Rotorua has always been popular with budget travellers and young people, so expect to find some exemplary Rotorua Backpackers accommodation here. Shared dorms and private rooms are available, and facilities are comprehensive.
Backpackers in Rotorua will find over a dozen well-equipped hostels to choose from. Pukuatua Street, and the roads around it (Huapapa Street, Arawa Street, Ranolf Street), is the main hub for backpackers. Further south, on Hinemaru Street, Hinemoa Street and Amohau Street, there are some bigger places, and all have facilities such as TV rooms, communal kitchens, internet access and (usually) cheap bars. Many of the motels on the Fenton Street strip, will have backpacker budget rooms, and these will often be quieter (and sometimes cheaper) than rooms in the main hostels. In high season, always book ahead if you can, to save you trawling the streets after dark looking for a room. Once they're gone, they're gone.