or our phones. The shower screen was not, as I first thought frosted glass, but rather stained with either soap scum or by the quality of the water. (The same water in the tap I would be drinking from?) Although the room could sleep three people, there was only one chair. The staircase to the room was narrow and had loose carpet. The path around the back of the building to the stairs was narrow and cluttered by chairs. We found other accomodation for only $10 more that had all the amenities that were not available at the Backyard Inn. The manager became aggressive when told of the cancellation and shouted to me there would be no refund as they could not let the room. He said that they purposefully do not state the amenities in the advert and that I had no reason to expect them to be included. With a rating of 3.5 I expected more than a bed and a room.
wendy, auOther trip
Very good 8.0
Overnight Stay
Really nice helpful staff. Was fine for an overnight stay. The room was little but fine for late arrival & early departure. Thought we'd need out own linen but turned out we didn't. Unfortunately the kids on site were running up & down early in the morning & there wasn't much to block out the sound. Depending on the situation I was in Rotorua I would look to stay here again.
auOther trip
Fair 4.0
Basic cheap stay
You get what you pay for at this place. We had stains on our sheets, half eaten biscuit and cherry left behind by the person who stayed before us. The beds had a permanent dip in the middle from long time use and I come out of the shower feeling dirtier than when I went in. That being said it was cheap and close enough to the city centre.
auOther trip
Fair 4.0
The website oversells it and it wasn't what was expected. Also the "hotpool" was ice cold on a hot day so I never got a swim in
Jennifer, nzOther trip
Good 6.0
great stay. pity the pool was not hot due to a problem with the pipes
auOther trip

The Backyard Inn, Rotorua, New Zealand

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