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Rock Solid Backpackers


Kia ora - welcome to Rock Solid Backpackers located in the heart of down town Rotorua. Owned and operated by locals Barry and Vanessa Miller and their dedicated team, who 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 shopping arcade and office block, this is not a cosy country cottage but if a large comfortable funky industrial-style inner city accommodation at very reasonable rates is what you are after - look no further than Rock Solid!

Guest lounge

The large comfortable reception guest lounge is the hub of the hostel with FREE High Speed WiiI, 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 and Dining Room

We have 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 Facility

Coin operated washing machines, driers and laundry powder dispensers are also available.

Tours and 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.


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.

Age Limit

Not suitable for children. Minimum 18 years old.


Rock Solid Backpackers is an International Backpacker Hostel. We DO NOT cater for Stag or Hen night groups nor do we cater for Party Groups or Sports Teams. We also require a Credit Card for security on arrival!

Meet Our Team

Vanessa and Barry

Owners Vanessa and Barry are committed to making Rock Solid Backpackers Rotorua's top hostel!

Rock Solid Hosts

Sione, Jury, Margret and Julia are friendly, professional and knowledgeable about everything Rotorua.

Rock Solid Housekeeping

Our Housekeeping Team keep Rock Solid clean and comfortable - Fiona, Yanlet and the team.

The Whole Team

At Rock Solid Backpackers we are proud of our Hostel and glad to have you as our guest!

Guest Feedback

"This is easily the best hostel I stayed in whilst in NZ. Great people, great location (5 minutes walk to the bus stop, town centre, supermarket etc.), great facilities (top kitchen, free pool and table tennis, free xbox etc.!) and great value!"

"The location was excellent. The staff were really nice and helpful. The hostel was extremely clean and nice to be in. It was easy to book activities and the staff were really helpful in giving information on things to do. The kitchen was great, it had everything and was clean. Finally the hostel also had a lounge with pool tables, Xbox, table tennis, so there was always something to do when the weather wasn't great."

"This place is pretty damn awesome. The common area was great, clean, it was fun watching the rock climbers and chilling out. The staff were super helpful and friendly, gave us great suggestions on what to do when we asked them for recommendations. The kitchens are well equipped, as is the laundry. The internet is fast and we had no trouble with noise in our 4 bed dorm."

"This hostel was probably the best hostel we stayed in in NZ. The location was excellent and the couple running it, Barry and Vanessa were so nice and extremely helpful. They helped us with booking tours and really took a genuine interest in making sure we had a great stay in Rotorua! The hostel has excellent facilities such as a pool table, really recent DVDs, Xbox 360 and of a course a rock climbing facility too!"

Book your stay now at Rock Solid Backpackers with NO booking fees. Your home away from home!