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Backpackers International Hostel

Hostel | PO Box 878, Rarotonga, Cook Islands .

75.1% Overall Rating

86 out of 98 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (15/11/2015)

Daphne Brennan thinks…

"it was a 2 min walk to the beach, shops are close, it is a friendly environment, the staff were excellent, met a lot of great people, would go back"

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  • Car Parking
  • Self-catering Facilities
  • No curfew
  • Games room
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Safety deposit
  • BBQ area
  • Common area / room
  • Communal kitchen
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Outside area

What's Included

  • Airport Pickup
  • Linen

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

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Welcome to the friendliest, affordable backpackers on Rarotonga! Where you are guaranteed to make new friends and have loads of fun. Read more

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About Backpackers International Hostel

A Great Place to Meet & Make new friends!

We were the very first budget accommodation on the rock!

Opened in 1985 by Bill Bates, The hostel is proudly owned and operated by the Bates family.

We cater for those who are on a tight budget; we offer basic, Clean and an affordable place to stay but would still like to experience the great island life.

Located on the west side of the island - Perfect location, 1 min strolls down to the beautiful white sandy beaches, which is great for snorkelling. There is a Takeaway cafe, Hire Shop, Corner Store and bus stop all within 1 minute walk from the Hostel and not to forget gorgeous sunsets every night!

Having a lifetime of experience, we are experts on our islands history, culture; customs and aim to help you save money but still have the fulfilling island style experience and converting you to the laid back, fun loving island style.

Our spacious kitchen and dining area is great for everyone to cook and appreciate their own personal masterpieces. Large common area so it is really easy to socialize

We have Double, Twin, 3 & 8bed Dorm rooms available, all rooms include Bedding, Fan and a personal alarm clock (Roosters) - They run the island!

We also have fitted the rooms with mosquito netting and security screens for safety and comfort.

We offer a range of different activities all designed for budget travellers, creating a comfortable social atmosphere for everyone, From Quiz Nights to Coconut Husking demos & even the Cross Island Treks for those who are looking to be more adventure, and not to forget our World Famous International Nights every Tuesday!

We look forward to being part of your next trip.

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Location Information

We're situated on the south western side of the island, which is renowned for its amazing sunsets, beautiful beaches.