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1 room, 2 adults

The Backyard Inn

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

3.5-star hostel with outdoor pool, near Polynesian Spa
  • Free parking
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Fantastic service
Great pool
Could use a good cleaning
More comfort would be nice

The Backyard Inn

  • 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


  • Polynesian Spa - 25-minute walk
  • Skyline Rotorua - 42-minute walk
  • Kuirau Park - 6-minute walk
  • Rotorua Hospital - 14-minute walk
  • St. Faith's Anglican Church - 15-minute walk
  • Tama-te-Kapua Meeting House - 16-minute walk
  • Eat Street - 17-minute walk
  • Rotorua Night Market - 18-minute 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. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • No cots (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 – On-site bar.

On-site venue No. 2 – café. Open daily.

The Backyard Inn’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 Backyard Inn Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Rotorua


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms. These 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.

Guests can rest easy knowing that there's carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector, 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.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.

Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 48 hours between bookings.

Optional extras

Credit card charges are subject to an extra charge

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.

FAQs for The Backyard Inn

  • Is there a pool at The Backyard Inn?
    Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Are pets allowed at The Backyard Inn?
    Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
  • Is parking offered at The Backyard Inn?
    Yes, there's free self parking.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at The Backyard Inn?
    You can check in from 2 PM to 7:00 PM. Check-out time is 10 AM.
  • Are there restaurants at or near The Backyard Inn?
    Yes, there's an on-site restaurant.

Recent reviews

Good 7.0 From 53 reviews

Good 6.0
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 :)
Dimitri, sg2 night trip
Good 6.0
Back yard Inn stay
n reference to the amount that was paid for the accommodation the rooms were ok, the budget rooms contain two beds and an table and chair, there is heating but no cooling. You can open the window but there is not much of a breeze and no fans in the room. The rooms get quite warm, the female communal showers had no locks on the door. the pillows were low quality and there were no extra pillows available in the room and no towels were provided in the room, and it does not mention on the website that for these room s you will be required to provide your own towel. I will think twice before booking this place again if I was travelling through Rotorua.
au4 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
We feel like at home during our stay! It was lovely! Thanks!
Chi Ming, hk1 night romance trip
Very good 8.0
Quite and friendly staff
nz4 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
All fine :-)
no problems at all. A very simple room, but that’s all I needed. Thank you!
Paul, nz1 night trip
Very good 8.0
Good heated swimming pool
Brent, nz2 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Nice Stay in Rotorua
Had a nice, comfortable stay at The Backyard Inn. It was convenient to the attractions in Rotorua as long as you have a rental car. Also, the geothermal pool was a cool feature!
Aaron, us1 night trip with friends
Fair 4.0
Too noisy, not clean.
Yogesh, au3 night romance trip
Very good 8.0
good service and well maintained good for staying
Hardeep, nz1 night family 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, nz1 night trip

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