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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My fiancee and I were apprehensive about our first stay in a hostel, but knew it was a necessity if we were going to keep within budget for our round the world trip. Our stay in Rock Solid was the best possible introduction to the world of hostels! We stayed in a private double room for two nights. The room... More 

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RockSolidNZ, Owner at Rock Solid Backpackers, responded to this review

Kia ora Thank you for the great comments. We are so pleased you chose Rock Solid to start your hostel experience and very happy you enjoyed your stay with us especially our guest lounge with views to the Rock Climbing wall, spaciousness and cleanliness. We do love sharing our hostel, culture and city with fab guests who appreciate everything we... More 

La Spezia, Italy
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really close to the i-site and bus stop. Friendly envirolment. Staff was very helpful. We stayed in a double room with private bathroom. It was very big and clean. Common spaces both the kitchen and the living room were huge and well equipped.

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Thank chiaramargherita
RockSolidNZ, Owner at Rock Solid Backpackers, responded to this review

Kia ora Thank you for the great comments. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us. We do love sharing our hostel, culture and city with fab guests who appreciate everything we have to offer! We wish you continued amazing experiences and safe travels! Kia pai to ra Vanessa More 

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83 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A nice backpacker hostel but beware If you arrive after 10pm and even with a booking they don't facilitate check in. Clean hostel with good showers and comfortable beds. Excellent location with free parking in front of TamakiVillage Office. There's also a rock climbing wall you can do for 12$

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RockSolidNZ, Owner at Rock Solid Backpackers, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback we are glad you enjoyed your stay especially the cleanilness and comfort and proximity to Tamaki Maori Village HQ. We do have free parking available in front of the hostel as wel,l from 5pm-9am weekdays and free during the weekend. Guests are welcome to check in from 8am-10pm which is clearly stated on all our... More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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14 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

We stayed the night of 23rd October 2016. The check-in ladies were extremely friendly and helpful and the toilets and rooms were very clean and modern. I would definitely recommend and will be back next time I am in Rotorua.

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RockSolidNZ, Owner at Rock Solid Backpackers, responded to this review

Kia ora Rachel Thank you for the great comments. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us. We do love sharing our hostel, culture and city with fab guests who appreciate everything we have to offer! We wish you continued amazing experiences and safe travels! Kia pai to ra Vanessa More 

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18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed my one night stay here in Rotorua. I had an ensuite room which was spotless, I've stayed in many hotels which cost more which weren't nearly in the same condition. Location is great too, being within walking distance of numerous cafes, bars and restaurants. Also close to the tourist office and many bus connections. There's a climbing wall and... More 

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RockSolidNZ, Owner at Rock Solid Backpackers, responded to this review

Kia ora Edward Thank you for your excellent comments. We are especially glad you enjoyed the quality and value of our private ensuite rooms and central location to everything. We do enjoy sharing our hostel, culture and city with guests who appreciate everything we have to offer. Many thanks and safe journeys! More 

Windsor, Canada
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

This hostel was my first home here in New Zealand; I lived here for two months after coming from Auckland and absolutely loved it! The staff here are great and very informative about the area, the owners are just lovely and make you feel very welcome, and the backpackers working for accommodation are great as well. It's clean, modern, bright,... More 

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RockSolidNZ, Owner at Rock Solid Backpackers, responded to this review

Kia ora It was pleasure having you stay with us and so lovely to see you again before you left. Your working, travels and experiences here have obviously been good for you too as you looked absolutely fabulous! We wish you continued amazing experiences and safe travels! Vanessa More 

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11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Loved this hostel, its so clean n comfy. Staff are brilliant n friendly. Lundary is good priced. Showers are brilliant. Its got lots to do in th hostel too. So far in two n half years of traveling for hostel purposes this has been the best hostel ive stayed in. In centre town right next to peter pans where u... More 

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RockSolidNZ, Owner at Rock Solid Backpackers, responded to this review

Kia ora Hayle Thank you for the brilliant comments. We love sharing our hostel, city and culture with fab guests who appreciate everything we have to offer. Kia pai to ra and continued amazing experiences! Vanessa More 

Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Great staff. Helpful, friendly and interested. The private double room was spacious and very clean. Great value for money in expensive Rotorua. It was interesting having the viewing windows for the indoor rock-climbing. Very central to downtown Rotorua restaurants and sights. Right around the corner from the Thursday markets!

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RockSolidNZ, Owner at Rock Solid Backpackers, responded to this review

Kia ora Pamela Thank you for the super comments - It was our pleasure hosting you as we enjoy sharing our hostel, culture and amazing city with fab guests like you. Kia pai to ra - Tere haumaru Have a great day and safe travels! More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Most amazing place to stay at the staff are amazing they are so humble and humerus and know how to make a joke. The rooms and facilities are so well kept this is the cleanest place we have stayed at this whole time we have been in NZ.

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RockSolidNZ, Owner at Rock Solid Backpackers, responded to this review

Kia ora Rebkah Thank you for the lovely comments - It was our pleasure hosting you as we enjoy sharing our hostel, culture and amazing city with fab guests like you. Kia pai to ra - Tere haumaru Have a great day and safe travels! More 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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34 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

My friends and I are on road trip around new zealand and we stop at one city for one night. Our stay at Rock Solid Backpackers was simply great. Clean room and great amenities, value for money. The location is strategic for as it is located very near to the POIs in Rotorua. Would recommend.

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RockSolidNZ, Owner at Rock Solid Backpackers, responded to this review

Kia ora Thank you for the super comments - It was our pleasure hosting you as we enjoy sharing our hostel, culture and amazing city with fab guests like you. Kia pai to ra - Tere haumaru Have a great day and safe travels! More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
BIG BOLD & BRIGHT! Kia ora - Welcome to Rock Solid Backpackers located in the heart of downtown Rotorua. Owned and operated by locals Barry & Vanessa Miller and their dedicated team, they really do care about their guest's comfort and enjoyment and love sharing their hostel and town with their international visitors. Based in a former office block, this large industrial-style building is no cosy cottage but a funky inner city chill out zone at reasonable rates. Guest lounge The large comfortable reception guest lounge is the hub of the hostel with FREE High Speed WiFi, FREE pool table, FREE Table Tennis and FREE XBox. FREE DVDs and FREE book exchange corner. They also have FREE luggage and bike storage room including a fridge to store your food while waiting to check in or depart. Also unique to Rock Solid is being able to view a 17m high rock climbing wall through floor-to-ceiling windows from this guest lounge. Or if you feel like having a go, guests can climb for just $12 which includes, shoes, harness, chalk and climbing until you drop(not literally!) Or if you prefer a bit of arty culture you can check out what's on in the Basement Arts Cinema downstairs too! Kitchen & Dining Room A large well equipped guest kitchen and dining room for guests to prepare and cook their meals and snacks. This hostel also actively recycles packaging. Guest Laundry Coin operated washing machines, driers and laundry powder dispensers are also available. Tours & Activities Rotorua is the ultimate north island adventure and cultural destination, offering a huge range of activities to suit every taste, budget and thrill factor which hosts are happy to arrange for their guests. Parking There is both limited free public street parking and charge meter parking available in front of the hostel. From 5pm-9am (daily) this parking is FREE. It is also free from Saturday 12:00 noon to Monday 9:00am. More information is available on request. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rock Solid Backpackers

Address: 1140 Hinemoa Street | Downtown Rotorua, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > North Island > Bay of Plenty Region > Rotorua District > Rotorua
Price Range: $26 - $76 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Rock Solid Backpackers 2*
Number of rooms: 19
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