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Backpackers International Hostel

P O Box 878, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands

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

75% Overall Rating 45 out of 53 customers would recommend this property based on 53 reviews

Atmosphere 86%

Cleanliness 55%

Facilities 61%

Location 82%

Safety 78%

Staff 78%

Value 86%

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Facilities

  • Late Check-out
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Airport Transfers
  • Book Exchange
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling fan
  • Common Room
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Luggage Storage
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Steam room

Important Information

We accept cash payments only and payment is due on check in.

As our reception/office hours are NOT 24HOURS, so if you are already on the island, our check in time is 12noon. BUT if you are planning to check in on Sunday and already on the island, you need to get in contact with us as WE ARE CLOSED ALL DAY SUNDAY.

If you arriving off an international flight, (yes New Zealand is NOT part of the Cook Islands so it is considered an international flight) all we require is a snapshot or copy of your arrival itinerary so we can organise your free airport pick up and check in. If your flight is arriving in the early hours of the morning/middle of the night, we do require your reservation to start from the previous night.

If you arriving off a domestic flight, we do charge $15NZD for 1 person, or $10NZD per person which includes check in. If you would rather make your own way to the hostel, that is fine, but we still require you to let us know when you will be checking into the hostel.

If you are already on the island, we can arrange a pick up at $15NZD per person, if not, we will still require you to advise us when you will be checking in.

We have a strict 3 night minimum, this is from the day you check in, to the day you check out. We reserve the right to cancel your reservation upon check in with with no refund if you stay less than 3 nights.

Lastly, we do not take children under 12 years of age as we are not suited for young families.

Check-in / Check-out

Earliest check-in: 11:00

Policies

  • Age Restriction
  • Curfew
  • Pet Friendly"

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to Rarotonga?

Contact us directly

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

Shared Rooms

Basic 6 Bed Mixed Dorm

Sleeps 6

Room types

Shared Room

Bathroom

Shared Bathroom

Grade

Basic

Private Rooms

Basic 3 Bed PRIVATE Shared Bathroom

Sleeps 3

Room types

Private Room

Bathroom

Shared Bathroom

Grade

Basic

Twin Private Shared Bathroom

Sleeps 2

Room types

Private Room

Bathroom

Shared Bathroom

Standard Double Bed Private Shared Bathroom

Sleeps 2

Room types

Private Room

Bathroom

Shared Bathroom

Grade

Standard

About Backpackers International

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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Accommodation Information

We accept cash payments only and payment is due on check in.

As our reception/office hours are NOT 24HOURS, so if you are already on the island, our check in time is 12noon. BUT if you are planning to check in on Sunday and already on the island, you need to get in contact with us as WE ARE CLOSED ALL DAY SUNDAY.

If you arriving off an international flight, (yes New Zealand is NOT part of the Cook Islands so it is considered an international flight) all we require is a snapshot or copy of your arrival itinerary so we can organise your free airport pick up and check in. If your flight is arriving in the early hours of the morning/middle of the night, we do require your reservation to start from the previous night.

If you arriving off a domestic flight, we do charge $15NZD for 1 person, or $10NZD per person which includes check in. If you would rather make your own way to the hostel, that is fine, but we still require you to let us know when you will be checking into the hostel.

If you are already on the island, we can arrange a pick up at $15NZD per person, if not, we will still require you to advise us when you will be checking in.

We have a strict 3 night minimum, this is from the day you check in, to the day you check out. We reserve the right to cancel your reservation upon check in with with no refund if you stay less than 3 nights.

Lastly, we do not take children under 12 years of age as we are not suited for young families.

Location Information

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

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 1 day before arrival. After this date, charges will be applied by the property up to the first nights cost of the reservation, unless otherwise stated in the property’s conditions. Deposits paid are non refundable.