Backpackers International

P O Box 878, Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, Distance from city centre: 659.9km
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Rating: 80%from 3 reviews

  • 73%Atmosphere
  • 93%Staff
  • 73%Security
  • 73%Cleanliness
  • 86%Location
  • 86%Value for money
  • 80%Facilities
Your home away from home, located on the south, western side of the island in a tropical garden setting, bathed most evenings in breathtaking sunsets. Only mins walk from beautiful, clean, white sandy beaches and one of best snorkelling on the island. We also offer a range of accomodation to suit the common backpacker. Set to provide a maximum social enviroment to mix and mingle with other travellers.

Our free airport pick up offer is for guests coming off international flights; so this does not include domestic flight transfers and return transfers.

Please also note that we do charge from 10am to 10am and so for guests arriving at 2.40am well need to reserve their stay from the previous night. We do however try to counter this by offering a late check out, but this will need to be confirmed with reception the day before check out.

We only have 2 curfews; the first being no drinking on the premises after midnight and we lock the kitchen after 11pm so as to discourage the "pilfering" of food.

If you are fine with all of the above, we would love to have you come and stay with us.
Prices are per person per night.

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Hostel Facilities & Policies

  • Age Restriction
  • Airport Transfers
  • Book Exchange
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Curfew
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Luggage Storage
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Steam Room

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.

Must-Read Hostel Info

This property has specific Terms & Conditions.

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

As our reception/office hours are NOT 24HOURS, you will need to email us your check in details.

We do not accommodate for children under the age of 12, children 12 and over must be staying with an adult.

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.

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Located on the west side of the island on Kavera Road in Arorangi. (Sunsets!)

Free International Airport transfers are offered for those that stay 3 nights or more on the condition that your arrival information exactly as shown on your flight itinerary is forwarded to us at least 36 hours prior to arrival to give us adequate time to arrange the transfer.

So, don't forget to email us with your flight details which include your flight number, time and date as stated on your ticket. - Please be sure to copy this straight from your airline ticket to avoid confusion with our infamous International Dateline.

Please note that our official check in time is at 10am, so if your flight is arriving between midnight and 6am, we require your reserve to start from the previous night.

If you are arriving off a domestic flight or you are staying less than 3 nights, we charge $10NZD per person or $15NZD if it is just yourself for airport transfers.

If you are coming to us and your already on the island. We are only a 10min walk from the Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa going clockwise. There is a sign of the mainroad pointing inland and it is a minute walk from there. There is no way you can miss us.

Located Near

We are only a minute walk to our beautiful white sandy beaches and gorgeous sunsets. Set in lush green tropical gardens, with breathtaking views of the mountains.

Just around the corner from a caf, grocery store, island loop bus-stop, internet cafe, DVD hire, gift shop, kayak and bicycle hire and liquor store.

We are also a short walk away from Dive Centre, Budget Vehicle Hire and most importantly, one of the two best snorkelling areas on the island.

If your visiting Rarotonga for a wedding, but can't afford to stay at the expensive places. We are within a 10min walking distance from the Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa, Lagoon Lodges, Aroa Beach Inn and just around the corner from Puaikura Reef Lodges.

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