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Guest reviews

3.5/5 Good
164 reviews
Guests rated this property 3.4/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Parking included
  • Restaurant
  • Kitchen
  • Breakfast Available
  • Business Services


Explore the area

Popular LocationKuirau Park6 min walk
Popular LocationRotorua Hospital14 min walk
Popular LocationEat Street17 min walk
AirportRotorua (ROT-Rotorua Regional)11 min drive

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About this area


The Backyard Inn is located in Rotorua. Polynesian Spa is a notable landmark, and the area's natural beauty can be seen at Lake Rotorua and Lake Rotoiti. Looking to enjoy an event or a game while in town? See what's going on at Racing Rotorua, or consider a night out at Matariki Hangi & Maori Cultural Performance.

Visit our Rotorua travel guide
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Kuirau Park - 6 min walk
  • Rotorua Hospital - 14 min walk
  • Eat Street - 17 min walk
  • Rotorua Night Market - 18 min walk
  • Rotorua Central Mall - 2 min drive

Getting around

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


  • Bar — 1 min walk

About this property

The Backyard Inn

3.5-star hostel near Polynesian Spa
A restaurant, an outdoor pool and a bar/lounge are available at this hostel. Self parking is free. Other amenities include a coffee shop/café, WiFi in public areas and conference space. All 98 rooms offer wireless Internet access (surcharge).
The Backyard Inn offers 98 forms of accommodation. This Rotorua hostel provides wireless Internet access for a surcharge. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen.
Recreational amenities at the hostel include an outdoor pool.

Property amenities


Available in all rooms: WiFi (NZD 5 per 24-hour period)
Available in some public areas: WiFi (NZD 5 per 24-hour period)
In-room WiFi has a 1-device limit
WiFi in public areas has a 1-device limit

Parking and public transport

Free self parking

Food and drink

Cooked-to-order breakfast available for a fee daily 7 AM–noon
1 restaurant and 1 coffee shop/cafe
1 bar

Things to do

Outdoor pool

Family friendly

Laundry facilities
Outdoor pool

Guest services

Concierge services
Front desk (limited hours)
Laundry facilities
Luggage storage
Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken


Business services

Conference space


BBQ grill(s)
Picnic area


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.
Wheelchair-accessible parking
Wheelchair-accessible path of travel


Designated smoking areas (fines apply)

Room amenities



Food and drink

Shared kitchen access


Connecting rooms available



Check-in between 2 PM and 7:00 PM
Express check-in
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

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
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types


Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Fee for in-room wireless Internet: NZD 5 per 24-hour period (1-device limit, rates may vary)
  • Fee for wireless Internet in public areas: NZD 5 per 24-hour period (1-device limit, rates may vary)
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
    Noise-free guestrooms cannot be guaranteed. Safety features at this property include carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, a security system and a first aid kit.
  • This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Disinfectant is used to clean the property.
  • Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 48 hours between bookings.

We should mention

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

National rating

Qualmark® assigns an official star rating for accommodation in New Zealand. This Backpacker property has been rated 3 star plus, which is displayed on this page as 3.5 stars.
Official New Zealand Rating provided by Qualmark®

Property is also known as

Backyard Inn Rotorua
Backyard Inn
Backyard Rotorua

Frequently asked questions

Can I cancel my reservation for free at The Backyard Inn and receive a full refund?
Yes, The Backyard Inn offers free cancellation on select room rates, because flexibility matters! Please refer to The Backyard Inn cancellation policy on our site for more details about any exclusions or requirements.
Does this property have a pool?
Yes, this property has an outdoor pool.
Is The Backyard Inn pet-friendly?
No, only service animals are welcome at the property.
How much is parking at The Backyard Inn?
Self-parking is free at this property.
What time is check-in at The Backyard Inn?
Check-in is from 2 PM to 7:00 PM.
What time is check-out at The Backyard Inn?
Checkout is at 10 AM.
Where is The Backyard Inn located?
Situated in Rotorua, this hostel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Kuirau Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Polynesian Spa and Skyline Rotorua. Lake Rotorua is 2.5 mi (4 km) away.

Guest reviews

Overall score and ratings for The Backyard Inn

5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Mediocre
1 - Poor
Service and Staff
Property condition


  • Liked: Cleanliness, amenities, property conditions & facilities

Stayed 1 night in Jan 2020


  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service

Stayed 2 nights in Jan 2020

4/5 Good

  • Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service

It was just very average, provided coffee and tea however no milk or fridge, very small rooms Lovely staff

Stayed 1 night in Dec 2019


    Ideal for backpackers but not couples

    For backpacker or group of friends this is the perfect accommodatio. BBut for couple it's a bit too root :)

    Stayed 2 nights in Dec 2019


    • Liked: Staff & service

    Everything was adequate and fairly clean. I suppose you get what you pay for and this place was very cheap.

    Stayed 8 nights in Dec 2019