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Rarotonga Backpackers
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“Great if you stay one of the private huts, not so great if you don't”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2012

We stayed in Raratonga Backbackers for the first few nights in a private room in the "dorm" which was a little run down, but not that bad. The showers and bathroom are clean and the staff is nice. They also have bikes available to use. We than moved to a private hut which is definitely the way to go. A little more (obviously) but worth it all the way! They are very new and clean inside and are very comfortable. We enjoyed our stay here and would come back!

Room Tip: Stay in one of the huts on the beach!
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  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Orewa, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2012

We spent ten days at one of the Garden Bungalows - a few hundred yards along the road from the Rarotonga Backpackers - Beachside. The cabin had all the basics and was an inexpensive base with the bus passing a minute's walk way.There was also a shop with most things just a minute's walk away. The bungalows are a little isolated if you want to go out a lot and don't have transport - there is little in the way of anywhere to eat out within reasonable walking distance. But we found the buses reliable. The location of Rarotonga Backpackers - beachside is fantastic - right on the beach and if we went back we'd probably rent one of the cabins there instead. The pool is a bit tired, but we used it often for a quick cool off, in between crashing the flash resort pool areas. In Rarotonga no-one seems to mind you using the pools at the big resorts - so long as you order the occasional beer or coffee or snack. The Rarotongan Resort pool was fantastic. A great way to holiday on a budget!!! Our only complaint about the bungalow we rented was the shocking TV reception. But we had a few DVDs with us - so we coped.

Room Tip: Ask for one of the two newer bungalows - the one we had by the gate was a bit rundown and the two ne...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2011

I was unpleasantly surprised to discover that the the "ladies only" dorm I had reserved was not only occupied by four men, but that one of the other occupants preferred to sleep in the nude. Other travelers in the same hostel had changed rooms because of this and management did nothing to correct the situation. There was no opportunity to change currency between the airport and the hostel - where you are expected to pay in $NZ. The bathroom and other facilities were very run down and the management office was rarely open. At one point, the door to the ladies room was locked by the cleaning staff for an entire day before I called to have someone unlock it for us. I will look elsewhere if I plan to stay on Raro again.

Room Tip: Go for one of the private bungalows on the beach - these were actually very nice looking.
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2011

We booked into one of the Beachside site beach huts for 8 nights and was really impressed by the place. The hut was so clean and right on the beach. You can't really snorkel on that part of the island though. The hut had a ceiling fan and no air conditioning which was probably the only sticking point, but for the price it was about right. The staff were really friendly and helpful too.

Would stay there again for sure.

  • Stayed December 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2011

RAROTONGA BACKPACKERS! not the usual backpackers as its nice, spacious& reasonably clean!! great if ur on the go!! POOL& BEACH all in one location, loved every day I spent there!!

  • Stayed November 2011
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Additional Information about Rarotonga Backpackers

Property: Rarotonga Backpackers
Address: PO Box 3103, Arorangi, Cook Islands
Region: Cook Islands > Southern Cook Islands > Rarotonga > Arorangi
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Arorangi
Number of rooms: 63
Also Known As:
Rarotonga Backpackers Hotel Arorangi
Rarotonga Backpackers Cook Islands - Arorangi

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